Retreat Director Crista Anders said watching a 14-year-old freshman start in the program and grow into a mature 18-year-old leader is a “humbling and inspiring” experience. “Wanting to give back as leaders,” she said, “is building on the legacy given to them by those who have gone before.”
Imagine this ... A group of Gibbons students and educators spending one to three nights away from the bustle of daily life to slow down, reflect, and grow closer in their journey with God through conversations, play, prayer, and time with one another. Whether they are freshmen or seniors, it is also a time for them to develop new relationships, connect as a community, and share their faith experiences.
That's the retreat program at Cardinal Gibbons, which offers an optional overnight spiritual retreat to students in each grade. "As students grow through the entire retreat program, they are strengthened by their four unique experiences," said Retreat Director Crista Anders. "Our hope is that as seniors our retreat goers want to give back as retreat leaders."
That's exactly the case with senior Meredith McElroy '18, (pictured above center) who has attended all four Gibbons retreats. She attended her second senior Kairos retreat this weekend, this time as a retreat leader. She said retreats are among her favorite experiences at Gibbons. "All four retreats are different, but truly incorporate our mission of faith, service and leadership," she said, adding that they have been a "time to reflect, spend time with God, and strengthen my relationship with Him."
Reflecting on her role as a retreat leader Meredith said: "it is exciting to be able to give back to a program that has given so much to me." As a leader, she said she hoped the retreatants, "felt the love of Christ this weekend."
Ms. Anders said watching a 14-year-old freshman start in the program and grow into a mature 18-year-old leader is a "humbling and inspiring" experience. "Wanting to give back as leaders," she said, "is building on the legacy given to them by those who have gone before."