Taizé Retreat Weekend

St. Paul's Basilica, 83 Power St.
Metropolitan United Church, 56 Queen Street East
St. James Anglican Cathedral

This weekend we are bringing a little of Taizé to Toronto. Taizé,
located in the south of Burgundy, France, is the home of an
international, ecumenical community, founded there by Brother Roger in
1940. Since the late 1950s, many thousands of young adults from many
countries have found their way to Taizé to take part in weekly meetings
of prayer and reflection while living in simplicity and community.

During these meetings, all those present gather for prayer, worshipping
God in song and silence. Each day, brothers of the community give Bible
instructions that are followed by times of reflection and discussion.
Time spent in Taizé is a way of realizing the intimate relationship
between an experience of communion with God in prayer and personal
reflection on the one hand, and an experience of communion and
solidarity among peoples on the other.

Click here for the Taizé brochure.
Click here to download a PDF of the
Click here for photos from our previous Taizé event.
Click here to register for this event.

Provisional Program

Friday, February 1
5:00 p.m. Registration at St. Paul’s Basilica
7:30 p.m. Introduction to the week-end; Evening Prayer (including prayer around the cross) at St. Paul’s Basilica

Saturday, February 2
8:00 a.m. Late Registration at St. Paul’s
9:00 a.m. Morning Prayer at St. Paul’s
10:00 a.m. Reflection by Br. Emile of Taizé; Faith sharing in small groups at St. Paul’s
11:45 a.m. Midday Prayer at St. Paul’s
12:30 p.m. Lunch at Metropolitan United
1:30 p.m. Song practice/Free time for silence and personal prayer/Video from Taizé (various locations)
3:00 p.m. Reflection by Br. Emile of Taizé; Faith sharing in small groups at Metropolitan United
4:30 p.m. Workshops (various locations)
6:00 p.m. Dinner (location TBA)
7:30 p.m. Evening Prayer (candlelight service) at St. Paul’s

Sunday, February 3
Morning: Participation in local Parishes
12:30 p.m. Video from Taizé (location TBA)
1:00 p.m. Fellowship; Question and answer period with Bro. Emile of Taizé; Closing Prayer and discussion (location TBA)


The prayers are open to all generations and will be held in St. Paul’s Basilica. It is not necessary to register in order to attend.

Other activities are
geared to young people between 17 and 35 years old. Adults over 35 will
be allowed to register for the full program provided that there are at
least 6 younger people for each person over 35.
For liability
reasons, out of town participants that are 17 years old must register
as part of a group in which an adult accepts to take legal
responsibility for them.


Registration for the meeting is $15 for students and $20 for young
adults who are working . This includes simple accommodation (staying
with families), if needed, lunch and supper on Saturday, handouts, etc.
but not transportation within and to Toronto.

Simple Accommodation

There will be limited simple accommodation (staying with local
families) available. It will be assigned on a first come, first served
basis. If you are coming from out of town and are bringing a group,
please contact us at taize@ocytoronto.org ASAP.

For more information about the weekend: taize@ocytoronto.org

For information about the Taizé community, please visit their website: www.taize.fr


St. Paul's Basilica
83 Power Street
Toronto, ON
43° 39' 19.0224" N, 79° 21' 47.5344" W
This community event is not affiliated with Faith Connections, but we believe it to be of specific interest to young adults aged 18-39 and with a faith-based or social justice theme. However, we can be mistaken — if you're not sure this event will meet your expectations, please check with the event organizers.