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This retreat takes place over the course of one week. It is intended for busy college students, faculty, and staff who cannot spend a whole weekend at a retreat, but desire to find God in their hectic everyday lives. All students, faculty, and staff (no matter your faith or experience) are encouraged to participate. The Busy Person’s Retreat is designed to fit both an individual's schedule and their unique spiritual path. You will meet one-on-one with a spiritual companion who will work with you, wherever you may be on your faith journey, to better live out your call to love and serve God in your life. During this time, the retreat will be virtual. The three distinct features of the Busy Person’s Retreat are:
Monday: Communal opening prayer
Tuesday-Thursday: Individual sessions with spiritual companion.
Friday: Closing prayer
The Freshmen Nature Retreat is a retreat for freshmen students. Usually, we would travel to Starved Rock State Park to take a breather from the hustle and bustle of college life to go out and explore God’s creation while learning how to balance the demands of your coursework, extracurricular activities, family, friends and most importantly – your faith. Since we are unable to travel under COVID restrictions, the Freshmen Nature Retreat is coming to you.
We will start with a short virtual gathering at 9:00am. You will then be given a link to do the rest of the retreat yourself - outside. Explore campus! (Hike around the lake, or saunter through the community garden, or just plop down in a nice sunny piece of grass) Go to a park, close by or drive out to where we usually hold this retreat, Starved Rock State Park! Pick your favorite spot in your backyard! Then pop in your earbuds/headphones and just listen and relax.
Students of all faiths and none are welcome. You will be introduced to the Benedictine lifestyle through the hallmarks of love of Christ and neighbor, conversatio, prayer, stability, obedience, discipline, humility, stewardship, hospitality and community.
Format: Synchronous virtual meeting to start, the rest is self-directed via audio recording.
The Palm Sunday Retreat kicks off Holy Week by giving a chance to reflect, pray, and have a little fun. We watch a film, discuss, pray, eat, and go to Mass together. It might not be a film you expect!
Due to our COVID-19 virtual campus, the Palm Sunday retreat this year will consist of a guide (found on the right) that will allow you to walk yourself through your own retreat. Using a variety of resources and film clips from the Internet, this is unlike any retreat you've had before! Do it individually or with your family. Do it over video chat with a friend. Do it all at once or spread it over the week. It's completely your retreat!
The retreat will appear here on April 5, Palm Sunday.
Join Campus Ministry staff every weekday at noon for #LiveLectio. We will guide you through prayer and invite you to listen and attend with the ear of your heart.
Visit @BenUMinistry on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube !
For additional resources on lectio divina please visit St. Procopius Abbey's website.
Date: February 2020
Join us for a one-day retreat exploring important religous spaces, practices, and traditions in the local community. Take time to reflect on your own religious and non-religious values. Enjoy fellowship and delicious local cultural cuisine all while learning more about the religious diversity at BenU and in the community.
For additional information contact: Carol Allen at email@example.com