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God's Embrace Renewal Centers

As an entity, God’s Embrace Renewal Centers is both a vision and a school of formation. As a vision, God’s Embrace attempts to make the call to holiness an attractive and appealing invitation from God to us, in our burdened and confused lives. As a school of formation, God’s Embrace embodies the spiritual disciplines and wisdom of our Catholic saints, mystics, and theologians, thus striving to offer the best in our Catholic heritage.


Our main offering is a three year formation program that is geared to facilitate the creation of ardent disciples who would glorify God through the witness of their lives and service of the Church. The formation program relies on a threefold source: Familiarity with the Bible so that our spiritual formation is steeped in God’s revelation of Himself through Jesus Christ, and the Trinity's glorious Plan of salvation for us. Secondly that we rely on the rich heritage of Catholic Spirituality offered to us through the desert Fathers and Mothers, the mystical writings of the Church Fathers on the Trinity and Church, the contemplative traditions of the great Monastic Orders, and the ineffable teachings of the likes of Saints Francis of Assisi, Ignatius of Loyola, Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross. Thirdly, that we know well the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The desired outcome is the living of our lives within the Trinitarian Embrace, inextricably linked to the divine life of the Trinity and to one another in Christ.


Along with our three year program, we offer spiritual direction, directed retreats, days of prayer, and training in spiritual companionship to lead small groups in the three year program. There are plans to open an institute for the formation of spiritual directors for graduates of the three year program. It will be a two year formation program.

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 various programs of Christian formation led by Dr. Michael Fonseca, I was thrilled to discover that the various components of his well-tested three-year approach are now being made available to a wider audience. The user-friendly materials reflect Dr. Fonseca’s extensive practical experience in initiating students into the interior life, introducing themto 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 Coadjutor Archbishop of Newark

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