Retreat & Discern

Christ Renews His Parish 

Do you sense something missing in your life? Do you feel that if you weren't so busy you would be happier, healthier, more effective, more fulfilled, and maybe even a better person? Come to the next Christ Renews His Parish (CRHP) weekend!

CRHP is an incredible experience that will help you discover what's missing in your life and what to do about it. Whether you want to connect with others in the parish, improve your prayer life, or just take a break from the craziness of everyday, you'll find what you're looking for -- and more.  Click here for more details in our informational brochure.


Spring 2020

Men's Retreat: Feb 29-Mar 1
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Women's Retreat: Mar 7-8
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Fall 2020

Men's Retreat: Sept 19-20
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Women's Retreat: Oct 10-11
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Discovering Spiritual Gifts

Sat, Dec 7
9am - 1:30pm (light lunch included)
St. Francis of Assisi Parish, St. Clare Room
Limited space. Registration coming soon!
Suggested donation $25

Discovering Spiritual Gifts is an opportunity to explore and begin the process of discovering God's call in your life. Through sacred Scripture, we know that each of us has spiritual gifts (also know as charisms). In this half-day workshop, we'll learn:

  • What are spiritual gifts, and how do I know what mine are?
  • How can I recognize whether a spiritual gift is at work in my life or the lives of others?

Come and discover ways to understand and recognize your spiritual gifts! Our facilitator will be writer and spiritual director Deb Richards. She serves as Director of Faith Formation at St. Mary of Nazareth Catholic Church in Des Moines.


Additional Dates and Locations for Discovering Spiritual Gifts

October 19, 2019 at St. Mary of Nazareth, Des Moines, for details visit
March 7, 2020 at Our Lady's Immaculate Heart, Ankeny, for details visit
June 6, 2020 at St. Francis of Assisi






Emmaus House

The Emmaus House is an oasis of quiet in the midst of the busyness of life. Located near downtown Des Moines, Emmaus House Ministry offers to people of all faiths wonderful spiritual resources, including spiritual direction, private or directed retreats, a quiet chapel for daily prayer and twice weekly Eucharistic celebration. For more information or to register for an event or offering, visit or call (515) 282-4839.