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.


LIVE Zoom Five-Hour Retreats
Join us virtually for a five-hour spiritual retreat focused on the fact that life for your child has changed, not ended. See here for more information on these retreats.  Read feedback from parents who participated in our Virtual Retreats.

LIVE Zoom One-Hour Midweek Gatherings
Give yourself the gift of getting away from everyday life for a short time to focus on your spiritual journey after the death of your precious child.
See here for more information.

Half-Hour Saturday Morning Remote Retreats via email
Featuring spiritual reflections of interest specifically to grieving parents, we invite you to join us and other parents remotely via email–or you can pray this retreat at your convenience.   See here for more information.


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.

Monthly One-Hour Retreats
Join other parents for a short Scripture reading and discussion of how the passage may or may not speak to your experience as a grieving parent. Offered in different formats at various locations.


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. 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.