Of all the programs offered by the Department of Campus Ministry, retreats are among the most important and most intricate. A retreat can often be one of the most powerful tools at our disposal for bringing students to a face-to-face encounter with the very real presence of God in their lives.
All LCC students participate in an annual retreat. The Department of Campus Ministry has implemented a 4 year retreat program culminating in the powerful 3 ½ day senior retreat called Kairos or God’s Time. Each retreat is planned to meet the needs of students in an individual grade level and is planned by Campus Ministry. Retreat days, whether in-house or off campus, are mandatory for all students in each of the four years at LCC and are designed to offer students a meaningful and prayerful experience. Retreats afford our students time for conversion, reconciliation, the development of community and solitude with God. They are an essential and necessary part of the LCC faith life allowing us to take the time to consider the truly important aspects of life.
The Class of 2022 will attend their Kairos Retreat on November 14-18, 2021 at the Retreat Center in Maria Stein, OH.
Starting in freshman year, students begin hearing about the four-day Kairos retreats’ transformative experience. They hear how Kairos means “God’s Time” and that they will be taking part in a retreat that is shared by countless other Catholic high school seniors across our diocese and the US. They hear that Kairos is a process of figuring out yourself and your own spirituality. Each activity builds on the last and the result is really a manifestation of the Holy Spirit. The Kairos retreat program started back in 1965 as a teenage adaptation of the "Cursillo" Catholic retreat. The purpose is for participants to kindle their own faith and, on their return from the retreat, share that with their community.
We remind students that "your flaws are what make you perfect," (Raoul Samaroo, Class of 2018) because they are perfectly made by God. And to trust that "when God says NO, it's not a rejection, it's a redirection." (Jordan Tuerck, Class of 2018). In the process, the class finds common ground through sharing their stories. They are then asked to “Live the Fourth” which is truly the rest of their lives. Emily Sreenan, our K7 student rector, summed it up on the last day by telling her classmates, “God lets things crumble, perhaps because they were holding us back, or maybe so He can help us build them up better than before. As God reaches out to you, take that leap of faith. Live like you are loved!”
Freshman Retreat: Friday, August 28, 2020
Camp Clay, Van Wert, OH
Sophomore Retreat: Friday, March 12, 2021
Lima Central Catholic
Junior Retreat: Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Lima Central Catholic