Christian Experience Weekends


What is CEW?

CEW is a lay movement that provides spiritual enrichment and promotes Christian community in relationship with God, self, and others in a weekend retreat setting.

Christian Experience Weekends started in Dubuque in 1976 and at St. Joseph the Worker in 1980. Since that time, well over 500 parishioners and dozens more non-parishioners have participated in a weekend at St. Joseph the Worker.


What Happens at CEW?

A lay team hosts the weekends, which offer talks and other experiences that help participants develop an awareness and appreciation of the Holy Spirit’s movement in our lives. Weekends begin at 8:00 on Friday evening and conclude by 5:00 on Sunday evening.

While people are sometimes reluctant to take the time away from family and stay overnight, it is an important piece of the weekend, as it allows participants to totally immerse themselves in the experience and builds lasting bonds and community.

CEWs returned to St. Joseph the Worker in 2015 and are running on a yearly basis!


CEW 2019

Save the dates for our 2019 Christian Experience Weekends!

Women’s Retreat: February 22-24, 2019

Men’s Retreat: March 1-3, 2019

Online Registration

2018 Registration Form

CEW 2019 Come to the Table