“To know Christ is to know freedom.” That was the theme of the WWU Newman Center’s winter retreat. Typically, this group goes to local parishes for their retreats, but this year their schedule coincided with Lent.
Lucky for us, Emma, the campus director, had come to Casey for a sports camp in her youth and knew it would be an ideal substitute. “Casey exceeded my expectations,” replied Emma, when asked how the retreat was going. She spoke about the previous evening’s and the morning’s events between worship service and breakfast. It was only their first 16 hours at camp, and they had already completed a talk on prayer, held small group breakout sessions to explore what it means to know Christ, held an overnight Eucharistic adoration mass, and enjoyed a morning mass before breakfast. Despite all the scheduled activities, the attendees still had the freedom to visit the Admiralty Head lighthouse, explore the Fort Casey bunkers, and walk on the beach. Some even spent quality time around the firepit after dark.
The group was joined by several nuns from Our Lady Star of the Sea convent in Bremerton. Emma commented that part of their goal for the retreat is to get exposure to different orders within the Catholic family.
As with most retreats, the organizers blocked out ample time in between organized sessions and worship for attendees to explore and socialize. The game room was open for attendees to play ping pong, pool, or foosball. Several people were talking about exploring the nearby Admiralty Inlet Natural Reserve trail. Whether getting outside and enjoying the natural setting or building community around a competitive game indoors, the day ahead seemed to be open to the mission of the Newman Center: “engage in the community and grow in the faith.”
Do you know Christ?