For the weekend of February 21-23, Harvard Undergraduate Students were invited to attend the Spring retreat with Harvard Graduate Sr. Ann Kateri, CFR, as they prayed and reflected on the theme of "Radical Joy: Gods Great Desire for You."  The students returned to the Franciscan Guest House in Kennebunkport, ME (the same location of the Fall 2019 retreat).


The FOCUS missionaries were also pivotal in helping to run our Undergraduate Winter retreat this past February.  The weekend retreat took place at the Franciscan Guest House in Kennebunkport, Maine and had Harvard graduate Sr. Ann Káteri ’99 as its Spiritual Director.   Due to their ability to form relational bonds of friendship centered in Christ and guidance for the Catholic Student Association leaders, we saw the largest turnout for an off-campus retreat that anyone can remember with 35 attendees!


"Life as a Harvard student can become quite busy. The CSA’s spring retreat presented the wonderful opportunity to retreat to the stillness of Christ in Kennebunkport, Maine. Sr. Ann Kateri centered the retreat around radical joy: the love of Christ in us, radiating outward. In Kennebunkport, the stillness of God in group reflection, prayer, and the Eucharist allowed me to recognize how Christ’s love is suffused throughout me. Gratitude followed. In this spirit of stillness and gratitude, I could experience radical joy in Maine and bring this joy back to Harvard."  -  TJ Dulac (Class of '22)



"It was a special grace for me personally to be able to lead the CSA’s Spring Retreat. We reflected on Radical Joy as a gift of the life of God within us, radiating out of us. I was edified by the depth and sincerity of the students who were eager to examine where sin and ego were stealing joy in their own lives. There is a beautiful and authentic Catholic community that exists among them, being nurtured in no small part by the dynamic FOCUS missionaries and the dedication of Fr. Patrick. As we find ourselves now in these uncertain times, living from the place of Radical Joy is even more challenging, and I am called on by our weekend together to strive to be faithful to surrendering to God’s will and finding my Joy in Him."  -  Sr. Ann Kateri, CFR (class of '99)