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Freshmen Class Retreat

At the Archdiocesan Retreat Center in Kearny, NJ, the students began the day with Mass in the chapel. They were encouraged to persevere in the faith no matter how difficult the struggle or distractions.


Brian Caldwell, the retreat director challenged the class to think about these questions: Who is your favorite cartoon character? If you had a million dollars and had to buy a gift for someone – who would you give it to? Where in the world would you travel if you had to take a trip? And if you had one super hero’s power – what would you have?  After a discussion about their choices, Brian went on to affirm the giftedness each of them has –  they are all different – God does this for us and it is up to us to figure out the gifts and how to use them.  When we are with each other – flying on our magical carpet with special passengers and encounter trouble – we need to change course - maybe even turn upside down – but we have each other for support.

Change can be fun or can be difficult – but it is up to us to figure it out for the good. As freshmen, you are on a new adventure and creating a community of young women. God put you here for a purpose. We don’t know why but together we will figure it out and build community.

The retreat was organized by Sister Alexander Siegel, ICHS campus minister.