Bea Castillo-Sahagun '21 and Luke Walker '22 shared witness during the virtual retreat in October

The Harvard Catholic Center undergrads and the CSA held its first ever virtual retreat on Saturday, October 17 lead by our very own alumna Sister Mary Margaret Hope, AM ’10, SV.  Sister Hope joined the students from her convent in Yonkers, NY.  There was also an in-person component to the retreat for those students who are on campus. 

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The theme Sister Hope shared with the students was, “My peace I give you: Receiving the communion of Divine life.”  She reflected on Chapter 14 of John’s Gospel and invited students to contemplate more deeply on the unique peace Jesus Christ gives each of us.












The retreat consisted of two 90-minute sessions that included breakout groups as well as a personal witness by a student in each session.  Prior to the start of the retreat, Fr. Patrick Fiorillo, undergraduate chaplain, celebrated Mass at St. Paul’s for those students who were on campus.  A total of 35 students participated including 18 freshmen.  Father said, “The freshmen and upperclassmen, were truly looking forward to meeting new people and connecting with friends.  We had students joining us from as far away as Los Angeles, California and South Africa.” 

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Bea Castillo-Sahagun '21

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“Sister Hope’s message of grounding our lives in Christ amidst the storms was very timely for these students,” said Father Patrick.  “Sister emphasized that growing in awareness of our own identities as children of God and the indwelling of the Holy Trinity in our hearts is the foundation of our spiritual lives."

Father Patrick will begin working with the CSA early next year to plan a spring retreat, but he wouldn’t

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know for sure how the retreat would look with the uncertainty of the pandemic and any decisions. Harvard might make regarding students on campus.“I was really impressed with how the students planned this first ever virtual retreat.  God-willing we’ll be back in person for our Spring retreat,” said Father Patrick. 

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Sister Mary Margaret Hope, AM ’10, SV