Ever wonder just what university students hold important? Here’s what the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity Sister Mary Ann Spanjers,OSF, and Sister Julie Ann Sheahan, OSF, eye-witnessed as they facilitated a Busy Persons Retreat at the University of Wisconsin Whitewater’s campus October 11-14, 2009:
- a sizeable community of students gathered at 7:30 a.m. for a half-hour prayer and faith sharing. Some grabbed coffee before or after the session. Others went caffeine free. All enjoyed not only feeding their souls, but standing around to enjoy a continental breakfast (including cold pizza) before taking off to class, returning to studies or jobs.
- another group of students paused at mid-day to focus on God and take part in deeper conversations on the spiritual life while getting bodily fortified for the afternoon.
- yet another band of scholars gathered after an evening meal for all retreatants to also gain knowledge of God and the beauty of the Catholic sacramental life.
- a still later retreat night sharing drew a repeat crowd of students from all three sessions.
Special thanks to Brian Zanin, Catholic Campus Minister at UWW, who organized the details of the days, Father John Puodziunas,OFM, Franciscan Friar of the Assumption Province, who assisted with the Sunday Eucharist and Monday night Sacrament of Reconciliation, as well as Father Michael Ignaszak, pastor of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee’s Tri-Parishes of Sts. Alexander,Helen and John Kanty in Milwaukee and the Cistercian Nuns of Our Lady of the Valley Monastery, Prairie du Sac WI, for their virtual contributions.