The Dunrovin Retreat Team hit the road earlier this month. We are always looking for ways to grow and build our leadership training, and Jerome Meeds, our fearless leader, had coordinated a visit out to Eastern Wisconsin to visit Mount Tabor Center. The Wisconsin retreat center was started by Br. Richard Roller, FSC, who eventually moved to work on staff at Dunrovin. Mount Tabor hosts SPIRITUS, a team of young adults who serve youth through retreats in the Wisconsin area. Currently, there are 15 young adults serving with SPIRITUS, conducting 150 retreats for 6,000+ young adults.
After an early morning departure, we arrived around noon to a home-cooked meal of chicken noodle soup – perfect after a cold morning road trip. We were able to sit down with most of their team and discuss the mission and vision of our two programs. It was great to hear more about their love for ministry, and their desire to share their love of Christ with young people. In turn, we shared the focuses of our retreats, and the success we’ve had in training young adults to become leaders. Alexa, Brian, Christen, and Zach, SPIRITUS team members, gave us a taste of their retreat, demonstrating a session for us. A few things stuck out to me about their program. It was engaging, interactive, and personal. Their team building and skits were so rich with symbolism, and pointed me to Christ.
That evening, we joined them for their young adult formation night, Cor Jesu. Fr. Matthew Dougherty gave a talk about the Immaculate Conception of Mary, and then we had an hour of adoration.
We stayed the evening at the Mount Tabor Center, and then departed for Minnesota the next morning. It was a gift to be able to see the fruits of the Holy Spirit, and to see the richness of life in SPIRITUS. Moving forward, we are looking at including more symbolism in our retreats.
Thank you, SPIRITUS and the rest of the Mount Tabor Center staff, for welcoming us and sharing the day with us!
-Zach Richards, DLT Team Leader