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Encounter Christ among the poor

Retreat in Ecuador with Rostro de Cristo

November 23-29

Rostro invites people from the U.S. to grow in their faith through their retreat program every year. For a week, retreat participants will have the opportunity to live, serve, and be invited into relationships with our Ecuadorian neighbors.

Retreatants serve with RDC volunteers in two communities, experiencing a reality far different from their own. In the evenings, retreatants prayerfully reflect together on their experiences, seeking to understand how they have encountered the face of Christ that day and how Christ is calling them to compassionately serve others and work for justice. As a retreat participant, you are invited to live in an intentional faith-based community during your time in Ecuador. You will pray, reflect, and celebrate Mass with others who are sharing in your retreat experience.

For more information about this wonderful opportunity, please send an e-mail to RDC Director Evan Cuthbert at

RDC at a glance

There are currently 15 RDC volunteers in Mount Sinai and Arbolito, two barrios (neighborhoods) outside Guayaquil, Ecuador’s largest city.

These rapidly growing communities contain migrants from rural areas who come in search of jobs, education, and health care. These barrios are also stricken with chronic poverty, along with a lack of potable water, proper sanitation, electricity, and schools.

Volunteers serve as catechists and youth ministers. They also work with a local partner 20-25 hours a week to serve neighbors in these communities.

Retreatants work with RDC volunteers for a period of 6-8 days.

“To love God and neighbor is not something abstract, but profoundly  concrete: it means seeing in every person the face of the Lord to be served, to serve him concretely. And you are, dear brothers and sisters, the face of Jesus.” – Pope Francis