2017 XBSS Student Retreat
Every year for the last 21 years students from each of the 13 XBSS Schools have gathered for a leadership retreat centered around distinctly Xaverian expressions of spirituality, solidarity, service, and love of God. This year the 91 students heard presentations from Deacon Greg Thompson, Stephen Ruemenapp, the Assistant Principal for Mission and Identity at St. John’s Prep, and from XBSS alumni and current teachers Michael Driscoll, Chad Puclowski, Michael Foley, and Kevin Abdo. Thirteen senior leaders gave short personal reflections on themes of simplicity, trust, zeal, humility, compassion, service, leadership, and conversion.
Perhaps more significant than any single presentation was the work of listening and sharing that the students did in their small groups. Each small group was made up of one student from each of our Sponsored Schools. And the students were able to relate to one another about their common adolescent experiences, as well as open up to each other about the unique and personal graces and struggles they face as young people.
The five day retreat ended with a day of service with some local organizations in West Hartford, Connecticut. The students returned to their schools with a sense of purpose, fellowship, and hope.
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Pictured: Stephen Ruemenapp led students in a Global Village simulation to illumine the deleterious effects of western consumption on the global poor.
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