The Freshman & Liturgical Arts Retreat
Friday, September 14 & Saturday, Sept 15 2012
RSVP deadline August, 26 2012
Freshman Retreat at the Spiritan Center in Bethel Park is a time for reflection and relaxation. After a very busy and challenging start to the semester, freshman students take part in many activities that enrich faith and promote oneness with God. It includes time for community prayer, Eucharist, music, relaxation, recreation and getting to know other new students.
Students (left) take part in many activities that enrich faith and promote oneness with God as they venture through their time at Duquesne University
At a university where academic excellence is the norm, peace of mind is not something easily attained by freshmen. After four weeks of this rigorous new curriculum the novelty begins to wear off and it transforms from an exciting new challenge into just another chore. With this in mind, the Freshman Retreat could not have been better timed. At the Spiritan Center in Bethel Park we found the Peace we needed. This was made available to us in a series of liturgies and group activities including a very moving Healing Prayer in which we were "Called by Name". After this deeply intimate spiritual weekend, we left the retreat house with our new friends and knowledge of ourselves, ready to face the challenges that faced us.