By Annamarie Lovre

The fall 2017 semester at Duquesne University of the Holy Spirit was occupied not only with studying,  but filled with plans for creating a new retreat called Spirit Alive to be held over the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend.

This retreat through Spiritan Campus Ministry at Duquesne was designed to help students deepen their faith, the theme being “Our Dreams, God’s Plan.” The weekend was filled with inspirational talks, spiritual music, adoration, reconciliation, a teaching Mass where students could ask questions to deepen their understanding of the Mass, and so much more.

Some of the main discussion topics were how to live as a Christian in daily actions, how to discern a vocation, prayer life, and how to overcome insecurities to live life to the fullest.

I was blessed with the opportunity to help design elements of the retreat, deliver a talk to the retreatants on the values of a Christian life, and help lead small group discussions. As a busy student, it can be difficult to have undistracted time with God, so this retreat provided an opportunity for a focused time of reflection. I was able to grow in my understanding of knowing God’s plan for my life and how to see His actions in everyday situations.

The highlights of leading this retreat were seeing growth in the retreatants and other student leaders and witnessing the new bonds and friendships that were formed.

Annamarie Lovre is a graduate of St. Alphonsus School. Over the years she has been active in our Youth Ministry, participated in Mission Trips, and played keyboards for Masses and a Faith on Fire event. At Duquesne, she is studying to become a physician assistant.