[quote=kmktexas]This is a web site that had some basic info: http://www.catholic-forum.com/church...ist_renew.html
It says it was founded in 1969 in Parma, Ohio. It appears to be focused on community building more than a faith experience./QUOTE]
We have had this program in our parish for several years and it does build community, but more importantly yields parishioners who have a renewed faith and a stronger spirituality. Many young folks here have become "reverts" after participating. The team for putting on a retreat is made up of the previous class of retreatants plus an experienced spiritual director. The team goes through a six month period of spiritual formation before putting on the next retreat. A very complete manual from the Ohio people is provided to each person and provides a road map for the process which has proven to be in my opinion quite sucessful. I have done RENEW and some other programs and feel that CHRP like RCIA can help build a strong and orthodox parish.