The Freshman Retreat is a fun-filled, action-packed weekend full of faith and friends. It is a fantastic opportunity to grow in faith and fellowship, and a super easy way to make new, like-minded friends. It is a truly unique experience that every freshman who can should take. This past year, in addition to hours of white-water rafting and outdoor sports matches, there was Mass and all-night Eucharistic Adoration. Fr. Greg and the FOCUS missionaries were great adult leaders, and the student leaders gave wonderful examples of how to live a good, Catholic life and still be a normal college student. The cost of the retreat was only $20, and it is worth so much more than anybody paid.
This is a terrific way to get involved early on and to meet great opportunity to meet Catholic friends and getting to know Newman Center Staff. For a testimonial on last year’s retreat check out our Fall 2010 newsletter.
Men have souls too. Even if you are an emotionally stunted man-child, if you’re a guy, your relationship with God could use some work (hard work, most likely involving power tools and minimal conversation). In the past we’ve gone to the Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and heard talks from dynamic priests like Msgr. Rob Panke on topics such as discerning a priestly vocation and being a real man in modern society. Guys who go on these trips in the past have grown in fellowship with other men and have gained support and reassurance in their relationship with God. Usually held on Saturday, the trip lasts from mid-morning until late afternoon and includes a free lunch and alligator wrestling (if we’re lucky)
This year we are doing an overnight! We will head up to Emmitsburg, MD for a Saturday morning retreat which will include Mass, adoration, and confession. That evening we will then head to Ski Liberty for night skiing! The retreat is only $20 per person.
Check out Keaghan Ames’ article in the Spring 2011 Caught Up In the Faith. And email email@example.com to register!
Alternative Spring Break
This year GW Catholics’ will be heading to West Virginia! We will be helping construct homes for those in need near Charleston. The cost will be $500 with $250 of that being raised in group fundraising efforts. If you would like to sign up or learn more email Amy West at firstname.lastname@example.org. To hear a student’s perspective read Chris Crawford’s article in the Spring 2011 Caught Up In the Faith.
The Women’s Retreat is not only a great opportunity to grow in fellowship with your sisters in Christ, it’s also a slow-paced day full of learning about prayer and your role in the Church as a woman, as defined by the Church herself. Right before finals this past year, a small group of women, led by Amy and two Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matara (Sr. Servant of the Cross and Sr. Marie Notre Dame de Victoire), took a quiet day to learn about the “Feminine Genius” as described by Pope John Paul II in his encyclical Mulieris Dignitatem and his Apostolic Letter to Women, and to reflect on how they could grow in faith and as women of prayer. The retreat was given at the Franciscan Monastery, with a short trip to the Basilica for Mass.