As another year came our way at Benedictine College, so did a fresh new class of freshmen. We were so excited to storm onto campus and meet some new faces!
A week after their arrival, Saint Paul's Outreach Missionaries hosted the annual Benedictine Freshman Retreat, called ALPHA. What an honor it was to be asked to host this retreat for them. To say that ALPHA Retreat was a success is an understatement: more than half of the freshman class attended! Praise the Lord! There were over 300 people in total that night. The night was filled with talks, testimonies, praise and worship, and confession. In only four hours, we saw lives begin to transform and change. There were students there who hadn't gone to confession in years and were able to let down their walls and receive the sacrament of reconciliation.
So often, college students come in with the mindset that college is a place to rebel and be free from all of life's responsibilities. The ALPHA Retreat tries to teach the opposite of that, setting the tone to start the year off on the right foot, which is Christ-centered.
The ALPHA Retreat was also a great opportunity to meet freshmen and begin to get them connected and plugged in to our lives at Saint Paul's Outreach. After the ALPHA Retreat, we had a men's and women's night hosted at the SPO houses. It was incredible to see more than 100 women walking around an SPO Household! They were so excited to have been invited into our homes and lives. The women enjoyed an evening of chocolate tasting and coffee drinking, while the men enjoyed delicious homemade burritos.
All in all, it's safe to say that the Lord is doing some insanely amazing things at Benedictine College. What a blessing that SPO gets to be a part of it.