What Antioch means to me

Every semester, Campus Ministry has a retreat for students led by their peers called Antioch. This retreat is designed for participants to build a community within the larger Loras community. Any Duhawk, regardless of faith tradition, is invited to attend. This semester, the weekend is March 24-26, and student leaders are already hard at work to make the weekend possible.

Antioch is a great opportunity to meet people who are going through the same spiritual journey as you. Even though every journey is as different and unique as a fingerprint, we are all traveling toward the same destination in the end. It does not matter if you are at the same point on your journey as the person sitting next to you. As you grow in community with others, they can provide inspiration for you to develop and move through your journey. I get most of my inspiration from the people I surround myself with and one day hope to inspire people as well.

Antioch was a great stepping stone for me to make friends I can share my faith with. Not only did the retreat help me grow spiritually as an individual, but it also helped me realize even more so the importance of community and the impact your presence has on others. You will be forever changed as long as you are open to that change and letting God work through your life. It does not matter if you are Catholic or some other religious denomination, first-year or senior, tall or short, all are welcome on Antioch.

On the retreat, I loved bonding with my small group through intimate discussions about where we are in our journey. Seeing them now this semester always brings a smile to my face. Aside from small groups, there are also big group activities, inspirational talks, and opportunities for personal spiritual development through prayer and reflection time. Antioch is truly a special experience.

For those who are interested in signing up for the retreat, applications are outside the Campus Ministry office (ACC 460) and outside the mailroom. The cost is $30 or $25 and five Duhawk dollars. Applications are due by March 13, and it is a first come, first serve basis. For any Duhawks who have gone on Antioch and would like another experience, the Beyond Antioch retreat will take place on the same weekend, and forms will be available soon.

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