Point Catholic Retreat Encourages Discernment

Point Catholic University students were invited to come and bask in the warmth of God’s love at an annual Busy Student Retreat. Beginning on Sunday, nine  Spiritual Directors were welcomed by Holy Spirit Parish Pastor Father Steve Brice and Campus Minister Zach Laughlin at the Newman Center.

Students had the opportunity to meet with Sister Michaela Hedican, St. Benedict’s Monastery, St. Joseph, MN; Father Dennis Lynch, Diocese of La Crosse, Brother Patrick McCabe, Congregation of Alexian Brothers, Chicago, IL; Sister Marla Lang, Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration; Patricia Pintens, Marywood Franciscan Spirituality Center, Arbor Vitae, WI; Sister Stephanie Spandl, School Sisters of Notre Dame, Sister Sandy Setterlund, Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis, and Sister Julie Ann Sheahan, Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity, at a time that fits their class schedule, once each day through Thursday.

Many students have found the courage and strength to embrace God’s call for their lives during such retreats. Thoughtful discernment is encouraged. Here’s a sample of the retreat booklet reflections that Campus Minister Zach Laughlin shared.

“It doesn’t take much for us to get overwhelmed with anxiety. Jesus is always reaching out towards us, surfing over the top of trivial things that we worry about, but we just get caught up in the waves of life. School work. Temptations. Longing to fit in. Finding a job. Feeling comfortable in our own skin. These things are real, very real. But, so often, we miss what is right in front of us Jesus is right there with us in the thick of things.

Anxiety is a darkness that we have to bring towards the light. There’s a saying in Twelve Step groups that we should never try to reason with the six inches between our ears for too long (our own mind)! A little harsh, but that’s actuall pretty sound advice! We need to bring our worries out in the light, through friendship, community and prayer. Left to our own defenses, we lose to anxiety every time.”


Franciscan Sister on Point Catholic Busy Student Retreat Team

Invited for the recent Point Catholic Busy Student Retreat, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity Sister Julie Ann Sheahan served on the team of directors ministering to 60 students who committed themselves to the week. Campus Minister Wendy Mitch and Father Tom Lindner planned and organized the retreat with the theme ‘Get Centered’.

Students committed themselves to the following things:

  • Set aside time each day for four days to pray on your own.
  • Meet with spiritual director for a half hour each day for four days.
  • Dinner will be served every night. Join as your schedule allows.
  • Join retreat participants for praise and preaching each night. And if your schedule allows, gather for Mass each day.

Knowing students have just begun to learn the ways in which God is part of their daily lives, retreatants also received helps for what to do after the retreat on how to develop patterns of personal prayer so their relationship with God can continue to grow. This included reading the Scripture readings used at daily Mass and St. Ignatius’ examen.

Other Retreat directors included: Father Frank Corradi, Father Dennis Lynch, Alexian Brother Patrick McCabe, Marge McCardle, Father Billy Dodge, Sister Stephanie Spandl, SSND, Pat Pintens and Sister Sandy Setterland, SSJ-TOSF.