Following a tradition begun by Franciscan Sister Mary Ann Spanjers, Sister Julie Ann Sheahan was present as a spiritual companion to University of Wisconsin Stevens Point students for the annual Point Catholic Busy Student Retreat. The near Valentine’s Day event’s theme was: I will make room in my heart for you, O God.This is quite the New Evangelization moment! Campus Minister Wendy Mitch facilitates the extensive planning. 62 students were paired with 8 spiritual directors for daily one on one Scripture sharing from Monday through Thursday. An Evening Meal, Evening Prayer and Preaching helped deepen the experience allowing for integration in a community. Indeed, Holy Spirit Parish members generously gave of themselves whether preparing and serving the different day’s menus or dropping off needed ingredients. This support was a tremendous witness of how our Church serves each other.
A helpful retreat guide was distributed with schedule, prayer helps, Gospel for the day with accompanying reflection questions and a liturgy aid for Evening Prayer. Father Dennis Lynch and Father Frank Corradi assisted with the daily liturgies and Evening Preaching and Night Prayer. Their inspiration helped direct healthy, heart reflection. As always, the students’ singing in the Newman Center chapel was truly awesome!