During the three-day weekend participants live, study, worship and commune together daily. Fourteen talks are given, nine by lay people and five by clergy. Following each talk, small round table discussions focus on the main points of the talk and a poster is completed. The talks, in an overlapping fashion, present the Christian life, based on the person and teachings of Jesus Christ. The titles of these talks indicate their content: Ideal, Piety, Study, Sacraments, Action, Obstacles to Grace, Leaders, Environment, Life in Grace, Christian Community, and Total Security. There is music and singing, food and fellowship, a time for laughter and for prayer.
Via de Cristo is intended for lay people from every walk of life, for pastors, for people who live strong and active lives in Christ, and also for those who seek to be renewed and strengthened in their relationship with Christ and the people around them. Via de Cristo is open to all Christians – married couples, and single men and women.
One should keep an open mind and heart in making the decision to attend a Via de Cristo weekend. Everyone’s experience is unique, and all the conversations in the world will not become a substitute for your weekend. Many of those who have attended experienced the questions and doubts during the decision process. Having already experienced a weekend, your sponsor wants to share this wonderful gift from God with you and has prayerfully requested you “make” a weekend.
A person must experience a weekend to obtain its full and life enriching value. All involved want you to be comfortable with your decision so we ask that you pray for God’s guidance. Please be open to the call of the Holy Spirit and you will come if it is meant to be.