The 1st Annual Fly Fishers or Men Retreat was held on July 15-16, 2017 at the Christ Prince of Peace Retreat Center on the Hiwassee River. Fr. David Boettner led the retreat for 25 men in the diocese who share a love for trout fishing, nature, and our Catholic faith. East Tennessee is blessed to have an abundance of beautiful trout streams, and the Hiwassee is truly one of the premier rivers in the eastern United States.

Our Lord called Peter and his brother Andrew while they were fishing on the Sea of Galilee by saying to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matthew 4:19). As fly fishermen, we do not believe that it was any accident that Christ called fishermen to be the leaders of His Church, and we are committed to being disciples of Christ.