- Written by Caroline Walker, Oakland Catholic High School Campus Minister
Our Campus Ministry took a group of 29 retreatants, 14 student leaders and 10 faculty to Antiochian Village in Ligonier from December 1-4, 2016 for Oakland Catholic's 29th Kairos retreat. As a Catholic institution we are infinitely fortunate to be supported in our spirituality. Members of our Junior and Senior classes were able to encounter Christ on a deeper level through the testimonies of their peers and faculty, time in Adoration and praise and worship, receiving the sacraments through the sacrifice of the Mass and opportunities for confession, many tears, many laughs, deep discussions, good food and lots and lots of prayer.
The experience of Kairos gave our beautiful young women a chance to step away from their amazingly busy and accomplished lives and take time to reflect on their lives and rest their hearts in the Lord's infinite and personal love for them. Ecclesiastes 3:2-8 tells us: "There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven--A time to give birth and a time to die; A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted. A time to kill and a time to heal; A time to tear down and a time to build up. A time to weep and a time to laugh; A time to mourn and a time to dance. A time to throw stones and a time to gather stones; A time to embrace and a time to shun embracing. A time to search and a time to give up as lost; A time to keep and a time to throw away. A time to tear apart and a time to sew together; A time to be silent and a time to speak. A time to love and a time to hate; A time for war and a time for peace." Kairos truly offered opportunities to plant seeds, to heal, to build up, to search, to dance, to mourn, to speak and to be silent. The retreat as a whole fully encapsulates our purpose in Campus Ministry, in providing opportunities through which our young women can grow spiritually, in community and friendship, with greater purpose and discernment and most importantly ever closer to Christ.