Campus Ministries' Mystery Retreat

    March 5, 2019

    Students traveled to Cape May, New Jersey this past weekend for Campus Ministries’ Mystery Retreat, an opportunity to explore Roman Catholicism and discern ways to relate the Catholic faith to the everyday experience of a college student. 

    Led by a team of eight students, each leader delivered a witness talk on topics that revolve around the major themes of the Catechism and were presented as a means to help better grasp the Mystery of God. Each talk was followed by small group discussion, and then a conversation with the entire group.

    "The Mystery retreat is a chance for students to take time and look at their life in the present and dive deeper into their beliefs amongst topics such as practices of the Catholic Church, spirituality and faith," said retreat team member Nina Fiore ’21 remarked. "As an experience, its beach setting fosters the idea this retreat brings of washing away hurt from the past in order to heal for the present and future."

    Other activities included community builders, journaling, a healing service, and an agape meal. The Saturday afternoon session was a round-robin with faculty and staff members who answered questions students offered to gain more clarity on specific topics.

    Drs. Maria Poggia Johnson of the Theology/Religious Studies Department and Helen M. Wolf, executive director of Campus Ministries, joined Fred Mercadante, campus minister for Sacramental Formation and the Mystery Retreat leader, to grapple with these questions.

    The Mystery Retreat is one of more than two dozen retreats offered by Campus Ministries. For more information, visit the Campus Ministries website.

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