Clonard Retreat

02 February 2018

St. Benedict's College students attended a Clonard Retreat organised by the R.E. department.

It is important to take time out from our ordinary life to reflect and relax. It is even more important for young people who are at a crossroads in life to have this time away from the stresses and pressures of modern life to hear the Gospel message. A Retreat provides a perfect opportunity to do this as a group.

At the heart of our Retreat programme is the creation of a welcoming, caring and safe environment that encourages participants to explore their faith. A wide range of techniques and activities are used to provide an enjoyable and stimulating experience. These include large group activities and games, small discussion groups, role play, music, drama and Para-Liturgies.

Each of the activities is designed to encourage the participation of all students and to raise their self-esteem. The views and creativity of young people are valued and celebrated. Teamwork, Leadership and communication skills are also developed.

Every young person is included and valued as their character, experiences, personal strengths, gifts and talents add life to the Retreat. We explore a range of relevant life issues in an age appropriate manner such as social responsibility, transition, relationships and spirituality.

Over the last number of years we have also developed a programme for Primary 7 pupils to reflect on the meaning of the Sacrament of Confirmation in preparation for the transition to post-primary school. This has proven to be a very successful and in-demand programme.