“Awakening reminded me of who I was and why I cared about my faith so much. I don’t ever want to forget this! It changed my life!”
— Retreater, Alabama Awakening VIII

It all started when...

Alabama Awakening began in the spring of 2015. Inspired by Awakening retreats held at campuses across the country, the Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama launched Alabama Awakening.

Alabama Awakening is a retreat for college-aged young adults, run by students, for students. We seek to help each other grow in knowledge and love of our faith over a weekend retreat.

The Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama has successfully hosted nine Awakening retreats, with the tenth one happening fall of 2019!

Students from across the South have attended Alabama Awakening. Auburn University, University of Alabama, Troy, UA Huntsville, UA Birmingham, Samford University, Birmingham Southern College, University of North AlabamaUniversity of Mississippi, and Mississippi State University are just a glimpse of the schools represented at Alabama Awakening retreats.

Consider joining us at our next retreat, October 25-27, 2019, for a weekend of fun, fellowship, sacraments, and true Catholic community. Cultus Vitae!

“This was one of the most wonderful retreats I have been on since being in college. I have been on so many retreats before, but this one was different in an amazingly beautiful way.”
— Retreater, Alabama Awakening VI
“Awakening is a place to escape into Christ’s arms and revive your wounds for the battles that lie ahead.”
— Retreater, Alabama Awakening VII


“There is no saint without a past, no sinner without a future.”
— St. Augustine