CrossRoads Ministry offers urban retreat experiences which invite people to be transformed through building relationships at the margins, engaging in prayer, and integrating the Gospel vision of peace and justice into their lives. This guiding mission statement was brought forth by an ad hoc committee to the Leadership Circle at St. William Church in mid-1999 and subsequently approved by the parish as a whole. In 2000, the CrossRoads dream became a reality.
An Advisory Council was formed, composed of St. William parishioners and local youth advocates. The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth's initial grant enabled CrossRoads to hire Shannon Queenan as its first director in May 2000. Her work included renovation of the rectory that would house our ministry, preparing the first retreat programs, and creating partnerships with parishes, schools, and local agencies.
In Fall of 2000, CrossRoads held its first retreat for Eastern Kentucky University, with lodging provided at the Catholic Worker House. By the end of the year, CrossRoads had offered five retreat programs, including its first on site retreat for Presentation Academy.
Celebrating 20 Years!!!
Since its inception, CrossRoads has grown in experience, participants, and reputation. Sixty to seventy groups, including high schools, colleges, parish youth groups, ministers and educators come annually to CrossRoads searching for ways to cross the boundaries that divide us. Without exception, they form relationships with those who are marginalized and build bridges between diverse communities.
Retreats & Programs
In June 2004, CrossRoads realized a most ambitious retreat vision: CrossWalk, a weeklong immersion experience. A community of unlikely friends was created between high school youth, college-age and adult companions, the clients and staffs of various social justice agencies, special speakers, Cistercian monks of Gethsemani, and residents and neighbors of St. Vincent de Paul. Participants crossed divisions of race, ethnicity, religion, geography, age, socioeconomic status, and physical and mental capabilities. It was and continues to be an awe inspiring experience for all.
“A gift opens the way and ushers the giver into the presence of the great.”