As part of their Freshmen Class Retreat, ninth graders spent Friday, September 30th reflecting on the themes of love and service. Students enjoyed Mass with Dominican Chaplain Fr. John Restrepo, O.P. and lunch along with their parents.
The retreat began with a keynote presentation by Jason Angelette. Jason and his wife, Elise, co direct the Marriage and Family Ministry of the Willwoods Community of the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Jason shared his own personal journey of faith and how he came to a deeper understanding of what it means to love and be loved. Students also participated in dynamic breakout sessions which included Male and Female Complementarily presented by Theron Ferry and Caroline Boelte, Praying through Art by Jennifer Frosh, and “Don’t Trade Mr. Right for Mr. Right Now” by Christina Oldacre.
One of the hallmarks of the retreat day was the entire class played a role cooking a complete meal for the Metropolitan Women’s Center, a shelter for women and children who are victims of domestic violence. From cutting onions to frosting cupcakes, everyone happily pitched in! Freshmen also created “Mercy Bags” for the homeless. Bags included water bottles, granola bars, socks, a toothbrush, toothpaste and toiletry bottles of shampoo and soap. At the end of the day, freshmen shared their beautiful insights from the retreat with one another.
Looking forward to many more Class of 2020 retreats to come!