“I think it has the power to be the most transformational thing they experience at Carroll, says Julie DeMareo, Assistant Campus Minister at Carroll. “The way the retreat is designed really allows students to be vulnerable and open about their struggles and to experience healing.”
This year, one of the most powerful components of the retreat was the witness talks led by student leaders and adults. Speakers focused on a particular theme (i.e., forgiveness, ideals and values, obstacles to God’s friendship, holiness) and spoke frankly about their lives and their relationship with God through their triumphs and struggles. It set the tone for the retreat and inspired all participants to look within to search for God in their lives.
Kairos retreats are hosted by Catholic schools across the country. This was the seventh Kairos retreat hosted by Archbishop Carroll. Each year, juniors and seniors can sign up to attend. Every Kairos retreat is different, but certain elements remain the same. It is a powerful experience, open to students of any faith who want to explore God in deeply personal ways.