Men’s Icon Retreat

Join men from around the diocese on Saturday, September 15 through Sunday, September 16 at Gasper River Youth Camp & Retreat Center for a retreat unlike any other.

This retreat dives into, unpacks, and processes the topics of prayer, who we are as men made in God’s image (“icon”) and our mission to love. We are all created to be in communion, in personal relationship with God. Each of us is created as a unique, unrepeatable man or woman with a vocation to love like God.

We will pose the questions; “What does it mean to be human? What does it mean to be a man, a woman? What does it mean to love like God?”


Joe Bland is the Director of the Office of Evangelization for the Diocese of Owensboro. Joe has over sixteen years of experience in ministry and teaching from parish, high school, college and diocesan ministry presenting to teens, adults, married and engaged couples on various topics of the spiritual life. Joe holds a MA in Theology from St. Meinrad School of Theology in St. Meinrad, IN and is a graduate of the Theology of the Body Institute’s certificate program in Downingtown, PA.

Joe lives in Whitesville, KY with his wife of 30 years, Cathy and they have three adult children. They are members of St. Mary of the Woods Catholic Church.


The retreat is $75.  Bear in mind that this takes place at Gasper River, therefore you will need to bring all your essential items such as bedding, toiletries and more.

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Schedule of Events

Reclaiming the Masculine Soul

Saturday, September 15

8:30 – Registration and Introductions

9:00 – Session I – Encountering a Man’s Heart  and Soul

10:00 – Break and Prayer Time

10:30 – Session II – Our Stolen Identity

11:30 – Break and Prayer Time

12:00 – Lunch

12:45 – Break and Outdoor Activities (Giant Swing, Vertical Playground, Zip-line)

4:00 –Holy Hour

5:00 – Mass

6:00 – Dinner

7:00 – Session III – The Battle for the Masculine Heart and Soul

8:00 – Break and Prayer Time

8:30 – School of Prayer; It starts on your knees

9:00 – Social

Sunday, September 16

8:30 – Morning Prayer

9:00 – Breakfast

9:30 – Session IV – Authentic Masculine Friendship  

10:30 – Break and Prayer Time

11:00 – Session V – Do you have a Tribe?

12:00 – Lunch and Dismissal