"Fear not, for I am with you, be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand" (Isaiah 41:10). This was our second year of "Fearless February," a month where we teach our students to be fearless in all of their relationships. As we began the most beautiful season of Lent early on in the month, we were able to more deeply enter into this time of growing in courage. Some of the highlights of the month include: a discussion on dating at the Circle; a group viewing of "The Third Way," a 40 minute documentary that details the Church's position on homosexuality; Catholic Movies nights; A night of Recollection on Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy; Social Justice Week; an incredible Women's Retreat; and our LARGEST Ash Wednesday attendance YET!
This was the first year we had Social Justice Week. During the first full week of Lent, we focused on different aspects of Social Justice. We advocated for life on campus, spent time in service, and learned more about what we actually mean by "Social Justice." Brittany Betik and Caitlin Newman, both sophomores, worked incredibly hard to make this event possible. We look forward to developing this week more in the years to come!
We held our third annual Women's Retreat during the last weekend of February, and it was definitely the best on yet! We went out to ZipInn, a beautiful house located on 7 acres of land just outside of Nacogdoches. Students Esme Garcia (sophomore) and Holly Chapnick (senior) organized a retreat based on the Spirituality of St. Teresa of Avila, and the women were better able to understand who they are as women of God based on this theme.
As a whole, it was an incredibly encouraging month to be a part of the St. Mary's community. Watching our students take new risks in their relationships with God and their peers is always something that makes this ministry such a joy. Please continue to pray that our students learn what it means to be fearless disciples of Christ!