ACTS Missions is a nonprofit organization dedicated to spreading the word of God among Catholic communities through various retreats around the world. The ACTS values statement reads as follows:
- Honor God in everything we do
- Build relationships based on trust & respect
- With a servant’s heart, maintain integrity & excellence in leadership programs, services and retreats
These values incorporate the heart of a servant leader as well as charisms of the Holy Spirit and working well alongside others.
ACTS Missions aims to unite Catholics across the globe through retreats that have helped men, women, children, teens, Catholics, and non-Catholics, both nationally and internationally through the power of the Holy Spirit and the love of God. The Cursillo retreat was the first Mission retreat that began in Spain between WWI and WWII. It’s popularity quickly grew as participants noted the profound effect that spiritual enlightenment has on individuals.
Three of the men who were part of the initial spread of the Cursillo retreat into the United States founded ACTS, their names were Ed Courtney, Joe Hayes, and Marty Sablik. The experience these men had as participants of the Cursillo retreat brought them a long-lasting friendship and had ideas to improve the retreat with more relevance toward the parish. Inspired by the Holy Spirit, Ed though of the main themes that the Mission should represent: Adoration, Community, Theology, and Service, coming up with the name ACTS.
ACTS’ first retreat occurred in 1987 in the San Antonio Archdiocese. Soon, 15 parishes emerged and included the ACTS program. By 1997, ACTS Missions became a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and was eligible to maintain the ACTS retreated wherever needed. Larry Lopez and Tony Deosdade started ACTS Missions from the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas after having a great experience with their own retreats. Now, ACTS can be found in 22 states in the U.S., along with Mexico, Canada, Honduras, England, and South Africa.
For more information about ACTS Missions, please visit their official website here.