Registration is now open for the annual JPCatholic Winter Revive Retreat, taking place January 25th to the 27th. The retreat will cost $45 and is open to all JPCatholic students.
The retreat will be led by Austin Schneider, the campus minister, and Father Eleuterio, the university chaplain, in cooperation with SOUL Campus Apostolate. Schneider explains that unique from previous years, there will be “a big emphasis on sacred art and using that art as a way of meditating on the gospel”. The weekend will include various different forms of prayer and meditation. There will also be opportunities for the sacraments, including reconciliation and Eucharist, as Fr. Eleuterio will be present for its entirety.
The $45 price of the retreat helps to cover the cost of the retreat facility as well as provides retreatants with a bed to stay in, four meals, and a rich spiritual experience. A carpool will also be organized in order to provide transportation to the facility. The facility itself is located in Julian, CA at Whispering Winds Catholic Camp and Conference Center. It is the same retreat facility that was used for last year’s Winter Revive Retreat. Schneider explains that he doesn’t want the cost to be a hindrance, so “if a student wants to come and they’re not sure they can afford it, they should come talk to me.”
Although one can and should pray and meditate individually, said Schneider, “to do it in the context of a loving caring community with everyone praying for each other, that’s just something you can’t get really outside the retreat experience.” Anthony Bravo, a student and member of SOUL, explains that the retreat is a good opportunity for students new and old to “grow deeper in [their] relationship with Christ.”
Interested students can register at the link located below or on the student life Facebook page. Deadline is Sunday, January 20th. For any additional information, contact Austin Schneider or visit him at his office upstairs in the Student Life Building.