Northeastern Students' Faiths Reignited on SPO's "Fan into Flame" Retreat


It wasn’t your normal weekend away for 100 college students and missionaries from Seton Hall University. These young men and women packed their bags and headed to Pittstown, NJ for what one student admitted she thought was “a weekend in the woods… for Jesus.” It turned out to be much more than that.

On SPO’s annual Fan Into Flame retreat, missionaries and student leaders welcomed students from Seton Hall University and other campuses into a vibrant and attractive faith experience. Some students encountered God and His love for them for the first time, and others rediscovered their Catholic faith for the first time in a long time.

The weekend consisted of talks and testimonies given by students and missionaries, powerful times of worship, prayer in small groups, and recreation to socialize and build community.

The Holy Spirit showed up in a powerful way. The main focus of the talks prepared students to pray with each other on Saturday night for a renewal of the Holy Spirit in our lives and a reawakening of their faith.

Fan into Flame was an incredibly impactful weekend for so many. God showed up and worked powerfully as He has promised. Take it from our students:

I’m not a Catholic and despite that fact, that Baptism in the Holy Spirit was a mind blowing experience. It was like I was in another world, like I wasn’t on earth anymore. It was very recently that I regained my faith, for years I questioned the existence of God since I was 15. But since going to SEEK (a FOCUS conference) I started regaining my relationship with God. While I was doing that, in that experience, I’ve never felt so much peace in my life. Because of that experience, I won’t be surprised if I end up becoming Catholic.
— Student at Seton Hall University
During worship yesterday, after the talk we heard on how to worship, I really clearly heard God say ‘I miss you’. I have been going through a period of feeling very distant, disconnected and cut off and not a good period of personal prayer. So to hear Jesus say over and over again ‘I miss you’ was just amazing because it made me feel desired and sought after.
— Student at Kean University
2 years ago during my senior year of High School, my parents divorced and I was sexually assaulted by my boyfriend at the time. Last night I asked for healing from my small group but what I didn’t ask for was a home. That was something I was really looking for more than healing. When my small group was praying for me, my leader said ‘Jesus is here, and Jesus wants to bring you home.’ And I lost it because that was the one thing that I wanted. I just want to say thank you to everyone for helping me see that God is my home, and He is with me and He is the consistent being of my life.
— Student at Seton Hall