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The Christian Brothers community consists of intellectual leaders. Some choose to put these leadership skills to use by helping administer the four year CB retreat experience. You may not know, but a lot of work goes into creating these retreats and connecting each one together to provide you with a complete faith journey throughout your years […]

The Christian Brothers community consists of intellectual leaders. Some choose to put these leadership skills to use by helping administer the four year CB retreat experience. You may not know, but a lot of work goes into creating these retreats and connecting each one together to provide you with a complete faith journey throughout your years of growth at CB. The Student Retreat Leadership Team (SRLT), lead by Mrs. Jennifer Yearwood, brings retreat ideas to life by utilizing the young, powerful minds of our seniors to inspire retreat ideas.

To kick off the year, the SRLT team retreats themselves to Applegate in order to learn leadership skills. While there, they practice all the games designed for the CB retreats, brainstorm new ideas, and plan out the perfect experiences for the CB community. They also bond with each other, as they need to be able to work together in order to build the best experiences for retreatants.

Every class retreat is linked together in order to prepare students for the next. This allows us to look back on the retreats and see how our values and beliefs have changed or grown over the years. The theme for the frosh retreat is “Who Am I,” exploring who you are as a member of CB’s Lasallian family. Self-discovery is continued through the sophomore retreat, as part of the theme includes exploring the question, “What Are My Values?” The other aspect explores the idea of who Christ is in your life. This is when the religious reflection really kicks in and it is continued into the junior retreat with the theme, “My Life and Faith Journey.”

These three retreats prepare you for the ultimate experience: Kairos. The junior retreat especially previews the Kairos experience as it is off campus and overnight.

According to the CB website, Kairos revolves around “the unconditional love of God for us as seen in the relationships and people He sends us in our lives. It also explores who Christ is in our lives and how we are called by Christ to bring his love to others.” It truly is a once in a lifetime, self-discovery experience you won’t want to miss.

“The overall message of Kairos is that you are loved and that you are not alone,” explains Mrs. Yearwood. “It’s not just like you’re loved by your parents, teachers, and friends; you’re loved by the God that created you, however you imagine God to be.”

According to SRLT member Caeley Kelly (’18), “you don’t realize it until you go on Kairos that the retreats have helped you.”

The fluidity of each retreat connecting to one another opens our minds and prepares us to think in the self-reflective, loving, and accepting ways we end up explore during Kairos.

Although these retreats are truly mind expanding,”freshman and sophomores normally don’t want to go on the retreats; they think they’re stupid,” says Nina Vitorelo (’18).

However, it is important for us CB students to start these retreats as early as freshman year so we know just what CB’s really about from the get go: faith and love.

These retreats are specifically put in place to help you discover yourself as well as your faith. Diligent work goes into making these retreats a possibility. We have SRLT to thank for providing us with a pathway of self exploration. It is highly encouraged to put your all into these retreats, open up when you can, and create meaningful relationships with your classmates. These retreats are all for you! Take advantage of them and trust the process!

 

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