Retreat for university students in Savannah, Georgia, September 26th-28th, 2014.
On September 26th the community of Servant Sisters in Jacksonville, Florida headed to Georgia to help lead an Intercollegiate Retreat in the Diocese of Savannah, Georgia. The retreat began Friday evening and ended on Sunday morning with the final Mass celebrated by Savannah’s Bishop Emeritus, Bishop Boland.
On Friday evening there was a talk about the importance of silence and prayer in our lives. Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta was mentioned many times as an example of a woman who lived prayer in silence in everyday life, and because of that she had the strength to work for the Lord the way she did.
After the talk, the Blessed Sacrament was exposed for turns of all-night adoration and confessions were available. Saturday began with Morning Prayer, and the men and women separated to have different talks. The women attended a talk about the Dignity of the Woman based on the example of the Blessed Mother, who leads all women to find their Dignity. After a 15 minute break, there was another talk given entitled “Everyday Holiness.” The talk consisted of tips to live everyday holiness in our lives. Afterwards we were able to take in some fresh air while playing various games.
After the games and before praying the Rosary there was a talk in which many stories were told about miracles attributed to the Rosary. In the evening there was free time for everyone to play sports, go to confession, pray, and talk. The final talk on God’s Mercy was given in the evening and was followed by Eucharistic Adoration with songs that helped make a prayerful climate. During the adoration the students had another chance to go to confession. To close the night there was Evening Prayer and a bonfire for everyone.
We began Sunday morning by praying Lauds. Afterwards, there was time to share the graces received on the retreat and to exchange contact information before the closing Mass with Bishop Emeritus Boland.
Let us pray that the graces received over the weekend retreat bear much fruit in the lives of the students who attended.