Last weekend the Purdue Catholic Graduate Students held their retreat entitled “We Walk by Faith, Not by Sight.” PCGS president, Alfredo Tuesta, writes for our blog today to share about PCGS and the retreat.
Retreatants Having Some Fun, (you can find Alfredo with the big grin in the middle of the back row!)
Coming to Purdue University after graduating from another school is like stepping onto a college campus for the first time. Like a freshman you are starting all over again, except this time you aren’t quite so concerned about dorm traditions, school spirit, maintaining a high GPA or where the next party is. Instead you have bills to pay, research to conduct, papers to write, conferences to attend, and finding your niche with a brand new group of young adults with whom you share a lab and/or a living-space.
For the most part, this was the case for me and in the process I found the Purdue Catholic Graduate Students at St. Tom’s was an easy-going group of people sharing the same concerns at a similar state in their lives. We practice our faith together and share experiences that help us grow in Christ. This is particularly true in our Lenten Retreat which we have a week or two before Easter at a cabin-like house 20 minutes away from campus. Surrounded by hiking trails and wildlife, it is a perfect opportunity to leave work and research behind to reflect on our relationship with God.
This year’s theme was “We Walk by Faith, Not by Sight” and was inspired by the upcoming Year of Faith. Our talks focused on our Baptismal calling to do Christ’s work on earth, Kenosis and what it means to purify your body and soul, and biblical stories of redemption and how God accepts us even in our lowest points. Together we prayed, cooked, ate, walked the Stations of the Cross, and participated in the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Holy Mass. I am very happy to have attended this retreat for the past three consecutive years. Every year’s retreat is different from the previous year and always has a soothing effect on me as I prepare myself for Easter. This is a retreat I would highly recommend to anyone seeking some time for themselves and for God.
-Alfredo, PCGS president
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