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Advent Retreat for High School Teens on December 13-15 in Kennebunk

KENNEBUNK---An Advent retreat for young men (ages 14-18) will be held at the Franciscan Guest House in Kennebunk from December 13-15.

“This is a weekend of prayer and community that emphasizes the theme of hope rooted in the promises of Jesus,” said Fr. Seamus Griesbach, vocations director for the Diocese of Portland. “All Catholic high school students who seek to follow the voice of Jesus and cultivate Christian hope in their own lives and share it with others are encouraged to gather for this event.”

Fr. Griesbach and area priests will serve as the hosts of the weekend that is designed to help young people who are serious about their faith and discerning a possible call to religious life.

Participants will arrive at the Franciscan Guest House, located on 26 Beach Avenue in Kennebunk, on Friday, December 13, at 5 p.m., with departure set for Sunday, December 15, at 12:45 p.m. Those attending should bring toiletries, comfortable indoor clothing, warm outdoor clothing, a Bible, rosary, journal (or paper to write on), snacks to share, and any board games/sports equipment they might like to use during free time.

“This weekend is for men who are striving to live out their faith and follow God’s will in their lives,” said Fr. Griesbach. “My hope is that the retreat offers each participant, in their own way, an opportunity to encounter Christ profoundly and meaningfully, so that when they go home or they continue on, they are in some way transformed for the better through the experience.”

For more information about the retreat, contact Fr. Griesbach at (207) 321-7805 or

For more information about discerning a vocation, visit the Diocese of Portland’s Office of Vocations website. The website features a variety of helpful resources including information about the life of a priest in Maine, the path to the priesthood, the history of the presbyterate in Maine, vocation stories, and answers to frequently asked questions.