Young Adults Community

The St. Francis Young Adult Community includes men and women in their 20s and 30s who come together to share with each other, grow in their faith, find fellowship, and serve others. We build community by organizing a variety of social, spiritual and service events throughout the year.  Whether single, married, discerning, widowed, divorced, with or without children – everyone can find a home in our community!

Weekly Bible Study

YAC Bible Study

St. Francis young adults, have you ever been to a Catholic Bible Study? They do exist! Come find out what they are all about on Wednesday night starting at 7:00 PM in room 403 of Anthony Hall. We are going to read each week’s readings, and talk about what they mean to us.

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Retreats

Charis Retreats – Connect, Encounter, Grow

Life is busy, hectic, frenetic.  It can be challenging for those in their 20s and 30s as they negotiate the many transitions, challenges and obstacles life presents.  We believe that taking time off and time away is a welcome and necessary break in their lives. Charis retreat experiences provide the practical tools of Ignatian spirituality in a community of peers, helping them to see God’s presence and work in their lives. Our retreat experiences help form connections and community that can sustain that exploration and deepening of faith for years to come.

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Service Opportunities

When:        May 15- May 19, 2017

Where:       St. Francis Inn Ministires, Philadelphia, PA

Join our Young Adults Ministry for a weeklong service opportunity with the Franciscans at St. Francis Inn. The Inn has been serving guests for over 35 years, providing hope to those on the margins through good food and a welcoming spirit. Our trip leaves early in the morning for the drive up to Philadelphia, and we jump right into helping with preparations for the evening meal. Throughout the week, we’ll get to serve homeless and low-income individuals and families through meal service and preparation.

We have room in the van for up to 6 participants to travel up to Philadelphia, leaving early on Monday morning and returns late Friday evening.

Join us for our information meeting on Sunday, April 23rd, at 4:00 PM in room 405 of Anthony Hall at St. Francis! We’ll talk more about what happens on this service trip, and how we can help you discern if this is what God is calling you to do. If you are interested in joining us, email me at jason.lillis@stfrancisraleigh.org, or give me a call at 919-847-8205 x244!

Charis Retreats at St. Francis of Assisi

Franciscan and Ignatian Spirituality for Young Adults

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Life is busy, hectic, frenetic.  It can be challenging for those in their 20s and 30s as they negotiate the many transitions, challenges and obstacles life presents.  We believe that taking time off and time away is a welcome and necessary break in their lives.  Charis retreat experiences provide the practical tools of Ignatian spirituality in a community of peers, helping them to see God’s presence and work in their lives. Our retreat experiences help form connections and community that can sustain that exploration and deepening of faith for years to come.

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Christ Alive in Our Marriage
June 23, 2018 (CANCELLED)
The Catholic Community of St. Francis of Assisi

 Pope Francis reminds us that, “[St. Ignatius] pointed out two criteria on love.  The first: love is expressed more clearly in actions than in words.  The second:  there is greater love in giving than in receiving.”

Are you an engaged or married couple in your 20s or 30s? Do you feel busy and need a break? Would you like to spend more time with your significant other? Do you want to work on your relationship with God?

If you answered YES to any of these questions: Try “Christ Alive in Our Marriage.”

The “Christ Alive in Our Marriage” retreat is a day-long retreat for married and engaged young adults where you will have the opportunity to reflect on:

  • Relationship: How is Christ present in your current relationship?
  • Journey: How is Christ present in your journey as a couple?
  • Call: Did you know you are called, as a couple, to be signs of hope in the world? How does Christ call you to use your gifts in the world?
  • Prayer: How can the prayer tools that the Catholic Church offers support you in your marriage?

When: June 23, 2018
Where: St. Francis of Assisi, Founder’s Room
Time: 9am-5:30pm
Cost: $25 per couple
Breakfast and lunch included!!

Moved by the Spirit: Listening to God about Life’s Decisions
November 17-19, 2017
St. Francis Springs Prayer Center, north of Burlington, NC.

Decisions, decisions, decisions… our lives are full of them. From the small — reaching out to a friend, planning to go to an event — to the large — our careers, our life partners, our involvement in the community — our choices can draw us closer to God. Still, in the midst of the noise of a busy life, how can we know where the Holy Spirit is calling us? Join other young adults in learning about tools that can help prayer be a two-way conversation with God. Pause and hear where God may be calling you to go. Reflect on how you are being invited to use your gifts. Go deeper in your relationship with God to see how the Holy Spirit moves in your life so you can live into your decisions.

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Founded in 2000, Charis Ministries reaches adults in their 20s and 30s throughout the country, nurturing their faith through retreats based in Ignatian spirituality. St. Francis of Assisi is a member of the Charis Partner Program.

What are other Raleigh young adults saying about Charis retreats?

  • “The Charis retreat team acted as tour guides, helping to map out a journey that we travel with God. The talks, small group interactions, inspirational materials, and opportunities for individual reflection helped make this weekend a beautiful stop along the path.” – Chris R., Raleigh
  • A powerful retreat that is welcoming to all. It will bring you closer to God and aid you in your transitions in ways you could never imagine. A beautiful experience. I recommend to all.” – Liza G., Durham
  • “This retreat was a chance for me to grow closer to God in a gorgeous serene setting and where I felt comfortable being myself.” – Debbie Y., Raleigh
  • “I left this retreat with new friends, and new hope as I returned to transitions I was facing in my life. I am thankful for the perspective and peace this retreat gave me.” – Justin R., Chapel Hill

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Life is busy, hectic, frenetic.  It can be challenging for those in their 20s and 30s as they negotiate the many transitions, challenges and obstacles life presents.  We believe that taking time off and time away is a welcome and necessary break in their lives.  Charis retreat experiences provide the practical tools of Ignatian spirituality in a community of peers, helping them to see God’s presence and work in their lives. Our retreat experiences help form connections and community that can sustain that exploration and deepening of faith for years to come.

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Ignatian Spirituality

Ignatian spirituality is a spirituality for everyday life. It insists that God is present in our world and active in our lives. It is a pathway to deeper prayer, good decisions guided by keen discernment, and an active life of service to others.

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There are lots of ways to help with a Charis retreat through St. Francis of Assisi. You can be a part of making it happen!

  • Give a peer witness talk
  • Lead a prayer service
  • Facilitate a small group
  • Coordinate registration
  • Implement marketing
  • Prepare retreat materials

We want to help you use your gifts to make our next retreat a great success. Complete the form below to contact a Charis Team Member at St. Francis of Assisi, for more information. Click Here to Meet Our Current Team

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There are lots of ways to help with a Charis retreat through St. Francis of Assisi. You can be a part of making it happen!

  • Give a peer witness talk
  • Lead a prayer service
  • Facilitate a small group
  • Coordinate registration
  • Implement marketing
  • Prepare retreat materials

We want to help you use your gifts to make our next retreat a great success. Complete the interest form below to contact the Charis Team Leader at St. Francis of Assisi.

Charis Contact

For more information, please contact Charis@stfrancisraleigh.org.