Vocation Directors Host Busy Students Retreats


Busy Students Retreat participants from Fontbonne University gather in prayer.

By Sarah Baker
Updated 11/14/13

Over the past few weeks, Vocation Directors Sisters Kathleen Eiler and Linda Markway have traveled throughout Missouri, visiting universities and leading students in scripture and prayer through the Busy Students Retreat, an on-campus, guided-prayer retreat made within the daily activities of the lives of the students. They have prayed with students at the Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Avila University, the University of Missouri in Columbia, and Truman University in Kirksville.

“I’m always in awe at the depth of spirituality and desire that the young people participating the BSRs bring to this experience,” says S. Kathleen.

Used on college campuses since 1988, the BSR is a directed retreat in which each participant meets with a director who guides their reading of scripture and personal prayer, as well as committing themselves to at least 30 minutes of prayer a day during the retreat. 

rollabsr“The BSR helped me to dive deeper into my faith and to also see a pathway for extended spiritual growth as I continue my college career,” shares Paul from the Missouri University of Science & Technology in Rolla, Mo., pictured right in corner chair.

Daily optional components are also offered such as prayer services, vocation presentations, prayer style experiences and presentations on topics chosen by the students. Participants pray at whatever times and places work for them and meet with their directors whenever they mutually decide. Retreat directors are recruited from the campus ministry team, neighboring priests and religious (often vocation ministers) and/or other spiritual companions.

“It is a very impressive and awesome experience of sharing with these young people who yearn for a deeper relationship with God, so that they can truly make a difference in the lives of others,” says S. Linda.

For more information about the Busy Students Retreats, contact Sister Kathleen at 314-678-0305 or keiler@csjsl.org or Sister Linda at 314-678-0315 or lmarkway@csjsl.org.

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