Frequently Asked Questions
When and where are Divine Mercy Encounter retreat weekends held?
DME retreat weekends are usually held at Saint Joseph Church / Bread of Life Community at 147 West 24th Street, Erie, PA 16502. Occasionally retreats are held at special locations such as Elk County Catholic School in St. Marys, PA. Weekends begin at 10am on Friday and run through Sunday at 5pm. Retreat participants are expected to stay at the social center for the entire weekend.
Is there a cost for the DME weekends?
The cost to make the DME weekend is $45. We ask for a $20 deposit to hold your spot on a particular weekend. Sponsorships are available for anyone that cannot pay for the entire weekend. Please reach out to the DME Board members to request sponsorship.
What should I bring with me on a DME weekend?
On the DME weekend, you will be staying over at a social center or a school. In addition to the items you'd normally bring on a trip (clothes, pajamas, towels, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, any medication, etc.) you will also want to bring a sleeping bag and pillow. Inflatable mattresses are permitted, although we ask that you bring a single-sized mattress to allow for room in the sleeping area. Cots are available upon request. We also ask that you bring one dress-clothes outfit for a special event on Saturday.
Am I going to have to share personal stuff that I don't want to talk about on DME weekends?
There is plenty of time on the weekend for sharing - if you feel comfortable - but you do not have to talk about anything that you don't want to. No one is going to expect you to answer questions about yourself or your life. You can go as far as you want.
Who will be at a Divine Mercy Encounter Weekend?
The makeup of each Divine Mercy Encounter weekend varies a little, but usually around 30 people make the weekend and around 20 people work the weekend. There are usually around 15 high school aged participants, 5 - 10 college / young adult participants, and up to 8 adult participants making the weekend. At your table will also be two people around your age who have made a Divine Mercy Encounter before who will be there as your table resources to help out. The other people working the retreat include the musician, directors, and spiritual directors.
Will I be able to shower on Divine Mercy Encounter Weekends?
Yes, there are showers available and everyone has a chance to take showers.
Where am I going to be sleeping?
You will be sleeping on the floor of the location where you are making your DME. Participants are encouraged to bring a twin inflatable mattress or floor pad, a sleeping bag, or (when necessary) a cot. Some cots are available for those who need them.
Who can make a DME weekend?
Anyone can participate as long as they are a sophomore in high school and 15 years of age or older.