Program Overview

page-image-programsEmmaus Ministry programs are offered by Emmaus Parent and Emmaus Retreat Team Companions. Download the Emmaus Overview Brochure (1.7MB PDF) for more information.

Emmaus Parent Companions believe that “It is in consoling that we are consoled.” Emmaus Retreat Team Companions—comprised of Catholic Clergy, Religious, and certified 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.


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.


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 monthly at various locations.


If you feel called to bring this ministry to your area, we can strongly support you by planning and coordinating 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. Call (800) 919-9332 for more information.