What is Masters Week?
Maybe you want to join us for a service-retreat week, but you’re not interested in working through the heat of summer or the rigorous schedule of a normal group week. Maybe you have deeply examined the Catholic Social Teachings and want to dive in to deep discussions of how to live our your faith in these times. In that case, Masters Week is just for you! This special week is open to anyone age 23 and up*, who is seeking:
- an experience of service, community, simplicity, and prayer in the context of a lay Catholic community
- an opportunity to get away from the usual stressors of life and take a “technology vacation”
- a chance to get your hands dirty, repair local homes, and make a difference in the lives of other folks
- a deeper, more reflective exploration of the Bethlehem Farm cornerstones
- delicious farm-to-table food
- a slower-paced service-retreat week with built-in flexibility to meet your needs and maximize your gifts
*This week is NOT named for “master carpenters”, although they are certainly welcome. The name “Master’s Week” intends to attract anyone interested in a slower pace and reflective atmosphere, while still serving the community in a meaningful way.
How does Masters Week compare to other weeks?
You can hear it straight from a volunteer who has done both:
My Experience of Masters Week at Bethlehem Farm ~ Sr. Glenna Czachor, OSF
“I’ve had the blessing to experience both “traditional” weeks as well as a Masters’ Week at Bethlehem Farm. I felt that Masters’ Week offered me an opportunity to experience all the wonderful aspects of a week at the Farm at a little slower pace. Work projects and chores were a little less strenuous, but by no means boring or unessential. One day in the kitchen, my companions and I worked for several hours to prepare and can over two dozen jars of tomatoes! I felt that everyone was a little more at ease and generous with their time. House chores seemed to go more quickly and easily.
I also found that the week with mostly adults offered time for deeper conversations and prayer experiences. It seemed that adults are more willing and able to share at a deeper level. The house felt more quiet and retreat like…although laughter and fun, of course, is also important, no matter how old one is!
Whichever week I choose to come to Bethlehem Farm, it always feels like going home!”
HOW DO I REGISTER?
HOW DO I PREPARE FOR MY WEEK?
WHAT HAVE OTHER ADULTS SAID ABOUT THEIR MASTERS WEEK EXPERIENCE?
“This week increased my knowledge of how to serve the poor in many ways and Love the Lord.”
“My week at Bethlehem Farm was an opportunity to be surrounded by others similar to the apostles. We are one in the Spirit.”
“It was living witness to the message Christ left for us to follow.”
“This week was a welcome break from the hustle-bustle of my usual daily life. I really needed the space to pray and laugh and serve.”
Contact our volunteer coordinator, Steve, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 304-445-7143. We hope to hear from you!