“Go up to the hill country; bring timber, and build the house that I may take pleasure in it and receive my glory says the Lord.” —Haggai 1:8
The Discipleship Retreats have the goal of forming mature Christians who are deeply rooted in the imitation of Jesus. These disciples will go out to make disciples of all nations (Mt 28:19) and thereby form a new "civilization of love" (Pope Paul VI). In addition, the new Retreat Center will become the home of Guadalupe Bible College after it is complete.
The current programs are run out of an old dairy barn that was converted into what is now the main retreat center building. Participants can lodge in existing dormitories, trailers, cabins, or nearby hotels. The new chapel and retreat center with 27 dorm rooms, 2 conference rooms and 2 classrooms will provide the needed space to expand and enhance the discipleship program and bible college.
After many years of planning, construction began in October of 1999. Currently the chapel and retreat center building are under roof. For a long time we tried to drill a well for water, but multiple attempts came up dry. A small miracle occured in January of 2011 when the county brought their water system to the area! In July of 2013 a new septic system was constructed. In the fall of 2013 we began work on the interior of one corner of the building (see photos below). In December 2013, we received a large donation among many other smaller donations that is anticipated to cover the remaining cost of construction! Thank you Jesus and thank you generous donors! Plans are underway to complete the building during 2014. View photos of the construction progress thus far.
Even though we anticipate we have the funds we need to complete the construction, there is still much to be done. We will need to funish the new rooms and the chapel. We will also need continued funds to operate and maintain the new building.
Please pray for this project and our community that lives at the retreat center that we may stay faithful to what the Lord wants us to do.
You can make a difference! Your contribution will directly affect how soon Presentation Ministries expands its capability of shaping the lives of Catholics.
We thank God for His vision and encouragement during this long and complex project. He has provided for all we need. All the credit goes to Him.
For more information or to send us a donation by check:
3230 McHenry Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45211