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Fr. Desmond Francis, Trinity, Lansingburgh
Date: May 21, 2019
Veterans' Ministry

The Next Welcome Home Initiative is... 

Men & Women:  November 11-13, 2019
(Click date for retreat specifics)

WHI Team Training:  August 2-3, 2019
(Stay tuned for training specifics)


The Welcome Home Initiative© is a Veterans Ministry facilitated north of Albany, NY on the campus of Christ the King Spiritual Life Center near Greenwich, NY, that offers healing for military veterans and the spouses of military veterans who have served their country in combat.  These veterans may be suffering in varying degrees from post-traumatic stress or moral injury and are in need of soul repair.


The format of the program helps veterans and spouses understand the hidden impact of combat and provides a safe place for their emotional healing.  This essential spiritual and emotional healing is a complement to healing received from psychiatric and social services.

Teaching, discussion, and prayer are the major components of the program.  The connections and friendships formed during these retreats are outstanding and lasting.  Participants find equal footing and experience camaraderie regardless of service.

All retreats sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of Albany are held at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center.

To read about one Vet's experience with WHI - click here


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Thanks to the generosity of individuals, churches, and other organizations, there is no charge for a combat veteran or his or her spouse to attend a Welcome Home Initiative Retreat.  We offer this program to thank veterans and their spouses for their service to our country.  


$400 sponsors one veteran (or family-member) to attend. 

(No amount is too little and every donation makes a difference.  Please prayerfully consider giving back with a generous tax-exempt donation to support this and future WHI retreats.  Checks may be made out to the Episcopal Diocese of Albany with WHI on the memo line.)


April 18 WHI Closing Ceremony

On April 11, 2018, we celebrated the veterans that participated in the WHI Retreat and all veterans. Listen to keynote speaker, Dcn. Karen Malcolm's address HERE.






November 2017 WHI Closing Ceremony

On November 15, 2017, we celebrated the veterans that participated in the WHI Retreat and all veterans.  Listen to keynote speaker, Rev. Jim Munroe's address HERE.







April 2017 Women's WHI Closing Ceremony
On April 5, 2017, we celebrated the veterans that participated in the WHI Retreat and all veterans.  Listen to the keynote speaker's, Col. Karen Love, USAF, Retired, address HERE.
After retreat report HERE






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