Be Not Afraid: ODU Beach Retreat 2014

    Be Not Afraid: ODU Beach Retreat 2014

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    50 students from ODU went on Beach Retreat from September 19th to 21st.

    “Be Not Afraid!”

    These famous words by St. Pope John Paul II was the theme of Beach Retreat this past weekend. Fifty ODU students who participated traveled to Sandbridge, VA for a weekend of prayer and fellowship. Full Members Fr. Mike Kuhn, Jimmy Noone, and John Lilly helped make the weekend a success. New Director Julie LaBelle and student Samantha Glascock also greatly helped organizing the retreat.

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    From left: Samantha Glascock, Fr. Mike, and Jimmy Noone

    There were numerous talks given by students and staff, time for adoration and confession on Saturday night, and a good amount of small group time.

    The students exhibited a strong desire to grow in their faith throughout the weekend. The excitement and passion the students had for each other and for the Lord was tremendous.

    Many students lives were touched on the retreat. Candidate Sean Mazary gave a talk on how we encounter God in our lives. Fr. Mike also gave a great homily at Mass on Saturday night. He talked about how students need to persevere in prayer and never give up! Christ compels us to go deeper with him.

    Josh Goodman also led the group of students in Praise and Worship throughout the weekend. Here’s a video of one of the songs!

    Overall, the weekend was a huge success. Many students said the retreat was the best they have been on since Youth Apostles came to ODU. They had a great sense of community throughout the weekend. The students continue to inspire the revamped staff, and the year promises to be exciting!

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