Retreats look a bit different this year

In-person retreats made possible during this unique year filled with remote learning, canceled events, masks, & distancing


While adjustments needed to be made, COVID-19 did not spoil the long-standing tradition of the John Carroll retreats.
Campus Minister Zac Ufnar commented, “This year we’ve had to rethink all of our retreats. Each one has looked a little different in order to maintain proper distancing and safety requirements.”
Last fall, the freshmen had an in-person retreat on campus while the juniors had theirs earlier this month. In both cases, students could select one of two different days to attend.
One major change this year was that the retreats were optional — including the senior retreat.
Over half of the class attended the senior retreat on Thursday, March 25 at Sandy Cove Ministries. While in the past the retreat was an overnight, seniors were treated to a day-long event filled with reflection, games, and class bonding.
“I was thankful to have the day-long retreat in person because it was a nice time for our class to come together and bond,” said senior Sarah Nelson.
Senior Angelina Giglio-Tos said, “I thought it was nice that we were able to have an in-person retreat, even if it was only a day long.”
During the this retreat, students heard video presentations from both Religion Teacher Meghan Doyle and Senior Project Coordinator Louise Gezcy. After presentations, students had time for reflection and discussion.
A lot of recreational time was built into the day with volleyball, basketball, mini-golf, and a climbing wall. Students also enjoyed time making s’mores at a bonfire.
Senior John Griffin said, “I was very happy that we got to do this retreat and that it was such an enjoyable experience, and I hope that the next senior class is able to enjoy it as much as our class did.”
Looking toward any changes in future retreats, Mr. Ufnar said that it will depend on the conditions at that time. “I will continue to meet with the administration to assess how we can safely conduct retreats.”