By Kayla Daugherty

“I just don’t have time!”

These words are a common excuse to avoid adding another event or commitment to the schedule.

As the Director of Campus Ministry at Madonna, Sister Anita knows everyone is busy and encourages students, faculty and staff to participate in the Busy Person’s Retreat.

“The idea of the Busy Person’s Retreat is that they receive scripture, they take time on their own to consider and pray about it and then meet with their director for a half an hour to share,” said Sr. Anita.

The Busy Person’s Retreat is a four-day activity where individuals meet for 30 minutes per day with a spiritual advisor. Meeting times vary according the participant’s personal schedule.

“I'm doing it this year because it is the retreat that best works with my schedule. I am a busy person,” said Hannah Faber, “so I love how this Busy Person’s Retreat is completely worked around my schedule!”

Faber, a sophomore studying Education at Madonna, went to the retreat last year and has nothing but great things to say about it.

“This can definitely help you grow in your faith, and it is a great thing to take part in during the Lenten season,” said Faber.

Another Madonna student, Liz Martin, thoroughly enjoyed her experience with the Busy Person’s Retreat.

“With the retreat time worked around my own personal schedule I did not have to stress about the retreat, which was awesome and allowed me to completely focus on the retreat,” said Martin, a Nursing major at Madonna. “I met with my assigned retreat leader and we read from the Bible, did reflections on the previous night's reading assignment, and prayed together. I was also able to talk and share with her anything that was on my mind.”

Felician sisters serve as the retreat leaders. This year there will be an apostolate director and other religious from out-of-state helping with the retreat. All Felician colleges offer students and faculty the opportunity to participate in the Busy Person’s Retreat.

Kate Dekoski discovered long-term benefits from the retreat. 

“I met Sr. Janice and gained a friend as well as gaining some peace and learning how much comfort can be found in meditating on and reading scripture,” said Dekoski, who is studying Pastoral Ministry at Madonna.

Though Madonna’s Campus ministry offers numerous retreats such as Kairos, Lenten Retreat and the Winter Retreat, the Busy Person’s Retreat is a top pick for students.

There has been an increase in the number of individuals participating in the retreat. Last year, 35-40 members of the Madonna community were involved, up from the year before with 20-25 participants. This year, Sr. Anita hopes to have even more participants in the retreat co-sponsored by the Felician Sisters and Madonna’s Campus Ministry.

The Busy Person’s retreat is also the most affordable retreat offered at Madonna. At only $5 per person, all students, staff, and faculty have the chance to be a part of this spiritual retreat. Also this retreat also meets the once-a-semester retreat requirement for all Catholic Leadership Award recipients.

A dinner meeting is set for Sunday, March 18twhere retreat leaders will be introduced to participants.

Sign-up is now available online or in-person at the Campus Ministry room (1408).


Busy Person’s Retreat this month