I have always thought that working at Gross Catholic was a blessing, but after two straight days and one overnight retreat experience with this year's senior class I know it; I have proof. Your children are prepared for the future. We discussed their fears, anxiety, and excitement about entering the "real world."
You will be happy to know that they realize the demands of bills and responsibilities. Most were very sad about eventually leaving their families. Yet, all of the students are excited about the prospects of life "on their own."
Most of the students have clear goals for future success. In this material world that we live in it would be easy to think that our students focused on that kind of success. However, they shared their dreams of travel, family, and careers that will make a difference in our world. They also took time to ask forgiveness from those they may have hurt these past 4 years and to thank those who have supported them on this journey. We, of course, had plenty of time for snacks, laughs, and games, but this year's senior class believes that they are rooted in Christ who will be with them everywhere they go.
These retreat experiences would not have been so successful without the help of many adults. I would like to thank all of the parents who wrote letters to their children. In addition, the students had wonderful small group leaders from within our faculty. Finally, a special thanks to Will Targy (Class of 2004 and now the Youth Minister at St. Mary's Bellevue) who openly shared his experiences of college, redemption, and "owned" faith. Also, thank you to CaSandra Johnson for creating a beautiful painting that became the backdrop of our retreat.
When you count your blessings this Thanksgiving season, please keep these people in your prayers as well.
Assistant Campus Minister