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What’s the Draw to the Mysterious Kairos Retreat? 

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Marist Seniors boys on Kairos retreat with Father Tom Hurley  

Marist takes part in the Catholic retreat, Kairos, every year. Seniors have the opportunity to be a part of this three-and-a-half day retreat in small groups of boys or girls away from Marist. This retreat is designed to provide a safe space for people to open up to those around them, listen, and relate to each other. That is the extent of the information released about this secretive retreat. 

Kairos is a religious retreat that originated in 1965 and spread nationwide. Its purpose is to deepen personal relationships, strengthen people’s belief in God, and reflect on oneself. This is not for everyone, however. Kairos may be a different experience for each person who participates.

According to Marist.net, “(Kairos) is offered to seniors and gives students three-and-a-half days of talks, discussion, prayer and reflection. Students develop greater trust in themselves and others and build a stronger relationship with God.” 

Senior Olivia Skalitzky said, “It was a special opportunity to learn about myself and others. I had a great experience and I was able to grow closer to God.” 

Although experiences may differ, Kairos is known to have many positive effects on the students who do choose to participate. Except for participants, no one knows what really happens at Kairos due to confidentiality rules. Students keep the whole experience private, so that when new people attend they can see for themselves and experience it on their own.

’20 Alumni Maddie Bouck said, “When I went to Marist there were a lot of mixed opinions on whether Kairos lived up to the hype or not. Some people agreed it didn’t make much of a difference but others swore it changed their lives. Your experience all depends on how you open up and what you make of the situation you’re put in.” 

Kairos is the type of retreat that resonates with people throughout the rest of their lives. It stays with them for many reasons, mainly because of the relationships you make with the people you go to Kairos with. It is also typically a turning point in your relationship with God. Bringing you closer to Him, strengthening your faith, and even deepening the role He plays in your life. 

“During Kairos I was placed into a group of girls I had known of but never had any interactions with prior. Little did I know these girls would be some of my best friends to this day, four years later. I’ve also worked to keep up my faith and truly put my trust in God ever since the retreat,” said Bouck.

Marist offers a total of five opportunities for girls to attend Kairos and boys three throughout the school year. It begins mid October senior and girls may sign up to go on Kairos until early April. For boys, however, their last retreat is March 19. The retreat is completely optional but recommended by past attendees and teachers. 

 

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My name is Faye Bouck and I am a sophomore here at Marist. I play lacrosse for Marist and cheer for Mount Carmel. When I am at home I love to go for walks with my dog and watch One Tree Hill. My favorite thing to do when I am bored is go out with my friends or go to Swallow Cliff!
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