Fully Human, Fully Alive - Advent edition (ENGLISH)

Dancing and stars
From Sunday 28th November to Saturday 4th december 2021
Online Retreat in English

Fully Human, Fully Alive - Advent edition (ENGLISH)

Georges Durner

Member of L’Arche for 45 years, former L’Arche community leader in Canada and in France; L’Arche regional leader in France and the Middle East; Formation coordinator for L’Arche International.


“I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”
John 10:10.

In the Gospel of John, Jesus uses the image of a “Good Shepherd” to speak about His relationship with us. He watches over us. He knows each of us by our name. We know His voice and we follow Him because we trust In Him. And then in John’s Gospel, He tells us why He has come into our world, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”

Not just abundantly, but more abundantly. This mission of Jesus is repeated in the words of Saint Irenaeus in the 2nd century when he said, “The glory of God is mankind fully alive.” This is our vocation as Christians – to be fully human, fully alive.

During the retreat we will reflect on the challenge and wonder of being followers of Jesus who are called to be fully human, fully alive in our world today; and what it means to have life and to have it more abundantly; right where we are.

This retreat was already given once during the summer 2021. The retreat received an excellent appreciation, this is why it is programmed again, with an adaptation to the Advent time (an extra "Advent" talk will be recorded for the occasion).


Practical Information

This retreat will be offered online over a period of seven days, and will comprise:

  • Five inspirational talks of 45 mins by George Durner by video link (sent in advance) for five days of the retreat, including the first and last one.
  • One extra inspirational talk of 45 mins by George Durner by video link (sent in advance) adapted to the Advent time.
  • Two prayer-sheets with introduction by video clip to guide you during reflection.
  • Two days where you are invited to join a small group sharing for a time of reflection and exchange with other retreatants in your time zone for a period of approximately an hour, if you so wish. If you want to be part of a small sharing group, please register before sunday, November 21st
A precise schedule and other practical information will be sent a few days in advance.

100€ per participant.

We would be thankful for further donations, as if you are able to pay more it helps those facing financial difficulty. If it is a serious difficulty for you to pay the full amount please discuss the matter with us beforehand.

Online Retreat. You can attend to this retreat while continuing to live your daily life (work, family) at the same time.