Have you heard about this strange-sounding retreat and want to know more about it? Cool. You’ve come to the right place.
I have been on Antioch as a retreatant and served as a team member, and that should be a reassuring sign that it’s a great retreat. It’s for everyone, actually. Whether you’ve been on a bunch of retreats before or this is your first one, whether or not you’d consider yourself Catholic or Christian, whether you’re a first semester first-year or a senior, every Loras student should go on it at least once. Also, there is a never-ending array of snacks.
Personally, one of my favorite parts of the retreat, that I can share, is that it takes place off campus. In that set-apart space, sometimes the masks we put on throughout the course of just trying to survive or “make it” fade away on this retreat. I’ve seen it, and I’ve experienced it. This retreat isn’t just for “those people” who seem to just have it all together — nope, because no one really does have it “all together.” I’m a junior in college, and if it’s one thing I know, it’s that no one has it all. We all got junk, and Antioch is an amazing experience. So, if you get nothing else out of it (you get what you give), you’ll learn that everyone’s got junk, and that’s just a part of what makes us human.
There are student speakers sharing about their faith life and how it can be going great and crappy at the same time. There’s down time to just hang out and get to know people one on one. Honestly, there’s something in the retreat for everyone. It’s not just listening to people talk or praying the whole weekend. It’s really just about being present to each other in a bunch of different ways, which I can’t disclose because that would ruin the mystery around Antioch.
Antioch is not only just a retreat, it’s also a community. The relationships I’ve made during those three days are friendships I luckily still have now, and maybe that’s what you’ve been searching for this semester. I know I have, so pick up an Antioch form (Campus Ministry in the ACC has a bunch of them), fill it out, and I’ll see you November 11-13.