The annual Kairos Retreat started on Monday, September 19th in St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth and concluded on Thursday 22nd in the Boys’ Chapel in Clongowes. This is the 18th year of the Kairos model, which originally took place in Clongowes during the first school break, but for the past six years has chosen St. Patrick’s College as its venue.
Thirty-nine Poetry students and nine Rhetoric leaders are engaged in this worthwhile experience of Christian community, with a series of talks delivered by the Rhetoric students and adults. Prayer and the sacraments are an essential part, as are as the retreatants’ involvement in discussions and various exercises.
The retreat is a three and a half day programme, which offers a challenge to continue it for as long as one possibly can. It assumes a follow-up programme (Fourth Day), which strives to keep it alive indefinitely, as well as provide a supportive community for the retreatants. The remaining Poetry boys will make their retreat in four weeks time, commencing on Tuesday 20th October and concluding on Friday 24th, as the school breaks for Mid Term.
The purpose of the Kairos Retreat is to allow the students to see the value of their Christian faith as lived and experienced in a community; they can more easily look within themselves to find their true worth as a people; to reflect on their relationships with others and ultimately with God.
We pray that the retreatants will see the value of their faith lived out through community, with the support of the team, their peers and the adults on board and that they will be able to fulfill their mission on this earth to the best of their ability.
Ms Mary Maume