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By Elise Garvey '18, Student Columnist
Sacred Heart seniors spent September 18-19 participating in their final retreat as a class. Retreat, a spiritual tradition at Sacred Heart, is spent at a location away from school during each year of Upper School and provides an opportunity for students to reflect, bond, and pray in a setting free from outside distractions or school commitments, including cell phones. For the Class of 2018, senior retreat centered around the theme of life, giving seniors a chance to spiritually and mentally step back and examine their own lives as they prepare for the transition from high school to college.
Upon arrival at Lumen Christi Retreat Center in Schriever, LA, the seniors gathered together as a community for games and prayer. Students were later divided into small groups to complete discussions about vocations and beliefs and to work on reflective art projects to share with their peers. After hearing personal stories from two of the teachers in attendance, students assembled to participate in a moment of togetherness and were gifted with letters written by themselves to their future selves from years past—eighth, ninth, tenth, and eleventh grade—as well as surprised by letters from their parents. This emotional activity inspired seniors to write letters to their college-age selves, to be mailed by the school after graduation in the spring.
After a successful retreat, students returned to school with a sense of unity and in high spirits. "Senior retreat was a great experience," senior Sophie Liberto shared. "I feel like I grew closer to God, myself, and others."
This retreat, though the last for the Class of 2018, bonded the grade in a way that they will surely continue to feel, both during their final school year together and even after their years at Sacred Heart are over.