An Antioch witness

What is Antioch? There’s a lot of buzz about it within the Spiritual Life community. But answers always seem vague about what really goes down on that magical weekend. The fact of the matter is, you have to experience Antioch to really know what it’s like. Like a typical retreat, there are talks, discussions, and prayer, but I don’t want to ruin the best parts. Antioch also comes with time to relax from a busy college life, in an amazing community with an overwhelming feeling of acceptance — and Debbie’s extraordinary scotcharoos! Antioch welcomes everyone, no matter their faith background.

Personally, Antioch was my first ever retreat. Coming from a small parish, we didn’t have youth groups or anything that made faith “fun.” Antioch was a great experience; it showed me what faith has done for others, and inspired me to continue exploring my own faith. And Antioch was fun! It posed questions that made me think, and gave me time to sit back and reflect on decisions that I’ve made in my life. No matter where one is in life, using some peaceful time to step back and reflect is necessary for growth.  More importantly, Antioch wasn’t just a weekend experience: I still reflect back to the weekend and remember the wise words of the Antioch community.

This semester, Antioch will begin the evening of Friday, Nov. 9 and will run until midday on Sunday, Nov. 11. There are pamphlets with signup sheets located outside the café/pub area and outside the Spiritual Life Office. Please be sure to sign up by Wednesday, Oct. 31. There is a $30 registration fee to help cover housing and food for the weekend. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Blake Derby at or Allegra Johnson at! We look forward to seeing you!

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