How Catholic Women Religious Experience ‘#1 Boiler Awakening’

by Sister Julie Ann on October 30, 2010

After hanging out with students at Sunday Eucharist and Wednesday night late Mass, Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity were invited to be a small part of the ‘#1 Boiler Awakening’ through St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center at Purdue University, IN on October 30, 2010.

Boiler Awakening Retreat

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity were invited to be part of the '#1 Boiler Awakening' held for Catholic students attending Purdue University through St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center.

To be honest ‘Boiler Awakening’ first conjectured images of a closed setting with plenty of engineered steaming water-a type of mineral-spirit spa? We learned, however, that this ‘#1 Boiler Awakening’, a Catholic student-led, student-based retreat was truly about deepening and exploring one’s faith and relationship with God. By encouraging spiritual growth through prayer, service, reflection, and full participation in the Mystical Body of Christ, this impressionable college retreat appeared to be an “awakening” to Christ’s presence in the world for @60 students.

Sister Mary Ann Spanjers, OSF,  was actually part of a panel presentation that happened on the second day.  Sister offered her own perspective as a Catholic woman religious. The FSCC Vocation Team  joined the retreatants for a delicious chicken enchilada dinner before heading back to Wisconsin.

7 thoughts on “How Catholic Women Religious Experience ‘#1 Boiler Awakening’”

  1. The openness of the students, their relaxed, joy-filled spirits, the depth of their questions, and obvious desire to grow in their relationship with Jesus all touched my heart during this afternoon of sharing! Finding the site of the retreat amidst the corn fields of Indiana was definitely a work of the Spirit for Sister Julie Ann and me! It was so worth the journey!

  2. Sister Laura says:

    What a great opportunity to visit the Boilermakers and see them growing into Christ. Thanks for sharing

  3. Shelena says:

    Thank you for sharing this new experience for the two of you. May you have more opportunities to share with young college students seeking a closer relationship with the Lord.

  4. Sister Carol says:

    Wow! What an experience! Glad to hear about today's young people searching for God. Glad to see such a large number too. Love the name-“Boilermakers” Very creative and gets your brain thinking. Thanks for representing us and bringing Franciscan spirit to them.

  5. srsharon says:

    What an interesting experience, Srs. Julie Ann & Mary Ann in participating in the first “Boiler Awakening” at Purdue University. Thank you for participating. 60 students was a good number of participants and great that it was student led. Keep up your dedicated labors in the field of God's youth discerning their faith and vocations.

  6. Sannmary says:

    What a great way to meet so many young people. Thanks for all your energy and dedication. May it go along way. May God be with you during the discernment retreat this weekend.

  7. Sistercyrilla says:

    Thankyou,Thankyou so much! You do a good job and sacrifice much to be where the action is. My prayers are continually with you all and all those that live so close to God that thy spread their goodness just like jelly on a piece of bread!

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