What is ACTS?

ACTS is a parish-based retreat program that began in Texas in 1987 and was brought to St. Louis in 2002. The ACTS retreat program is now in parishes all over Texas, in many parishes in St. Louis, and in over 25 other states and 7 other countries.  The ACTS movement is based on Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 2, verses 42-47. This passage provides a description of the early Church and is inspiration for us in parish life: breaking bread together, worshipping together, receiving instruction together, sharing in common, and reaching out in loving service. The acronym of ACTS came to mean Adoration, Community, Theology and Service, which is today the foundation for these retreats. For more information about the worldwide ACTS movement, click the ACTS Missions link.

Parishioners of St. Gabriel are pleased to present the ACTS weekend retreat. This parish-based retreat offers the opportunity to renew your spirituality and prayer life, to enhance your relationship with our Lord and to strengthen connections to and within our parish community. Members of our parish present the retreat with spiritual direction from our parish priests. Since December 2004, hundreds of our parishioners have attended the retreats and most have gone on to help with future retreats.

A retreat begins on a Thursday evening with check-in at 6:30 pm at St. Gabriel the Archangel Church, and ends Sunday with a reception in the school cafeteria following the 11:00 am Mass.

The cost for each retreatant is $240, with $50 due upon registration. The remaining $190 is due at the Thursday check-in at the beginning of the retreat.

PLEASE NOTE: Financial difficulties should not prevent parishioners from attending the retreat. If you wish to inquire about a scholarship, or need further information regarding the retreat please contact one of the members from our ACTS Core Team.

We typically offer 2 retreats for men and 2 for women each year.

The dates of upcoming retreats are:

  • Women:    Feb. 8-11, 2018
  • Men:         Apr. 5-8, 2018
  • Women:   Oct. 11-14, 2018
  • Men:        Nov. 15-18, 2018

Approximately 7-10 days prior to the retreat, you will receive a letter describing what to bring with you (clothing, reading material, etc.) for the retreat weekend. Please call or email if you have any questions or need additional information.

CORE TEAM 2017-2018

Don Wolf 2nd term Facilitator
Lauren Timpe 1st term Co-Facilitator
Karrie Hohn 3rd term Communications
Kathy Fellin 1st term Supplies
JP Hasman 1st term Finance
Gabriel Sison 1st term Community Involvement
Laura Tynan 2nd term Spiritual Coordinator Women's Retreats
Ken Koenig 2nd term Spiritual Coordinator Men's Retreats
Vicki Prasch 2nd term Social Coordinator
Charlie Kuhn 3rd term Music Coordinator
David Baringer 3rd term Support Coordinator Women's Retreats
Kathy Orf 3rd term Support Coordinator Men's Retreats