FAQ

  • When and where are Encounter Weekends held?
  • Who can make an Encounter Weekend?
  • How do I apply for an Encounter Weekend?
  • Do I have to pay to make a weekend?
  • Where am I going to be sleeping?
  • Will I be able to take a shower?
  • What should I bring?
  • Who will be at an Encounter Weekend?
  • Am I going to have to share personal stuff that I don’t want to talk about?
  • DME begins Friday at 10:00 AM and ends Sunday at 5:00 PM. Any arrivals after 10:30 AM will be asked to attend a future weekend. All candidates must commit to the ENTIRE WEEKEND. DME is held at St. Joseph Church/Bread of Life’s Community Center, located at 147 West 24th Street, Erie, PA 16502. Encounter retreats are usually held the first weekend of February, May, July, and November, though this can change.
  • Anyone may participate as long as they are a Sophomore in High School (16 years or older) through adults.
  • All you have to do is fill out an application. You can find an application on this website, as well as the address you can send it to.
  • Yes. There is a fee of $45.00 involved. This is used to cover the cost of food and the use of the facilities. If this expense is a difficulty for you, please know that this does not disqualify you from being able to participate in a DME weekend! Please contact us for more information. Many parishes have a scholarship program, and we can inform you about this further,
  • You will be sleeping on the floor of the St. Joseph’s/Bread Of Life Community Center in a sleeping bag/inflatable mattress (with permission).
  • Yes, there are showers available and everyone has the chance to take a shower.
  • First thing to remember to bring is an open heart and a willing spirit. Of personal belongings, p[lease remember to bring all the things you would normally take if you were going to be away from home for three days. You’ll need enough clothes, including one dressy outfit. You’ll also need a sleeping bag (or air mattress with permission) and a pillow. And don’t forget any toiletries you’ll need (shampoo, soap, towels, etc.)!
  • The makeup of each Divine Mercy Encounter varies a little, but usually there are around thirty people who are making a weekend and about twenty people who are working on the team during the weekend. There are usually around 15 high school age kids, 5 college/ young adults, and 5-10 adults, who will all be split up into tables based on age. At your table will also be two people around your age who have made and Encounter weekend before to help out. The other people working the retreat include the musician, the Directors, and the Spiritual Directors.
  • There is plenty of time on the weekend for sharing, if you feel comfortable, but you do not have to talk about anything you don’t want to. No one is going to expect you to answer questions about yourself or your life. You can go as far as you want.

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There is still room to make our DME weekend April 7, 8, & 9. What a great way to kick off Holy Week by spending that time with our Lord!

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