Young adults ages 18-39 from throughout the Diocese are invited to participate in a virtual retreat March 12-13 in commemoration of the Year of St. Joseph.

The retreat, themed “Not Your Average Joe,” will be based on the inspirations of St. Joseph, patron of the Universal Church, and include a mix of online gatherings and “on your own” talks and reflections.

On March 12, the retreat begins at 7 p.m. and includes prayer, a live Q&A and a keynote address on “The Dreams of St. Joseph: Listening to God’s Call” with Father Jason Hage, director of vocation promotion for the Diocese of Syracuse, N.Y.

Other talks include “Encountering God Through Our Work” with Father John Paul Walker, pastor of St. Mary Parish, New Haven, Conn.; "A Feminine Approach to St. Joseph" with Catholic writer Simcha Fisher; “Living Our Rose as Protector of the Vulnerable” with Gez Ford, musician and retreat leader from St. Raphael-Holy Angels Parish, Hamilton; “Devoting Ourselves to God Through the Intercession and Model of St. Joseph” by Dominican Sister Mary Rachel Capets, and “Praying with St. Joseph Through Art” with Catholic writer and speaker Katie Woltornist.

The following day will open with Morning Prayer at 9 a.m., followed by pre-recorded talks. The retreat will conclude with Mass at 4 p.m. in St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, 61 Georgia Road, Freehold, which may be attended in-person or online.

There is no fee to attend the retreat, but a $10 donation is suggested. To register, visit For information, contact Angelica Gomez in the diocesan Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries at 609-403-7182 or