August 2022 - Bay St. Louis Catholic Schools

Burning Hearts School Year Kick Off Retreat August 1, 2022

Our Lady of the Gulf Parish Center, Bay St. Louis, MS

This retreat to kick off the school year is for the staff at Our Lady Academy and Holy Trinity.  We gathered to refocus on our common mission and grow in our relationships with Jesus and one another as teams.  


Session i: Mission & Identity



Additional Reading


Missio Nostra Bp KihnemanMissio Nostra: Living Out The Great Commission of Jesus Christ (Bp. Louis Kihneman)   jesus the story you thought you knewForming Intentional Disciples: The Path to Knowing & Following Jesus (Sherry Weddell)   Joy of the GospelEvangelii Gaudium: The Joy of the Gospel
(Pope Francis)
 Joy of the GospelStart With Why:  How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action
(Simon Sinek)



In truth, everything in our parishes, schools, and ministries needs to be aligned with the vision of Jesus, which is his Great Commission.

Bishop Louis Kihneman, Missio Nostra

I invite all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting him encounter them; I ask all of you to do this unfailingly each day. No one should think that this invitation is not meant for him or her, since “no one is excluded from the joy brought by the Lord”.

The Lord does not disappoint those who take this risk; whenever we take a step towards Jesus, we come to realize that he is already there, waiting for us with open arms. Now is the time to say to Jesus: “Lord, I have let myself be deceived; in a thousand ways I have shunned your love, yet here I am once more, to renew my covenant with you. I need you. Save me once again, Lord, take me once more into your redeeming embrace”.

Pope Francis, The Joy of the Gospel, 3

Session iI: What Is a Disciple?



Additional Reading/Watching/Listening

living as missionary disciplesLiving as Missionary Disciples: Resource for Evangelization (USCCB)   Jesus the story you thought you knewJesus: The Story You Thought You Knew (Deacon Keith Strohm) made for missionThe Ultimate Relationship
(Catholic Christian Outreach)

ablaze paradigms for parish renewalThe Gathering Place Podcast Episode 123: All We Have to Do is Say Yes (Blessed Is She) falling platesFalling Plates: A short film about life, death, and the love of a savior  

Session iII: Team Trust & Openness for Making disciples



Additional Reading/Watching/Listening

dare to leadDare To Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. (Brene Brown) radical candorRadical Candor: Get What you Want by Saying What you Mean (Kim Scott) redeeming conflictRedeeming Conflict: 12 Habits for Christian Leaders
(Ann Garrido)

5 dysfunctions of a teamThe Five Dysfunctions of a Team
(Patrick Lencioni)
 buffalo charge the stormBuffalo Charge the Storm: Influential Leadership (Rory Vaden)

If you would like to continue the conversation about making disciples in your school or classroom, please don't hesitate to contact us

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