Emmaus Ministry
for Grieving Parents

“Do not fear; I am with you; do not be anxious; I am your God.  I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.”  –Isaiah 41: 10

Although all of our One-Hour, One-Day, and Weekend Retreats have been postponed, the Emmaus Ministry for Grieving Parents of St. Anthony Shrine continues to serve the spiritual needs of parents whose children of
any age have died by any cause, no matter how long ago.

Currently we are offering…
Saturday Morning Remote Retreats available via email: private prayer services during which we join each other virtually in solidarity for a different prayer service each week to reflect on the spirituality of the grieving process in today’s environment. Open to all grieving parents of all religions. If you have not yet participated in an Emmaus Ministry Retreat, please request inclusion in this email distribution list by emailing us at [email protected].
To access and participate in past Emmaus Ministry Saturday Morning Remote Retreats at your convenience, please join us. Parents have told us that, because of the peace and comfort they have found in these short retreats, they continue to access and revisit them many times on an ongoing basis.

Wednesday Evening Virtual Gatherings during which one of our Emmaus Ministry Spiritual Leaders offers a reflection specifically for grieving parents in today’s environment. Our first series of Virtual Gatherings recently concluded. You can view these beautiful reflections of our first five Spiritual Leaders here. Please continue to check back for news of our Second Series of Wednesday Evening Virtual Gatherings.

Virtual One-Day Retreats. We are currently discerning how best to offer our much-needed One-Day Retreats virtually. Please pray for us. If needed, we hope to begin offering these retreats soon.

One-Hour, One-Day, and Weekend Retreats! Someday soon, without a doubt, we will be back–physically—to serve the spiritual needs of all St. Anthony Shrine grieving parents. What a joyous time that will be! Our next One-Day Retreat is scheduled for August 15, 2020. We pray that it will happen. Please continue to visit this web page for updates on all upcoming retreats.

The Emmaus Ministry for Grieving Parents at St. Anthony Shrine offers spiritual retreats specifically designed for grieving parents whose children of any age (from conception to old age) have died by any cause (including miscarriage, stillbirth, abortion, suicide, overdose, murder, illness, accident, etc.), no matter how long ago.

Losing a child is horrific, devastating, and unthinkable. However, through the help of other grieving parents and the Franciscan friars of St. Anthony Shrine, you may find the comfort, peace, and hope you need by concentrating on the spirituality of your grieving process.

Consider giving  yourself the gift of getting away from everyday life to focus on where God is in your life right now–and where your child is.  In your pain, which do you feel more… the presence or the absence of God?  Where is your child right now?  Will you ever see him/her again?  Come to an Emmaus Ministry retreat for the opportunity to focus on these questions and your spiritual journey.

“I cannot tell you how many times I have stood in front of the Pieta here at the Shrine and other places—more than a thousand—and said, ‘Only you truly understand what this feels like.’  It was the grace of God and the Holy Spirit that the Friars started this ministry.  My prayers are with you.  I feel as though all of those children honored today were totally at peace and with us in spirit.”

The ministry offers One-Hour, One-Day and Weekend Spiritual Retreats, as well as special events.  All are welcome, no matter how close you do or do not feel to God.  No matter what your religion.

St. Anthony Shrine’s One-Hour Retreats are offered the first Sunday of each month after the 10:30 am Mass.  They offer spiritual nourishment and the comfort of being with–and sharing with–other grieving parents who “get it.”

For all upcoming Emmaus Ministry retreats, see www.emfgp.org.  Please check back periodically, as new programs are often added.  Or call Diane Monaghan, Paul’s Mother, at 617-542-8057 for more information.

St. Anthony Shrine is the Emmaus Ministry’s Spiritual Home and the Archdiocese of Boston is one its Partners in Ministry.   Currently, it is available in 16 states, 10 Catholic dioceses; many parishes in CT, RI,  AR, and AZ; and Ardfert Center in County Kerry, Ireland.

Reactions from parents who have participated in Emmaus retreats are available on our website, as are news articles and videos about the Emmaus Ministry for Grieving Parents.

Incredible, just incredible…I am exhausted and teary, but so grateful to have participated in this weekend… I can’t put everything into words right now, but all I can say is that this entire ministry is Spirit-filled and Spirit-inspired…. many lives were touched…beginning with the three of us…”

For more information, or to explore the possibility of bringing this ministry to your area, call Diane at 617-542-8057 or email her at [email protected]