Earthen Vessels serves people who work in these branches of ministry:
Priests include diocesan and religious.
Earthen Vessels has presented experiences for diocesan and for religious priests. An Earthen Vessels experience for priests is a 5-day period which includes times of intense spiritual experience, of renewal, and of healing. Priests who have attended have been able to come to grips with the scandal of the sexual abuse of the young, as well as other current challenges to the priesthood. This retreat experience fulfills the canonical requirements for an annual retreat for priests.
The branch of Earthen Vessels for Married Couples includes any married couple who would benefit from a renewal. This branch also includes those who serve in Marriage Encounter, Retrouvaille and Engaged Encounter. Earthen Vessels has presented a number of enrichments for these communities. These experiences are most effective when 2 or 3 of these marriage organizations work together, because this widens the perspective of those whose service strengthens the Sacrament of Matrimony. Any Married Couples who wish to see their marriage from a perspective which gives a clear focus to the presence of Jesus in their marriage will benefit from the Earthen Vessels program for Married Couples.
The Earthen Vessels Marriage Retreats for diaconate couples bring together the program for priests (the Sacrament of Orders) and for married couples (the Sacrament of Marriage). Earthen Vessels is able to do this because every Earthen Vessels retreat experience works from the perspective of the Paschal Mystery. Diaconate couples are given tools to explore their Paschal journey, which includes the perspective of marriage and at the same time the perspective of ordination. The result is that both marriage and ministry are renewed.