“I am always caught off guard by how much the seniors and freshmen – the two bookends of our community here at St Louis Catholic, give to one another…”

Retreats are such a key part of the Christian life. Time away from the chaos of the world and time spent with God our Father is needed and we follow the pattern of Jesus in his evangelization. He always took time to go away, into the solitude, away from the busy-ness of his public ministry. Although the pandemic and hurricane changed much of our school year, we understood the desperate need that our young people still have to be still, to be in His hands.

Our retreat day with our freshmen and seniors was one of joy, surprises, and reconnection. The theme-Identity and Wonder was taken from our four pillars and drove the focus of our day. Mrs. Owen led our students in reflecting on our identity-who we are created for, and wonder -the awe of God’s creation. She reminded us of how as St Paul wrote to the Corinthians, in Chapter 6 verse 13, “The body, however, is not for immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord is for the body;”. Our young Church is constantly in search for an identity, whether it is through academics, sports, or relationships. However, our one true identity is only found in our creator, God.

Praise and worship music was led by our own Coach Luke Pousson and senior Emma Oertling. The testimonies and witness talks given by students, by both freshmen and seniors brought a sense of community and joy to our students and faculty. I am always caught off guard by how much the seniors and freshmen – the two bookends of our community here at St Louis Catholic, give to one another at this retreat. It is in serving that we receive, and this retreat embodied our motto here at St Louis Catholic High School – Honor and Praise God, In All Ways.

– Monica Broussard, Freshmen Theology Teacher & Department Chair