Motivational Speaker for the Catholic Church.

About CKR Retreats

Colleen Kelly-Rayner has been participating in ministry for the last twenty years. Colleen answered God’s call to ignite the fire of God’s love in His people though an alternative style of evangelization. 

CKR Retreats is the answer to that call. Colleen provides workshops, retreats, conferences, and talks that everyone can relate to. Her quick wit, high-energy, real-life experiences, and knowledge of the faith create an experience that you can’t help but pay attention to.  Colleen is a dynamic speaker that engages her audience and gets them involved in the retreat. You never quite know what Colleen is going to do. Colleen has worked with thousands of pre-teens,  teens, woman's groups, parishes, teachers, clergy, and just about anyone else she can get to listen to her!

Colleen’s approach to retreats is to get the participants to break out of their comfort zone and try and do things they wouldn't normally do.. She strives to create an experience that allows Jesus to touch the hearts of each person in the room through her words. Colleen has a gift to open up the faith and share it with you in such a real way that you leave her retreats on fire for God. 

High School Retreats

"Choices"

A retreat that targets choices teens deal with in today’s ever changing culture.  We help them to make choices with Jesus in the midst of their everyday lives."
Adventure here we come"
Life is an adventure.  This retreat is focused on preparing the teens for the adventure of life.  We realize that life is changing quickly and the teens need to have sturdy footing so that they are not taken by surprise. 

Confirmation Retreats

R U Really giving 100%? 
“Bam, Let’s Kick  It Up a Notch”

A retreat that is directed to enrich the  candidates awareness of the Holy Spirit in a personal way.  With fun activities and  in-depth talks they can see how God is calling them to build the church. Confirmondi and their parent or sponcer

Communion Retreats

“You Are What You Eat”

A 2 hour retreat that helps each child understand their new relationship with Jesus through the Eucharist. A fun way for the kids to interact with their parents.

Adult Retreats

“Nuts the New Normal”

What use to be normal in our everyday lives is now "NUTS".  To be a follower of Jesus to live a moral life, to tell the truth.... to want to live the life that God wants for us has become nuts in todays day and age.  Becoming who God wants us to be ....maybe one of the Nuttiest things we can strive for.  COme to this retreat and find out that their are alot of NUTS out there!

“Juggle Life on One Cup of Coffee” (Women's Retreat)

A retreat for women that helps them see how making Jesus the focus in their everyday life can help them Juggle all the daily responsibilities.  Come laugh and share.

our lady's pathway  (Women's Retreat)

A retreat where "Your called to walk in Mary's footsteps following her son" 

hugged by mary (woman's retreat)

A retreat that helps you understand not just the spiritual but the physical and emotional hug of our blessed mother 

 

Relational Aggression

“Can You Hear Me NOW!”

This retreat is offered to counteract the frightening trend of  bullying found in our nations schools.  
Our retreat works with teens, schools, and  communities to help build  more compassionate relationships with one another. We know children are hurting, without support and understanding of how to handle this growing problem our teens will grow up to be broken adults. 

Seasonal Retreats

“Wrapping Yourself in the Spirit” (Advent)

“Lent...  Isolation or Transformation?" (Lent)

A retreat that brings together families in fun interactive ways.  Learn the real meaning of the season while laughing and experiencing God's love and faith with your family. 

RCIA/Adult Faith Formation

“Great Expectations” 

A retreat geared toward people seeking a relationship with Jesus.  You have learned about the church come and experience Jesus on this wonderful retreat. 


**Retreats can be customized or themed to suit your environment or specific needs.  2 hour to full day retreats available, held at your facility or ours.

 

 

I wasn't always like I am today.  I grew up not being part of the Catholic Church... I was baptized, but it never got past that - I didn't receive any of my other sacraments.  It wasn't until 1991 that God came into my life in a powerful way.  It was that year that I travelled to Medjugorje and had a major conversion experience.  After I got back, at the age of 24, I went through the RCIA process to become a full Catholic and received the rest of my sacraments that Easter.  I left my job as a corporate trainer for a major restaurant chain and began ministering to young people.   The journey began as a youth minister but has evolved to being a retreat coordinator and national Catholic speaker.  I travel and speak at a variety of conferences, retreats, schools, parishes, diocesan events and other venues throughout North America.  It is my hope that through my humor and faith-filled person stories that I can touch the lives of young people and adults and help bring them closer to encountering Christ as I have in my own life.  God bless and I'll see you in the Eucharist!

 
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Mrs. Karen Mahaney
Parish Catechetical Leader / Religious Education
316 Old Allerton Road, Annandale, NJ 08801

"A day with Colleen Rayner is like a day with the Holy Spirit, live in person…

As parents are sipping coffee, chit-chatting, and some considering slipping out as soon as no one is looking, Colleen walks in and  in the first seconds of her opening her mouth she has smiles and “wha hoos” coming out of the audience of parents and 8th grade kids who instantly have an almost shocked look on their face that says “what am I here for again? I thought this was a boring spiritual retreat. …”  Colleen is a stand up comedian for heaven on earth.  She captures the audience so quickly, they are so drawn in they will do anything she tells them to—including running to her with smelly socks, cheering, clapping, chanting Bible verses, laughing, and crying, and best of all praying.  Hearts are changed with just a few hours of time with Colleen.  Her spirit and her faith are so transforming you can’t fight it off—your faith will be changed.  You will want to share your experience with everyone you see in the next days and weeks and years after you’ve experienced her retreat.  She is truly a blessing to the Body of Christ here on earth. 

Running a retreat for this particular age group and their parents--that is actually impactful--is a daunting task.  After the retreat, I went to the church for 10 minutes and just prayed a tearful thank you.  God Bless Colleen!"

"The children have a great time, but the ones who are most affected are the parents and sponsors. Her real life examples relate to the adults; while her energy and sense of humor keeps the students attentive and wondering what is going to happen next... I have received many compliments on how wonderful a night it was – spiritual, inspiring, and fun. I would recommend Colleen to any institution that is looking for something a little different. Hold on to your hats and enjoy the experience!"

Ms. Jessica Heap
Former Coordinator of Religious Education
St. Clare Parish, Staten Island, NY

"I think it is amazing how Colleen can make you laugh so hard at one moment and make you cry just as hard a few moments later. Listening to her is like a spiritual roller coaster that brings to your heart the much need excitement of the faith that has been missing."

Susan Peters
Advent Retreat
St. Jude Parish, Blairstown, NJ

"Colleen has assisted with our high-school retreats for the past three years. She has an incredible gift for being able to impact each and every student present at the retreat. With her fantastic sense of humor and intense love for Christ, Colleen's message is captivating and compels all of us -- students and faculty alike -- to hunger for a deeper relationship with Jesus. Our student body consists of both Catholic and non-Catholic students, yet each girl walks away with a stronger desire for prayer and a relationship with God. I can't recommend Colleen enough!"

Mrs. Nivedita Toth
Campus Minister, Religion Teacher 
St. Jean Baptiste High School, Manhattan, NY

"What can I say about the awesome work of Colleen?! Imagine 96 teens in one room for a retreat.  Many of our kids are very streetwise and promised they would not buy into this.  Well, give Colleen 5 minutes and she has their undivided attention and even more amazing their total respect.   Approaching teens with the goodness of Our Lord is an unsurmountable task.  Getting them to surrender themselves to what our faith has to offer is nothing short of impossible.  Colleen hit these two obstacles running (literally) to influence and affect these kids before they have time to put up their defenses.  In February of this year, we had our Confirmation retreat.  Many of our kids showed up with ready to be bored attitudes.  Well, once Colleen gets started, I defy each and every one of them to be bored.  Throughout the day, they are kept jumping and not realizing that the Lord is in their presence and is hanging out with them.  What a great day. Everyone, and I mean everyone is disappointed when the retreat is complete.  It rejuvenates all the catechists who are there to chaperone too."

Mrs. Barbara Aviles
Coordinator of Religious Education 
St. Clement- St Michael Parish, Staten Island, NY

"Sometimes being a person of faith is not easy. Colleen helped us to 'see' with our hearts as we explored how we as teachers, could respond to our calling from God to teach His children. Her personal stories and the challenge she gave us to personal conversion has changed the dynamics in the teachers lounge and the staff meetings."

Mrs. N Rossicone
Principal
St. Clair’s Elementary School, Staten Island NY

"I don’t know what to say about Colleen, I don’t know what you call it, talk, presentation, soliloquy, filibuster, motivational speech, comedy set, pre-game pep talk, keynote address, there was quite a bit that stood out.  You can critique Colleen in two ways.  The first is the way she imparts knowledge of her religion and the second is how she emotes the impact her faith has had on where she is today. As an altar boy for 10 years,  it should be fairly obvious that I have been around the church for many years.  My 3 siblings and I are all products of a Roman Catholic education which extended through our collegiate pursuits as well.  I minored in Theology at a Jesuit University, and all that that implies.  I have been a Eucharistic Minister for many years and am now a parent of children in Catholic school.  Despite being inculcated with my Roman Catholic faith, practicing its traditions and living its teachings, I had no idea how much I did not know until I heard Colleen speak.  My mother taught me to pray the rosary, my father taught me the significance of Nocturnal Adoration and my faith taught me of the path to Christ through the Eucharist; but never before had anyone got me thinking about things differently until I heard Colleen speak.  It was not so much her experiences, as fascinating as they were, that distinguished her from others I have heard through the years.  It was more her perspective of those experiences.  Telling her sister that their mother can be found in the Eucharist was a concept above my most contemplative thoughts.  Making B.I.B.L.E. an acronym was another interpretation that heretofore I had never heard.  Her energy, humor, passion, motivation, drive….I could go on with the nouns, were inspirational.  I was simply floored by it.  Talk about over-delivering, this was over the top in getting people to think differently.  She made me see with my heart.  I have not stopped talking or thinking about it since. Colleen in her own self-deprecating way elevated herself and the weight of her message.  By her own admission she obtained no Theological degrees, holds no catechetical title or bears any religious distinction, but I’d put her piety up against most of the church officials I’ve met.  Like Jesus, and unfortunately unlike others, she did not deign to speak to our group, but rather looked upon it as a privilege or a humble calling.

I don’t know where Farmington, Farmingdale, or Old McDonald had a Farm, New Jersey is, but wherever she’s from, her parish would be well-served to have her as a homilist.  Could you see her at a youth mass having the congregation break up into small groups and giving her what she asked for in order to garner green tickets?  I’m still ashamed that it was easier for me to produce 10 designer items than it was 8 religious ones.  These corporal works of mercy that she provides may help to sanctify her, but they provide much needed spirituality for our youth and adults alike.  Mother Teresa said, “My secret is simple, I pray.”  Colleen’s secret is simple as well.  She lives a faith based life imbued with the tenets of her religion with Christ at the forefront.  Her infectious deportment leads by example and renders others exposed to it, to expect more of themselves.  She delivered her messages from such a positive and reverent bent.  Her spirituality is contagious and just like Typhoid Mary, keep her in contact with as many people as you can.  If a simple mother of twins can be so influential there is hope for all of us flawed."

John Stevens (Sponsor from a Confirmation retreat)
Little Flower Church, Berkley Heights, NJ

 

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