Come experience a weekend away with your son in the hills of Western North Carolina!
St. Joseph’s Farm will is hosting a series of father/son retreats this Spring and Summer. This one-of-a-kind retreat, featuring talks on rites of passage that engage both fathers and sons, will be a weekend of adventure, spiritual formation and prayer.
Included in the weekend will be a traditional pig slaughter and roast, skeet shooting, and more. Throughout the weekend, Jason M. Craig, co-founder of Fraternus and author of Leaving Boyhood Behind, will guide participants to a deeper understanding of their relationships as fathers and sons, their identity as men, and provide simple but important principles to strength this bond. However, the most important part is the experience of the fathers with their sons in natural Christian brotherhood.
- Price covers the cost of all the lodging, food, and experiences during for weekend.
- Also included is a copy of Leaving Boyhood Behind.
- Availability is very limited. Sign up today for early registration price of $250.
- March 29 and April 25 weekend are for 13+ (older sons in their adult years will have a great time with their fathers).
- May 17 weekend is for ages 7-12.
- Please note: if your son is older but less mature, you may bring him to the younger boy weekend. Please email details after ordering.
NOTE: Two (2) registrations are needed per family. (i.e. 1 per father, 1 per son)
Schedule and Elements Overview:
This is an overview, as an element of the unknown is necessary. Sacraments, including Mass, are not always available on every weekend, so participants should go to confession prior to attending. Attendees go to the local parish on Sunday if no priest is attending the retreat.
The common prayer is the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary. If you would like your own copy, purchase the Baronius Press version.
- Friday evening begins with a meatless dinner, introduction and welcome, and then the pig is slaughtered and cooled overnight. Fathers and sons may arrive as early as noon, but dinner is served between 5-6pm.
- Saturday begins with a breakfast featuring, like all meals, meat and dairy from the farm, followed by a cycle of talks, structured skills-based activities (processing wood, shooting (target or skeet based on ages), and free time with your son. Throughout the day participants help in the slow-cooking of the pig, which ends with the festivity that only slow-cooked pork can support.
- Sunday is a day of rest and leisure. Fathers and sons are encouraged to spend this day mostly together, and are free to either go on another adventure in Western, NC, or enjoy the hikes, scenery, and river surrounding the lodge where they stay. If there is not a priest on the retreat, everyone attends the local parish Mass. (Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms are available within a reasonable distance.)