Why Some Catholic Students Sign Up for Busy Student Retreat

by Sister Julie Ann on October 13, 2011

Campus Minister, Brian Zanin, and the University of Wisconsin Whitewater Catholic Student Coalition invited Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity to facilitate a Busy Student Retreat beginning after Sunday Eucharist at St. Patrick Church on October 9, 2011. For the last three days, Sister Mary Ann Spanjers and Sister Julie Ann Sheahan began eating 3 meals a day with students at the Campus Ministry Center (‘Little House’ on Prairie Street), and having small group sessions morning, noon and night when individuals were free to take time for God. Add opportunities for Eucharist and the Sacrament of Reconciliation provided by Father Norberto Sandowal and Father Bill Nolan, other night-time prayer opportunities and you have one spiritual high. 

Why Retreat

Here’s reasons why students signed up in the first place to come for this retreat.

  • desire to grow in faith and the love of the Lord
  • felt it was the thing to do
  • hoped to have a form of religion class like I have grown up with every year in private school
  • wanted to refresh and renew my relationship with God
  • loved it last year; it took my mind off everyday stress and business; hope to gain a sense of peace
  • hope for closeness to God

Read More Reasons

Although retreatants didn’t mention the good food, that indeed made it a perfect body/soul experience! Here are more straight-forward comments:

  • hope to become more comfortable trusting that God will let everything work out
  • my first time that I will participate in a retreat; not sure why I signed up; hoping God will show me why
  • need a renewal of mind and spirit; hoping this retreat will transform my soul and put me on the right path again
  • hope to learn some new ideas
  • an enriching experience, I hope to broaden my perspective of my faith
  • haven’t been on  a retreat for while so hope to be close to Christ

Enjoy our gallery of photos capturing some of the moments of these prayerful days.

One Reflection Question

Retreats encourage awareness. When were you last aware of  listening to another or someone listening to you?

10 thoughts on “Why Some Catholic Students Sign Up for Busy Student Retreat”

  1. These students, along with Brian, their Campus Minister, are all about “Transforming the Word” through their genuine goodness, hospitality, prayer, service, desire to grow in their relationship with Jesus, caring for each other, love for the Church and openness to God and each other!

    It is a blessing to spend time with them!!!

  2. S. R. says:

    Talking to a friend about making sure I am involved in all the right activities

  3. L. E. says:

    When I was going through the transitions of starting college my family would always listen to me after a hard day

  4. Brett says:

    I listened when a friend was having trouble with a relationship.

  5. K.A. says:

    Recently, my resident assistant has listened and given really good advice about adjusting to college life.

  6. S.K. says:

    Just last night, my boyfriend listened while I vented about how stressed I was.

  7. L.K. says:

    My dad listened to me chatter away about college when I went home this weekend.

  8. J.S. says:

    My friend was having girlfiriend issues and so I listened to him which helped him feel better.

  9. V.K. says:

    In any situation where I need advice or when someone is talking to me

  10. Sister Kay says:

    Wow!  It appeared to be a holy wholesome time!  Blessings to all the participants!

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