Solemn silence encourages students to pray, reflect

Published: February 25, 2016

                                                                                                                		                  							                                                                                                                                                                                                            SUBMITTED PHOTOS: AMY HOEGEN FOR THE AQUINAS BOTTOM LEFT: JUNIOR JESSICA HESCHLE uses the silence as an opportunity to write in her journal. BOTTOM RIGHT: Seniors Grace Scarpello, Ellie Dara, and Gabe Frabasile. junior Jessica Heschle and Rev. Richard Malloy, S.J., stand in front of the lake. TOP: Junior Tommy Ferrari looks onto Chapman Lake.

SUBMITTED PHOTOS / AMY HOEGEN FOR THE AQUINAS / BOTTOM LEFT: JUNIOR JESSICA HESCHLE uses the silence as an opportunity to write in her journal. BOTTOM RIGHT: Seniors Grace Scarpello, Ellie Dara, and Gabe Frabasile. junior Jessica Heschle and Rev. Richard Malloy, S.J., stand in front of the lake. TOP: Junior Tommy Ferrari looks onto Chapman Lake.

MEGHAN KERR
Faith Contributer

Last weekend, Campus Ministries hosted another incredible retreat at Chapman Lake. This was a two-day silent retreat led by Amy Hoegen and Reverend Richard Malloy, S.J.

“Silent” and “retreat” put together might sound a little intimidating at first, but senior neuroscience and philosophy major Eric Cross participated this weekend and had a great time.

Participants started their silent period Friday night and continued until Saturday afternoon.

They took 45 minutes a day to talk with their spiritual directors, but anything outside of prayer was silent and reflective.
Cross has been on many retreats throughout his four years here at The University, but he highly recommends this unique one to everyone.

“It’s a really peaceful and prayerful experience,” Cross said.

Cross particularly encourages seniors to take time out for introspection and reflection.

“Being in senior year, everything is sort of hectic,” Cross said. “It was a great opportunity to reflect on my past four years and recognize how my faith has changed and grown so much. It was a lot of good personal reflection.”

Peace is the first thing that came to mind when Cross was asked what he took away from the weekend.

There was no cell phone usage allowed and not a lot of talking so he was fully disconnected and was able to clear his mind.
He feels at peace with himself in all directions following the experience – even the future.

This silent retreat happens twice a year, in the winter and the spring.

Students can sign up and receive more information from the Campus Ministries Office located on 2nd Floor Denaples.

Contact the writer: meghan.kerr@scranton.edu

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