What happens at TEC?

Participants experience the Paschal Mystery of Jesus Christ through participation in music, discussions, talks, prayer, Scripture, liturgy, and celebration.

Each of the days of the retreat has a central theme:

Die Day” is the first day – a day centered on the death of Jesus Christ. On “Die Day”, participants reflect on many different aspects of their lives, focusing on better relationships with God, self, and others.

Rise Day” is the second day – a joyous celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. On “Rise Day”, participants celebrate the presence of God’s love in their lives.

Go Day” is the third day – a day which explores the continuous call to spread the Good News. On “Go Day”, participants recognize and prepare to carry forth the message of Jesus Christ.

A Riverbend TEC weekend seeks to facilitate spiritual growth through participation in group activities and prayer experiences. The faith of every individual is respected and invited to open their hearts more fully to Jesus Christ.


Retreats are open to youth and adults. Youth must be 16 or older. Most weekends have some adult participants.

Weekends are staffed and attended by people primarily from the Catholic Diocese of New Ulm, although people from other areas of Minnesota, other states, and even foreign nations have attended.

Though a Catholic retreat, non-Catholics are welcome and do participate.


The three day retreat costs $70, which provides all you need for the weekend. A non-refundable $20 deposit is requested with the application.  The balance is due upon arrival at the TEC Center.  If it would be more convenient, payment in full may be sent in with the application. Financial assistance may be available to help cover the cost.