The goal of this retreat is to help the middle school youth take greater ownership of their faith and their identity as men and women in God’s Kingdom. Using the basis of Matthew 6:33, this retreat will encourage the participants to see the importance of seeking the Kingdom of heaven. This retreat will compare and contrast the Kingdom of God and historical kingdoms, to help them recognize that a “knight” and a “lady” are not only figures in history. The retreat will place an emphasis on the Sacraments and active participation in the life of the Church.
The key to this retreat is to help the youth understand that as Christians we are held to a higher standard. We do not simply become adults one day filled with virtue. Rather, it is a life-long process that begins when we are children. This retreat will call the youth to begin developing a virtuous life. This is why the retreat focuses on young men emulating knights and young women emulating “ladies of the court.”