St. Michael juniors enjoyed a day of reflection, renewal and prayer on campus during their retreat on Monday. The day’s theme “serve like Christ,” allowed the soon-to-be seniors on campus to contemplate the importance of acting as role models with courage and compassion.
Juniors had the chance to observe multiple speakers, work creatively, and play games. Girls and boys also had extended breakout sessions to explore calls to serve in future vocations. At the end of the day students gathered for Eucharistic Adoration together as a class in the St. Michael gym and to listen to a powerful witness by Andrew Hundley from the Louisiana Parole Project.
“Our juniors are the future leaders of the school,” shares St. Michael campus minister Emily Froeba. “It is important that they had this time together to bond as a class as well as reflect on the meaning service to others in the community and service to each other at school. Serving like Christ is something that we reiterate but do not always stop to really contemplate what it looks like in daily life.”
Junior and next year’s student body president Julia Clark says the retreat provided some much-needed relaxation for her and her peers. “The retreat was super relaxing. I really enjoyed painting with all the junior girls. That was definitely my favorite part of the day. I also enjoyed hearing testimonies about different vocations and the struggles and joy that come with each,” she shares. “Any time we have a retreat at St. Michael I am reminded how I need to live out my faith in my day to day life at school. These retreats are important because they give you a day to rest, be with God, and strengthen friendships.”
Junior Zach Edwards said that his favorite part of the retreat was hearing the different speakers. “We had a lot of speakers for this retreat and we were able have a Q and A with them. I enjoyed hearing their stories and knowing that they have been through similar struggles growing up,” he shares. “The important thing about retreats is understanding that we all need time to reflect in life. We will all go through challenges and having days like this gives us a better understanding on how to handle them.”