Boiler Awakening #4: Summit of Faith
This past weekend the St. Tom’s Boiler Awakening retreat took place at Central Catholic. It was a weekend filled with prayer, worship, small group sharing, and a bunch of crazy retreat shenanigans. We’ve asked Erin Pollock, one of the retreatants on Boiler Awakening #4, to write a brief testimony to the weekends events and feeling as a whole. If you have been on Boiler Awakening we hope this will give you time to reflect, and for those readers who have never gone on Boiler Awakening, we hope this will get you excited about participating in the future!
“This past weekend I attended Boiler Awakening 4, and to be truthful I went into it with a different mindset than most people. Instead of being super excited, like I felt all the other retreatants were, I came into the retreat absolutely dreading it and quite honestly, a little frustrated with it because of all the secrecy. This semester I began the Right of Catholic Initiation for Adults (RCIA), and therefore I am still in the process of getting to know people at St. Tom’s. So on top of dreading the retreat, I was also extremely nervous about coming because I didn’t really know very many people. I found this had me being very closed off to the retreat in the beginning. I had heard so many great things about it though, and eventually figured if I was already there then I may as well get out of it what I could. I was upset I couldn’t loosen up. At some point, I decided to just do my best to enjoy the retreat as much as possible, and I am so happy that I did!!! Once I opened myself up to the retreat, I got so much out of it. I was able to meet some amazing people, be encouraged by others, and really experience the amazing community at St. Tom’s. I have never in my life felt so at home with a group of people I hardly know! It is amazing the transformation I felt over the weekend, and I can’t say enough good things about it. Boiler Awakening has helped me to find a home with the beautiful and wonderful community at St. Tom’s and allowed me to be changed into a better person by the grace of God. The best advice I have is if you have never been on it please GO! It is a wonderful experience that I will NEVER forget. Please do not pass up on this retreat, and most importantly if you go, have an open heart.”
Erin, Boiler Awakening Fanatic