Cornerstone is a retreat program that has been very
meaningful in the lives of a great number of men and
Cornerstone Alumni find that they have devolved a
closer relationship with God, as well as a better understanding of
themselves and others. Many have found it a life
changing experience. Fellowship and direction are
two of the wonderful gifts many get from Cornerstone.
The retreats are gender specific, men retreats and
women retreats are held annually in parishes or among
groups of parishes, as is the case here in the Greater
Ossining area. However, all are welcome.
People form other parishes are encouraged to attend and
then bring Cornerstone to their parish.
The retreat is a 26-hour, weekend experience.
Each year a new
team is put together among new retreatants and
Cornerstone alumni, they spend a year together building
personal relationships, and producing and managing the
next retreat. Teams are predominantly lay people - your neighbors and
fellow parishioners. While Cornerstone is run by
the Laity, we have a priest and a deacon involved for
spiritual guidance. In our case Father Ed
Byrne, Pastor of St. Ann Parish in Ossining, NY, and
Deacon Al Mazza of Holy Name of Mary parish in
Croton-on-Hudson, NY, have been the force driving this
wonderful program forward.
The goal of Cornerstone is for
each retreatant to develop a stronger connection to God
so that he/she may live the life that God wants he/she
The purpose of a Cornerstone retreat is to give the retreatant answers, clarity, purpose, and hope.
means something different to each of us. One thing
it does universally, is put one in touch with other
like minded people. People who may very well team
up in Christian projects, putting their faith to work,
showing their love for God, by serving others.
The Cornerstone Concept:
Our stories are part of Godís story, and only through
sharing and owning our stories -- the good and the bad
-- can we truly begin to understand and accept ourselves
and others and to see how God is working in our lives.
Cornerstone is a 26 hour retreat, allowing adults to
become more actively involved in their spiritual
development by examining and perhaps sharing their own
stories, reflecting upon othersí, forming meaningful
relationships, and building community with God.
Cornerstone is offered separately for men and women once
a year and is held at the Church from Friday night to
Saturday evening. The team is comprised of retreatants
from the previous year who make a year long commitment
to prepare the next Cornerstone. Participants often join
team and/or form Small Christian Communities to continue
their spiritual growth in the knowledge and love of God
while helping others do the same. This concise
explanation was taken from the Church of the
website. The Church of the Presentation is
where Cornerstone began.
There is more to life than the obvious, Cornerstone
helps a seeker find all the unobvious wonders.