THERE ARE TWO GREAT DAYS IN A PERSON'S LIFE—THE DAY WE ARE BORN AND THE DAY WE DISCOVER WHY. William Barclay
SOMETIMES IN ORDER TO MOVE FORWARD...
YOU NEED TO LOOK BACK
ONGRATULATIONS! YOU'VE MADE IT! YOU'RE IN, OR HAVE RECENTLY FINISHED YOUR FINAL YEAR OF HIGH SCHOOL. YEARS OF LEARNING, STUDYING, MATURING INTO THE AMAZING PERSON YOU ARE TODAY! YOU'RE STANDING ON THE THRESHOLD OF THE REST OF YOUR LIFE...
You’ve been told God has a ‘plan and purpose for your life’, that he wants to give you ‘a future and a hope’, that ‘He will make your paths straight’ and ‘direct your steps’ *. And yet we know that navigating your future can be overwhelming at best, terrifying at worst. At ‘One Life’ we’re here to help. This summer we have chosen to partner with Chateau Le Mur in Brittany, France where you can dive deep into discipleship, discover your calling, grow in Christ and clarify God’s purpose for you as an individual.
Ps. 33;11, Jer.29:11, Prov. 3:5-6, Prov. 16:11
WHY FRANCE ? WHY BRITTANY? WHY CHATEAU LE MUR?
The Le Mur Estate is situated in the Forest of Brocéliande, home to the legendary King Arthur, his knight’s and their ancient stories of honor and valor. The Medieval Manoir du Mur (where students will be housed) dating from the 13th Century, was at one time home to members of the legendary order of ‘The Knight’s Templar’. What people often fail to understand is that the original Knights of old were originally formed by the church to serve Christ the King, and followed a strict order of conduct and code of honor. Their passion and purpose was to commit their lives to bringing the Kingdom of Heaven to earth as outlined in the scriptures.
At the 2 week ‘Reset’ program, you will have the opportunity to grow in Christian character, clarify your calling, and develop relational wisdom through living in community. You will hear from international speakers that are changing the world, whom at one time stood at the exact same place you are now. The rich history at Le Mur serves as a launching pad for learning how Christianity impacted the history, culture and art of Brittany and France. We believe that taking a closer look at history will serve to impact your present and help guide your future. Because sometimes in order to move forward you need to look back.
During the course of the program, students will experience a variety of field trips that will compliment the teachings and philosophy of the OneLife program. You will experience firsthand activities, art (both performing and visual), architecture and artifacts that reflect the colorful Christian history of France.
A Sampling of Field trips:
Paris – Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, catacombs with an emphasis on Christian history and art
Carnac Alignments —prehistoric standing stones erected by the pre-Celtic people of Brittany
Medieval Cities —Mont St Michele, Saint Malo, Vannes, Josselin, Malestroit, Dinan and Rennes
La Gacilly – International Photo exhibition and Artisan Presentations
Brocéliande – Birthplace of the Arthurian legends
Rochefort en Terre – voted one of France’s most beautiful villages
Eglise de L'Temple —Brief History of Knighthood
Puy de Fou –Two days and one night to see spectacular live performances of medieval battles and how Christianity overcame Roman occupation, Viking invasion, and the 'Great Terror' of the French Revolution.
RGame—Ropes through the Trees Obstacle Course—Mastering your body rather than Your body mastering you.
Service Day —Study about famous Medieval Monks; cultivate a Heart of Humility and Service.
Students and Resident Advisors are housed in furnished apartments in the Medieval Manoir, separated by gender. Sheets and towels provided. Opportunity will be given to sleep in the authentic Knights Chamber during the course of the program.
Three meals a day will be prepared and served by program participants. Meals will be hearty French/Medieval cuisine that may include boar, venison, duck, and various locally made delights. Some meals will be at
a picnic or restaurant venue when the
group is on field trips. The program ends with a Medieval
Site Director—Ernie Monaco
Ernie studied Urban Planning at the Illinois
Institute of Technology in Chicago, where he met
his wife, Terry. At the University of Pennsylvania
Ernie earned a Masters of Urban Planning in
Developing Nations and an M.B.A. from The
Ernie has had an illustrious career as a City
Planner in Chicago, Philadelphia, and the
San Francisco Bay area. For 20 years Ernie worked
as a City Planner/ ‘Tentmaker’ in the Middle Eastern country of Qatar. Ernie wrapped up his planning career in Tampa Bay, FL.
During all of these career moves Ernie remained intensely involved in the furtherance of the gospel. In Qatar, Ernie was involved in planting underground churches and founded and led a youth group made up of students form across the globe. He and his wife, Terry were the visionary elders of ‘The Al Shamal Community’ church.
at Virginia Commonwealth University in Education City, Qatar, where she taught ‘The Business of Design’.
Terry worked alongside her husband Ernie in all aspects of Christian ministry to youth, adults and to women in the local community. While
in Qatar, Terry developed a talent (by God's Grace!) for writing
dramatic skits and comedic musicals used as a means of outreach to the
local Expat and Qatari community.
Assistant Site Director—Terry Monaco
Terry received her degree in Visual Communication from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago where she also discovered a passion for the gospel of Jesus Christ (and her husband Ernie!).
Professionally, Terry worked as a Graphic Designer in Chicago, a Senior Designer in Philadelphia, a Design Director in Palo Alto, California and as an Adjunct Professor at The Moore College of Art and Design. Terry taught again as an Adjunct Professor