Reflections on the Diocesan Youth Retreat

Reflections on the Diocesan Youth Retreat

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Cian Keeney ’19

Can one week in Lake Tahoe surrounded by fellow Catholic high schoolers deepen your faith? The Diocesan Youth Retreat (DYR) is an annual event held in Zephyr Point, Lake Tahoe for high schoolers. It is organized by a team from the Diocese of San José Diocese Office of Youth and Young Adults. It includes youth group leaders from various parishes across the diocese.

This year, the retreat took place June 11-15. The chaplain for the event is Father Brendan McGuire from Holy Spirit Parish, who is passionate on sharing the good news to teenagers and young adults. A big part of the retreat is connecting with others, which is done in small groups of around 8-12 people.

For Katherine Meagor, her small group experiences “added to the amazing experience with their own testimonies and personal stories” which “deepened [her] love for those around [her] and understood how God calls us to get to know others so that we can truly see Him.”

While creating relationships with others, the seclusion and beauty of Lake Tahoe never ceases to amaze retreatants. The beauty of the lake strikes the camper and reveals God’s creation in a new way. Isabel Hernandez, a servant leader, said that she has “had some of my closest encounters with God while on these retreats.”

Among the many exciting activities that take place, jumping in the lake, messy games, and sunrise and sunset masses are popular highlights that occur. As the theme of the retreat changes each year, participants are always in for a new treat. If they are open to letting the Lord into their life, DYR can truly help youth deepen their faith.

For more information regarding Youth Ministry please visit
www.dsj.org/youth.