The Koinonia Retreat movement began in 1976 at Springfield, Illinois.  Members of the first meeting were looking to provide adults with an experience similar to that which T.E.C. (Teens Encounter Christ) provided.  Thus, Koinonia was designed with a two-fold purpose:

♦      To provide adult Catholics with an opportunity to experience Christian Community centered on the Paschal Mystery.   Each participant is encouraged to take part in that Christian fellowship and sharing which St. Paul describes in his epistles with the Greek word – Koinonia.

♦    To provide a depth of faith-sharing support that allows and challenges inner renewal for each participant at his or her own level.  In 1999 N.E.W. (North Eastern Wisconsin) Koinonia was formed to bring this retreat opportunity to the northeastern part of our Diocese.  A core committee composed of laypersons and clergy oversee this Diocesan approved program.  The Bishop appoints a Spiritual Director to ensure that proper theology and spirituality are reflected in the program.

The Koinonia Retreat program continues to grow.  Overall, Koinonia has been held in 28 states, in Canada and in the Bahamas.  There have been more than 2,000 weekends and over 35,000 participants.  Retreats are hosted by parishes throughout our Diocese.  Through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the spread of Koinonia continues as a self-sustaining organization.



Throughout the years we have been privileged to conduct retreats in Glidden, Mercer, Catawba, Dobie, Webster, Barron, Mellen, Weyerhauser, Hayward, Merrill, Somerset, Hudson; twice in Ashland, Tomahawk, and Ladysmith, and three times in Phillips, Woodruff, Park Falls, Hurley, Rhinelander, Spooner and Medford.  We crossed Diocesan lines with the approval of both Bishops and spent two beautiful November weekends in Menomonie and Edgar; in the LaCrosse Diocese.