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• Parish Mission
• Team-Based Retreat
• Small/Parish Group
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Kingdom of God Revealed!
Take a walk through the New Testament Gospels and allow God's Kingdom to be revealed to you through scripture.
"Come, follow Me." MT 4:19
God's Embrace Ministries is dedicated to Engaging Catholics in their faith, prayer and service to God. We invite, encourage and support Catholics to accept the invitation of Jesus!
Monday Evenings • 6:30-8:00PM
God’s Embrace Ministries is dedicated to Engaging Catholics in their faith, prayer vocation and service to God. We invite, encourage and support Catholics to accept whole-heartedly the invitation that Jesus offers to all of us:
"Come, follow me." MT 4:19
We offer Parish Missions, Team-Based retreats, directed retreats, and spiritual direction.
Dr. Michael Fonseca has been the Coordinator for Spiritual Formation in the Diaconate Program of the Diocese of Victoria, TX since 1998. He and his wife, Cherrie, facilitate God's Embrace Ministries through an Institute to form Spiritual Directors, weekend retreats, and several stand-alone formation programs in Catholic Spirituality. Alon with the formation programs, Dr. Fonseca has written Living in God's Embrace and Loving in the Masters Footsteps.
2006: God's Embrace formed as an official 501(c)(3) non-profit
2008: Program launched in Diocese of Grand Rapids, MI
2010: Program launched in Diocese of Victoria, TX
2011: Understanding God in Our Lives published
2013: Foundations & Profiles of Discipleship published
2014: Lead Me, Instruct Me, Mold Me, Hallow Me all published
2015: Anoint Us and all Leader Guides published
2016: Shepherd Me published; Lead Me & Shepherd Me received Imprimatur; God's Embrace partners with Fullness of Truth Evangelization Ministries
2017: Make Us Your Holy Family, Lord
The mission of God's Embrace Ministries is to lead, instruct, mold, and hallow Catholic faithful into becoming ardent disciples of Jesus Christ. We seek to accelerate the appreciation of their Catholic faith, leading to a deeper personal relationship with the Blessed Trinity, and devoted service to God's covenant family in diocesan and parish communities.
Having experienced first-hand the abundant fruits that the Holy Spirit brought to the Deacons, Deacon Candidates and Laity of the Diocese of Gaylord through the carious programs of Christian formation led by Dr. Michael Fonseca, I was thrilled to discover that the program is now being made available to a wider audience. The material reflects Dr. Fonseca's extensive practical experience in initiating students into the interior life, introducing them to the treasures of our Catholic spiritual tradition and providing guidance and motivation for a sustained journey of faith. I am confident that these resources, firmly rooted in Sacred Scriptures and shaped by the insights of Ignatian spirituality, would be a helpful tool for any desiring to respond to Pope Francis' call to be "Missionary disciples" enlivened by the "joy of the Gospel.
Most Rev. Bernard A. Hebda
Archbishop of Minneapolis-St. Paul MN
After speaking with Dr. Fonseca and learning more about the ministry, I am pleased to join Archbishop Bernard Hebda (Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN) and Bishop Steve Raica (Gaylord, MI) in offering my personal endorsement of God's Embrace Ministries. Like them, I too, have seen similar fruits here in the Diocese of Victoria. We are blessed to have at our disposal a program such as this, and I am certain that many will be led to the fullness of our faith and the reality of God's unconditional love for them through God's Embrace.
Most Rev. Brendan Cahill
Bishop of Victoria TX
I was compelled by a few parishioners to simply visit one of Michael's classes. I attended one Tuesday evening and within minutes of listening to his presentation was struck by Michael's gift for making the great spiritual treasure of the Church accessible to 21st Century Christians. I also knew in my heart that God wanted me to experience the God's Embrace Program to deepen and enrich my relationship with the Holy Trinity.
Rev. Fr. Wayne Flagg
Pastor, St. Michael the Archangel Church, Diocese of Victoria TX