What can you expect from the Awakening retreat?
Awakening is led by a group of former Awakeners. A diverse group of people go on Awakening — students with various majors, recent grads, and people at all levels of faith. During the retreat there are inspiring talks given by students, chances to share with others in small groups, time for prayer, reflection, recreation, and Eucharist. Some of your present ideas about God and the Church may be challenged, and you may end up feeling loved by and closer to a few more people by the end. Invite your friends — and come make new friends. Take a chance on yourself. You are worth it!
What else do you need to know?
We will meet at the Catholic Student Center early Friday evening. We will spend the weekend at Todd Hall Retreat Center in Lincolnwood, IL, and return late Sunday afternoon. Space on the retreat is limited: There is room for 60 retreatants on Awakening, so please sign up soon. We ask Wash. U. students, STLCOP students, and CSC community members who are students to pay $50 toward the cost of the retreat. Non-students pay $100. Students who are not CSC community members and do not attend Wash.U or STLCOP also pay $100. Financial assistance, of up to $50, is only available to CSC community members (students and non-students). Signups for the Fall 2014 Awakening Retreat have concluded. We will post more information as the next Awakening retreat nears. Until then please feel free to contact a member of the Awakening Coordinating Team with any questions that you may have.
A retreat for grad students and young professionals that explores how God's mercy and our own can enter into the brokenness and disappointments of our lives and of the world. How God makes us His own through Mercy and how we offer our lives to God's love as Mercifully Yours.
About the Deepening 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 each early spring.
Deepening Retreat this year
Join us for a Friday evening at the CSC that begins with a simple happy hour that will move into a talk on "how to become a person of Mercy." Then Saturday we will spend the day away at a retreat center exploring Mercy in relationships and Living mercifully in the world as a young adult, leader, and person of faith. Saturday will be enriched by prayer that is led by two Brothers from Taize, France, who will lead a beautiful Taize prayer service. Truly a Lenten gift to yourself of prayer, contemplation, and community. We invite you to journey with us . . . Once you have completed this form, please bring your payment of $15 (grad student) or $35 (young adult) to the CSC as soon as possible. Checks should be made out to the Catholic Student Center. Registration due Thursday, Feb. 25th.
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