Retreats are about getting away from the stress of "the routine" and coming closer to your spiritual self.  Campus Ministry offers a wide variety of retreats to meet the diverse needs of our student body. Have you had a great experience on a St. Edward's retreat? Want to help create that experience for others?  There are several ways to get involved in retreat ministry:

Peer Minister for Retreats
• Retreat Team Member
• Retreat Logistics Coordinator
• Music Minister for Retreats

Retreat Team Member

Each year teams of sophomores, juniors and seniors are selected to serve on one of three retreats: Freshmen Escape, Emerge Retreat and Mystery of Faith Retreat. Team members report to the peer minister and campus minister for retreats. Retreat team duties/expectations include the following:

• Commit to weekly team meetings for 6 weeks of preparation leading up to the retreat
• Contribute creatively to developing the content of the retreat
• Invite students to attend the weekend
• Lead small group discussions
• Give a talk/reflection or lead a retreat activity
• Have the ability to work well as a team member
• Have some retreat experience
• Assist in evaluation and follow up after retreat

Retreat Logistics Coordinator

The logistics coordinator for retreats handles many of the behind-the-scenes tasks that are necessary to make a retreat run smoothly. She/he reports to the peer minister and campus minister for retreats and the primary duties include:

• Attending all Retreat Team meetings for 6 weeks leading up to each retreat
• Creating lyrics slideshows of all music used on the retreat
• Creating introduction videos as needed
• Gathering all necessary technology including projector, laptop, cables, tripod, camera, video camera, etc.
• Arriving at the retreat site early to set up
• Providing a welcoming and prayerful atmosphere as a key member of the retreat team
• Being in continuous communication with the emcee and music minister to meet the needs of the group and manage adjustments to the schedule
• Coordinating the projection of music lyrics and all other technology as needed
• Taking photos throughout the retreat and creating a photo slideshow to present at the end of the retreat
• Assisting in evaluation and follow up after each retreat

Music Minister for Retreats

The music minister for retreats reports to the peer minister and campus minister for retreats.  Her/his duties include:

• Select music that will be played on the retreat
• Consult with team members giving talks about their song selections
• Provide lyrics for PowerPoint slides
• Compile a playlist and make CDs for retreatants
• Attend all Retreat Team meetings for 6 weeks leading up to each retreat
• Make arrangements for all musical equipment needed on retreat
• Arrive at retreat site early to set up
• Provide a welcoming, energetic and prayerful atmosphere through leading music and prayer
• Be in continuous communication with emcee and technology person, and be prepared to play songs at a moment’s notice
• Assist in evaluation and follow up after each retreat

For more information on any of the leadership opportunities mentioned above, contact Josh Stagni.