Graduate Student/Young Adults Retreat
During the Spring Semester of 2003, the first Graduate Student/Young Adult Retreat was created. Since then there has been a GSYA retreat every year and the name of the retreat is Deepening. This retreat is aimed at the issues facing graduate students and young adults who have transitioned from undergraduate studies to grad school or the working world and are now exploring such faith issues as discerning careers and direction in life, relationships, solitude, prayer, community, and more. Retreatants have the opportunity to listen to and talk with community members and other retreatants who have struggled or are struggling with similar issues. Typically about 50 graduate students and young adults attend this retreat every spring. The retreat is usually in February or March and is a full weekend, Friday evening to Sunday morning. Every year a new group of people attend this retreat with exception to the retreat team who helps organize the retreat. If you are interested in attending keep an eye out for registration in the early spring. For more information contact Troy Woytek, email@example.com.
The Awakening retreat is lead by a group of students who have been on Awakening in the past with the guidance of a CSC Staff Intern. People of all backgrounds are welcome to go on Awakening. Retreatants cover a wide range of religious experiences, from those who might consider themselves retreat professionals, to those who are not even Christian. Retreatants cover the full array of college majors, personalities, and backgrounds.
During the retreat, there are inspirational talks given by students, opportunities to share with others on the retreat, time for prayer and reflection, songs, recreation, and Eucharist. There will be some free time on Saturday. The Awakening retreat can be a time when your beliefs may be challenged by others, or when you may challenge your own ideas. The atmosphere surrounding Awakening is fun, supporting, and nurturing. The retreat is an amazing place to meet extraordinary people. Almost everyone leaves the retreat moved in one way or another.
If you are interested in going on Awakening, contact a staff member for more information about when sign-ups will take place. Don't be surprised if you end up feeling loved by and closer to a few more people by the end. Feel free to invite your friends--and come make new friends! Take a chance on yourself.
The Growth retreat is a retreat for those who have already been on Awakening and delves deeper into many of the issues examined by Awakening. The group is smaller than that of Awakening and gives individuals an opportunity to put their faith into action while allowing for more self-reflection.
A Twilight retreat is held about once a semester on a Friday evening. The evening begins with a simple dinner, which is followed by a brief talk on a subject. The night also includes time for self-reflection.
The Busy Person's Retreat
The Busy Person's Retreat is designed to be five days of prayer and reflection while in the real world. It includes an opening session, meeting with a spiritual director once a day at a time you set, and a group faith discussion on of the days.
Spirituality on Tap
Several times a year, the CSC sponsors faith discussions, usually led by Fr. Gary. These discussions are a wonderful time to explore faith in a relaxed, casual manner.