Friendship, Fellowship & Prayer
At the beginning of a new academic year, it's always important to take time away, pray & reflect. With 13 new seminarians and 19 returning, there are a lot of new names to learns, friendships to form and memories to create. And so, on the afternoon of the last Friday before fall classes began, the Saint Joseph Seminarians traveled to Loyola University Chicago's Retreat & Ecology Campus (LUREC) in Woodstock, Illinois for a weekend retreat to kick-start the school year.
The seminary's fall retreat focuses on building upon the friendship & brotherly bond that the upper classmen already have, while introducing and uniting the freshmen with each other. As the seminarians learn quickly, you cannot be in the seminary alone; you have your brothers who will help you pray, grow and discern.
Aside from daily prayer and mass, the retreat is run by students from Loyola University Chicago who have been trained to facilitate group activities at LUREC. Through the direction of their peers, the seminarians learn to work together as a team within their class, overcoming unique physical and mental challenges. From "Where's the Pig," to moving balls from point A to point B, and the beloved rope course, our seminarians laughed and grew closer together as a community in Christ. It is through their brothers that they will grow closer to Christ this year.