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*Tickets must be purchased online.

**To access the online retreat, attendees will need a laptop/desktop (recommended) or mobile device with internet access.

What You Can Look Forward To

This three-day online retreat will help attendees embrace their rich inheritance as sons and daughters of God.

  • FIVE keynote talks with Fr. Mike, Jeff Cavins, and Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio
  • LIVE Q&A with Fr. Mike and Jeff Cavins, where you can ask questions in real time
  • EXCLUSIVE access to recordings of the keynote talks
  • Opportunities to connect with other attendees
  • Guided individual and community prayer
  • Special guest appearances from other Ascension Presenters
  • Printable PDF guide to help particpants get the most out of their retreat experience
  • … AND SO MUCH MORE!

How Registration Works

  1. Once a ticket is purchased, a confirmation email will be sent to the email(s) specified by the purchaser at checkout.

  2. Leading up to the Retreat, the Ascension team will keep in touch with ticketed attendees, providing all information needed to access the retreat and have an incredible retreat experience.

  3. The day before the Retreat begins, each attendee will receive their own “magic link” via email, providing full access to the retreat platform.

  4. After the retreat ends, the Ascension team will send ticketed registrants a follow-up email with a link to the retreat replay videos. These videos will only be available to ticket holders!

Retreat Sample Schedule* (subject to change)

2023 Theme — Embrace the Covenant

Throughout the Bible, God makes covenants with his people (see chart below), drawing them closer to each other and closer to his own heart.

At the 2023 Bible in a Year Retreat, we’ll reflect on these covenants as God’s continued invitation for us to trust him more deeply, love him more fervently, and embrace our rich inheritance as his children.

Testimonials from 2022 Retreat

This virtual reteat is no ordinary online experience. So well structured and organized. Thank you!

—A.P.

Thank you again Ascension Press for this amazing retreat it was a great experience. I hope you have it again every year. I'm going to go back through and watch the recordings that I missed once they're available to watch at any time.

—M.C.

I have never attended a virtual retreat and this one greatly exceeded all my expectations! Thank you to Father Mike and Jeff and to everyone who helped put the retreat together!

—C.K.

Thank you for this beautiful weekend. Right now life is very difficult, and being able to have this online retreat is a sign of God telling me "hey I love you. When have I ever left you?" Thanks be to God.

G.G.

Chills. And tears of gratitude for this experience.

—S.C.

Loved everything! So well run, technology that worked well, and a community of people hungry for connection! God's love was poured out all weekend! 

—J.R.

Thank you Lord! This was an absolutely beautiful and enriching retreat. Thank you Fr. Mike, Jeff Cavins and the entire Ascesnion staff for making this possible. It didn't feel like a virtual retreat to me. Thanks for this loving community also.

—R.J.A.

Thank you espeically to tech support! I participate in a lot of Teams & Zoom meetings at work & this one was glitch free...which was so refreshing & did not distract from my retreat enjoyment!  

—E.M.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cost of the retreat?

A standard price ticket for The Bible in a Year Retreat is $78.95, BUT if you purchase early, you'll receive an early bird discount!

  • Dec 7 - Dec 27 — $58.95 (save $20)
  • Dec 28 - Jan 17 — $68.95 (save $10)
  • Jan 18 - Feb 5 — $78.95

We have a limited number of spots available, and last year's retreat SOLD OUT! We highly encourage you to get your tickets soon!

Can I buy more than one ticket? Can I give someone else a ticket?

Yes! Multiple tickets can be added to your cart. At checkout, each ticket will require a unique, valid email address. All ticketed attendees will receive a confirmation email with their ticket details upon completion of purchase.  

Can I return my ticket or transfer it to someone else?

Tickets can be cancelled and refunded or transferred to another person (no refund issued) until February 5 at 11:59 PM EST. After that time, all ticket sales and ticket assignments are final.

Can I watch the recordings after the retreat?

Only registered participants will have access to recordings of the main stage talks after the event. For those who have purchased tickets to the event, we will send out an email shortly after the retreat with a link and instructions on how to view the recordings.

Can people outside the United States participate in this retreat?

Yes! However, the retreat will take place in Eastern Standard Time.

How do I access the retreat?

The day before the Retreat begins, each attendee will receive their own “magic link” via email, providing full access to Hopin, the retreat platform. Attendees will need a laptop/desktop (recommended) or mobile device with internet access to access the "magic link" and join the Retreat.

What happens if I experience technical difficulties during the retreat?

For tech needs during the event, Relatu, our top-notch third-party vendor, will provide personalized assistance. Inside of the Hopin event platform, you will find a virtual help desk with live customer support to assist you during the event.

Where does the retreat take place?

The 2023 Bible in a Year Retreat will be held on an online event platform to provide a peaceful retreat experience, eliminate unnecessary distractions, and facilitate meaningful connections between attendees.

How is the 2023 retreat different from last year's retreat?

Thanks to the feedback from the 2022 Retreat attendees, we are able to make this year's retreat even better. With additional keynotes, more bonus content, simplified features, and increased opportunities for prayer, we're confident that this year's retreat will enliven your faith.

Is this retreat only for Bible in a Year listeners?

This retreat is for anyone who loves the Bible and wants to connect with a community of people striving to grow closer to God.

Meet the Presenters

Jeff Cavins has been a leading figure in Catholic media for over three decades. He was the host of EWTN’s Life on the Rock for six years, has appeared widely on Catholic radio, television, and digital media, and is the author of The Bible TimelineⓇ: The Story of Salvation, a practical, interactive program that helps people read the “big picture” of God’s plan of salvation in Sacred Scripture and understand its meaning for their lives.

In addition to his role in The Bible in a Year podcast, his current projects include The Jeff Cavins Show podcast, Encountering the Word Sunday Scripture Reflections, and daily Scripture reflections on the Hallow app.

Fr. Mike Schmitz, host of The Bible in a Year and The Catechism in a Year podcasts, serves as Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of Duluth and as Chaplain for the Newman Catholic Campus Ministry at the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

He is well known for his popular YouTube videos, released weekly on the Ascension Presents YouTube channel, and he also streams Sunday Mass to a worldwide audience.

Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio (“Dr. Italy”) received his Ph.D. in historical theology from The Catholic University of America under the direction of Avery Cardinal Dulles and has had a prolific career as a Catholic author, internationally-respected speaker, pilgrimage leader, and university professor.

He is the Co-founder and Director of The Crossroads Initiative, the author of five books and hundreds of articles, and a regular guest on both secular and Catholic TV and radio programs. Dr. D’Ambrosio has also published Bible studies including, Jesus: The Way, the Truth, and the Life, and What We Believe: The Beauty of the Catholic Faith.

Dr. D’Ambrosio is currently a Professor of Theology at the Catholic Distance University. He and his wife Susan reside in Dallas, Texas.