How Busy Students Become Prophets

by Sister Julie Ann on February 5, 2010

img_73381.jpgEver wonder what ‘prophet training’ might include? Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity Sister Mary Ann Spanjers, OSF, eye-witnessed a Busy Student Retreat, January 31-February 4, 2010 at the Newman University Parish at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point entitled: Listening to Prophets. Becoming Prophets.

img_7341.jpgWendy Mitch, Deb McComas and Father Tom Linder, pastoral leaders, planned the theme  and organized the retreat with the help of countless others including Dominican preacher, Fr. Brian Walker, OP who addressed these topics:  

  • I Have Formed You From the Womb To Be Something Special-The New Prophet.
  • How Do I React to Violence Directed Toward Me or People I Love?
  • Do I Understand the Suffering of Others? Do I Ever See Myself In Their Place?
  • Hearing the Prophet, Becoming a Prophet in Celebrating the Eucharist.
  • One Day All of Us Shall Do the Way of All Flesh! Until That Time, There is a Mission for Each of Us.

Add to these strongly delivered words an intensive, holistic week of:

  • daily Eucharist
  • opportunities for the Sacrament of Reconciliation
  • a half-hour of individual uninterrupted quiet prayer
  • journaling
  • evening prayer service
  • honest, open conversations with retreat directors representing various religious communities.

img_7328.jpgReligious spending time with the young adults included Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, La Crosse, WI, American Province of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, Springfield, OH, Jesuits: Society of Jesus, Midwest Province; Franciscan Friars Assumption BVM Province; Norbertines of St. Norbert Abbey; Dominican Order of Preachers, Minneapolis; Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis and of course, the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity.

Community-building among the students and all off-campus visitors was also an important part of the days spent together.

What would you include in ‘prophet training’?

4 thoughts on “How Busy Students Become Prophets”

  1. What a “cool” week to spend with these great students and the team of lay leaders, sisters, and priests! The depth of faith in these students is a huge sign of the presence of God in our midst!

  2. Fr. Brian’s prophetic utterances sound extremely helpful. Honest/open conversations, good food, a sacramental life…a real diet of this kind of living with good company and good humor is sure to give everyone (not just young adults)vitality.

  3. Sister Sharon Paul says:

    Sr. Mary Ann, Thank You for taking the time to spend with the students. I especially liked the different communities, both priests & sisters which makes a great blend and the schedule and topics seemed well chosen. Time for quiet, reflection, walking, good music always adds a good dimension with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

  4. Leslie says:

    I’ve gone to the BSR for five years and each year my faith grows over the course of the week. It is based entirely on student’s schedules so it helps us realize that we always have time for God in our lives. Thanks for being one of our spiritual directors Sister Mary Ann.

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