"CRHP" began as a "renewal" weekend at Holy Family Parish in Cleveland in 1969. The members at Holy Family found the enthusiasm and positive response to this initial weekend overwhelming. The program exposed participants to the effectiveness of shared ministry and motivated them to build a Christian community that understood that Jesus Christ was its center. Now, some 30 years later, Holy Family has celebrated its 80th "renewal" weekend and over 3000 men and women from their parish have participated.
During the 1970's, news of "CRHP's" success at Holy Family motivated other parishes throughout the Cleveland Diocese to adopt the program. Through the 1980's and 90's "CRHP" spread to 750 parishes in 62 dioceses across 27 states and received the recommendation of the renewal office of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops. Today, "CRHP" continues to promote the development of vibrant faith communities and full service parishes by transforming the hearts of committed believers.
"Christ Renews His Parish" is an effective spiritual renewal process, which calls together the members of the parish-priests, religious, and laity-in order to experience personal conversion and Christian community in the environment of their own parish. The secret of the "what" is its simplicity. The program is based on the basic Christian principles of evangelization, reconciliation, catechesis, initiation, formation, community, and personal vocation. What makes "CRHP" different from some other "renewal" programs is that those who participate in a weekend continue to meet and grow as a spiritual community and eventually share what they have experienced with others. As the program manual states: "However sincere and deep our initial commitment to our faith, it requires by its very nature, continuous renewal and deepening. It must be a moment-to-moment process of saying, "yes" to God."
"CRHP" is a response to the need that every follower of Christ has to experience "church" and to experience "being church" and finally, to experience "being church for others". What's the best way to learn about "CRHP"? Experience it.
2017 dates are as follows:
October 7-8, 2017 - Men's
July 22-23, 2017 - Women's
For information, call Mary Boyle at ext. 2213 or contact the national office at: