During the second week in October, all members of the sophomore class spent one day on retreat at the Mount St. John property in Beavercreek, home of the Bergamo Center.
Sophomores were split up into three groups and attended the retreat with classmates from their religion classes. The underclassmen were led by 27 seniors who met and planned for the retreat one month prior. The theme for all three one-day sessions was trusting others and trusting God. Students enjoyed participating in trust building activities, such as a trust walk, ice breakers, and sharing with others in their sodalities and small groups.
Additonally, students heard reflections from their senior leaders on trust and learned more about our founding orders’ philosophies and visions. Each day, sophomores were able to visit with Chaminade alumnus Bro. Don Neff, S.M., who shared his thoughts on CJ traditions and the Marianist family. The retreat ended with a prayer service in the grotto (pictured above), where students shared their own reflections on the day and received pins encouraging each to grow in their trust of God.
Students seemed to gain a lot from the experience said Erin Bole, assistant director in the office of ministry and service. Bole, who organized and attended the retreat, said the feedback she received from sophomores, as well as senior leaders, in their anonymous retreat evaluations was overwhelmingly positive.
EXCERPTS FROM EVALUATIONS
“Ever since the retreat, I feel a lot closer to people I normally don’t talk to and I feel less shy, even though I’m new at CJ,” noted one sophomore retreatant.
“I loved the retreat and will never forget my experience!” said another sophomore.
One senior leader reflected, “I enjoyed leading and changing sophomores’ faith journeys!”