Program Overview

page-image-programsEmmaus Ministry programs are offered by Emmaus Parent and Emmaus Retreat Team Companions. Download the Emmaus Overview Brochure for more information.

Emmaus Parent Companions believe that “It is in consoling that we are consoled.” Emmaus Retreat Team Companions—comprised of priests, deacons, religious, pastoral associates, and spiritual directors—believe that this ministry serves a vital, unmet need.

Together, Emmaus Parent Companions and Emmaus Retreat Team Companions, offer programs throughout the year. See Emmaus Ministry Program Schedule for exact times and locations.  Algunos de nuestros programas son en Espanol. (Some of our programs are in Spanish).


One-Day Spiritual Retreats
These retreats give you the opportunity to concentrate on your individual spiritual journey and to listen to the experiences of other grieving parents. Offered several times/year at various locations. To read what other parents have to say about our One-Day Retreats, click here.

Weekend Spiritual Retreats
These retreats enable you to escape everyday life to find comfort and seek spiritual healing with clergy, religious, and other parents on the same journey. Included are individual and group sessions, as well as liturgies and prayer services over the course of a weekend. You are invited to share as much or as little as you like. Many people participate by listening. Offered once a year at various locations. To read about what other parents have to say about our Weekend Retreats, click here.


Half-Hour Self-Directed Remote Retreats
Featuring spiritual reflections, music, and prayers specifically for grieving parents, we invite you to join together with other grieving parents in unison every Saturday morning to pray these retreats together.

One-Hour Monthly Midweek Gathering Retreats
Peace and comfort for a one-hour oasis during your busy week–offered monthly, beginning July, 2022.  Features a Spiritual Leader or Parent Witness reflection followed by a brief discussion.

Five-Hour Live Virtual Retreats
Give yourself the gift of getting away from everyday life to focus on your spiritual journey after the loss of your precious child… to focus on where God is in your life right now, and where your child is.



If you feel called to bring this ministry to your area, we can strongly support you with planning and even coming to your site to coordinate your initial retreat(s), in cooperation with your local diocese.  In addition, we can provide templates for materials, programs, prayer services, and other support necessary to begin and to continue this important bereavement companionship ministry. Currently, we are cooperating with many Catholic Archdioceses, Dioceses, and parishes throughout the United States.   But much work needs to be done.  We would be happy to come to you, at little or no cost.  Call (800) 919-9332 for more information.