Arise is a Weekend Catholic Faith Experience, a program of the Catholic Diocese of Biloxi, Mississippi. Biloxi is located on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. However, Arise Weekends are open to all, including those living outside of Southern Mississippi, and participants have included persons from neighboring states.
Arise Weekends are held at various times each year. Each Arise Weekend begins on a Friday evening and ends on the following Sunday afternoon. Arise weekends have been held in Dedeaux, Mississippi and Paul B. Johnson State Park, Hattiesburg, MS for many years.
Who may attend
Arise is sponsored by the Cursillo Movement of South Mississippi, another program of the Diocese of Biloxi. Whereas Cursillo is limited to Catholics, Arise is actually designed with the non-Catholic in mind. Arise is designed primarily for these groups of persons who would like to receive additional information, about the Catholic Faith in a short period of time (one weekend):
- Non-Catholic spouses of practicing Catholics
- Catholics who have been away from the Church for a while
- Those without a current church/religion who are "searching" for a new or more meaningful Faith experience
- Those taking instruction in the Catholic Faith
Arise is a Weekend Experience for anyone wanting to learn more about the Catholic Faith. Persons active in another Faith are very welcome to attend, although Arise was designed primarily for those who are "searching" for a more meaningful Faith, or who are married to a Catholic. It is designed for adults, although in some instances, very mature older teenagers may be able to attend. Men and Women attend separate weekends.
Format of the Arise Weekend
This is a low key, enjoyable, thought provoking, relaxed weekend "away from it all." The weekend is conducted by a Team of lay persons, assisted by some members of the clergy. Time for informal discussion will be held after each talk. Dress is very informal and you will be well fed (3 full meals on Saturday and 2 on Sunday), along with snacks and drinks throughout the weekend.
There is no cost for the weekend. Your weekend, including food, is made possible entirely due to contributions by those interested in this weekend experience. Your only required contribution is your time spent away from the stresses of the world.
Directions to Arise Weekends
Directions to the host facility will be provided with conformation of receipt of Applications.
Please contact the Arise Center (or your Sponsor, if you have one) for any additional information. You should receive information about your Arise Weekend (what to bring, etc.) about 2 weeks or more in advance of your Arise Weekend. If you do not receive it, please contact Jim at the Cursillo/Arise Center. If you have provided an e-mail address, you may be notified that your application has been received via e-mail.