HOLY FAMILY HIGH SCHOOL, PESTOM SAGAR - CHEMBUR: STD X RETREAT
July 8, 2012: The AVEC Team today held a one day Retreat at holy Family High School, Chembur, for the students of standard Ten. In all, a hundred and twenty six students participated in this unique retreat experience that turned out to be a life changing experience for many. Fr. Francis Carvalho, Manager of the school was also present to welcome Fr. Glenford Lowe and Mr. Rochwyn Fernandes. Mrs. Nirmala Fernandes, Principal of the school, welcomed the two guest speakers and invited the students to make the best of this experience.
Mr. Fernandes, AVEC coordinator, began the program with a Prayer Song that spoke of God's presence everywhere. He then initiated the students into a fantasy meditation that enabled the students to relax and become more focused. He took the opportunity to introduce Fr. Glenn to the students. Fr. Lowe began his session by helping the students to know what is a 'Retreat' and its importance in a person's life. "You need to regularly take a step back at look at life from a distance to appreciate it and move on with greater passion and excellence", he said.
The students then took the time to focus on their journey of life using the metaphor of a RIVER. Taking the students through a personal journey along the fourteen stages of a River flow, every student spent a reflective moment to be grateful to God for each blessing at this particular stage, and also to seek pardon and forgiveness for any wrong doing along this moment. One could notice the sincerity with which the students attuned themselves to personal reflection and silence. "It was a journey worth making," said one of the students.
The following remarks were entered in the AVEC log book of appreciation:
"It was a very informative and reflective retreat. indeed, it helped us change our lives. hoping to have some more retreats like this in the future too." - Royston Sequeira X-B
"I learnt a lot about the new methods to lead a life and take up problems with gratitude" - Anubhav Tripathi X - B
On behalf of AVEC, we wish to congratulate the students for their whole hearted cooperation and participation in today's Retreat. Truly, the students proved to be real 'LIGHT HOUSE' students.
God bless your efforts to live a passionate and meaningful life.