Last weekend (Oct.13th-14th) a small group of Liberal Arts students attended a retreat organized by the college and Duquesne’s Spiritan Campus Ministry. It took place at the Spiritan Retreat Center in Bethel Park PA, just outside Pittsburgh. The retreat occurs annually, and we call it “Pursuing Purpose.” I have attended it twice now, and both times were certainly worth the trip.
The retreat offers an enjoyable twenty-four hours to relax and take time exclusively devoted to meditating on professional and private vocation. That being said, the company of your fellow students and the late-night bowling on Friday night add a dimension of fun to the weekend as well. Thanks to a talk from the college’s Dean, Dr. Swindal, on Friday night and two group discussions on Saturday morning, the 15 or so students in attendance had time to leisurely reflect on the crucial issues such as leadership, spirituality, the nature of vocation, and anxiety about the future (and various combinations of these). Because of the busy lifestyle many of us lead, we warmly welcomed the time to consider topics not always explicitly addressed in classrooms.
We wish to thank once more the Spiritan Retreat Center – their rural property was both gorgeous and a comforting change of pace from the city life. We would also like to thank the organizers of the event working for the college and SCM, and a special shout-out must be given to Bill (whose blogposts you’ve probably seen) for bringing his girlfriend’s world-class s’mores cookies 😉 If the Pursuing Purpose retreat is something you’d be interested in at some point (it is open to all Liberal Arts students), please contact Giovan Cuchapin (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Bill Klewien (Kleweinw@duq.edu) !