What Is Journey?

A Brief History of Journey

The Journey Retreat Program began in Albany in 1986, but has a long history. It's grandparent is the Cursillo Movement which began in Spain in the 1940's. It was brought to the United States in the 1950's and has been going strong ever since.

In the early 1960's, Cursillo went to Brooklyn. Men and women who made the Cursillo Weekend asked the leaders if there was anything like this for young people. Soon the Cursillo was tailored for high school and college students.

The first name it had was the Encounter Weekend. Then in the early 1970's, it was changed to Christian Awakening. The Christian Awakening Program spread from Brooklyn to Long Island to Virginia, Washington DC, Maryland and other areas in the U.S. In 1974, the Christian Awakening came to Albany. It was a weekend designed for college students, and was organized by several UAlbany students.

In 1986, the Christian Awakening began here in Albany and was soon to undergo yet another name change. The college Journey is still going strong. It is now called the Emmaus Weekend.



Important Milestones

Journey 48, Spring 2010 - After many years at the Emmanuel Retreat Center Journey found a new home at the Dominican Retreat House

Journey 50, Spring 2011 - 50th Anniversary weekend with a large Mass celebrated by Bishop Hubbard at St. Kateri's (formerly St. Helen's)

Journey 53, Summer 2012 - First Summer Journey 


The Journey Retreat Experience IS

1. Time away to reflect on how a young person can live as a leader in his or her different communities

2. For young people who are looking for something more in their lives

3. Talking about the things which are important to young people

4. An experience which is different for each person

5. Fun with people who know how to have it! 


The Journey Retreat Experience IS NOT

1. A silent retreat with hours in the chapel kneeling

2. The solution to severe problems such as alcohol and drug abuse, problems with school, friends or family

3. A boring weekend of no fun

4. A Confirmation retreat