Juniors Return Renewed and Recharged from Retreat

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Juniors Taylor Babcock and Abby Rosler are ecstatic after their retreat at Colombiere. Photo Credit: Sierra Wangler

Juniors Taylor Babcock and Abby Rosler are ecstatic after their retreat at Colombiere.  Photo Credit: Sierra Wangler
Juniors Taylor Babcock and Abby Rosler are ecstatic after their retreat at Colombiere. Photo Credit: Sierra Wangler

When their precious iPhone battery life reads 10% or less, most teenagers’ hearts skip a beat. Some even go flat line for a millisecond or two. No battery means no tweets, favorites, or re-vining. But with the simple action of plugging their phones into the wall, reviving it back to life, many breath a sigh of relief.

Many juniors breathed that same sigh of relief last Thursday and Friday. However, it was not because they had their phone battery charged, but rather because they recharged their relationship with God.

This month 42 juniors stayed overnight at Colombiere Retreat Center in Clawson for two days. The girls were given time to reflect on their relationship with Christ, and held discussions with their own small groups.

The students were also presented with many high-energy activities, discussions, and had guest speakers Sister Marianne, a former Social Studies teacher at Mercy, and Mary Wilkerson, a Mercy alum. Solo times outside allowed the girls to reflect on their faith, while attending mass and receiving the sacrament of Reconciliation reaffirmed their spirituality.

“There was time to meditate and have time for just you and God. It definitely helped rejuvenate my faith,” said junior Amy Kravutske.

However, going on this retreat meant students had to miss school for two days.

“Missing two days of school and being a junior in AP classes is difficult, especially when some teachers don’t seem to be lenient or willing to work with you,” said Kravutske.

Despite having to pay catch up with school work, those who attended the retreat said it was worth it.

“I became closer to some friends, and I had a really good time,” said Barthel.

All in all, most of the juniors enjoyed their retreat at Colombiere, feeling that their faith life grew stronger over the two days spent there.