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If approved by the Regional Contact, please contact the Community to set up an appointment for a three-day visit, between Monday and Friday, in St. Augustine, Florida. The candidate must be accompanied by BOTH parents. Please arrive at 9:00 a.m. and pick up the candidate promptly at 5:00 p.m. We ask that the candidate and family members find lodging in the area during this time. (See travel page) [insert as hyperlink to travel page]
The candidate will pray and work with us, living our daily schedule. At the end of the three days, the young man/woman will meet individually with the director of Comunità Cenacolo America. The parents also will have a meeting with the director. If both the individual and the Community determine that Comunità Cenacolo is the appropriate answer for the person's need, an entry date will be given within 6 weeks.
Comunità Cenacolo accepts men from ages 18-40 and women 18-30. Because physical labor is integral to the life of Comunità Cenacolo, the Community must assess that the candidate can handle the rigor of the life.
At the orientation, the parents must commit to actively participate throughout the minimum three years of their son/daughter's journey in the Community. This consists of faithful attendance at all Parents and Family Retreat Weekends, which are held twice a year in St. Augustine, Florida, as well as regional meetings held the First Saturday of each month.
Mother Elvira established meetings for parents on the First Saturday of every month. The regional contacts lead this gathering of families and other interested persons in their local area. These gatherings are held in obedience to Mother Elvira's directive that the families be committed to a parallel journey of their own while their sons/daughters are in Community. Many families choose to remain an integral part of the First Saturday meetings, serving and helping other parents, long after their sons/ daughters have completed their Community experience. Families attend Mass together, and the meeting follows. If you are coming for the first time, please call to confirm.
If parents are unwilling to make this commitment, then Comunità Cenacolo is really not the place for your son/daughter.