In preparation for the upcoming academic year — freshman orientation begins Friday — Thomas Aquinas College has hosted three retreats in the last two days.
On Monday, Rev. Paul Moreau (’89), a priest of the Archdiocese of Atlanta, returned to his alma mater to conduct a retreat for members of the faculty and administration. The retreat began with a morning Rosary, included two conferences and a Holy Hour, and concluded with Mass in Our Lady of Most Holy Trinity Chapel. The focus of the conference was on the keys to a healthy prayer life.
On Tuesday, Fr. Moreau offered a variation on the same retreat, this one for the spouses of the College’s tutors and administrators. In this way, both those who directly do the work of the College and those who enable their work at home could be refreshed and spiritually reinvigorated for the new year.
Finally, also on Tuesday, a third retreat was held for the College’s 18 prefects, 2 activities directors, and 2 sports directors in the Guadalupe Chapel of the Doheny Hacienda. These are returning students who, in the words of Assistant Dean Steven Cain, “contribute to the common good of the community by helping to keep order through their leadership, example, encouragement, and discipline.”
Leading the retreat was Rev. Jerome Cudden, O.P., a parochial vicar at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Eagle Rock, Calif. Fr. Cudden is quite familiar with the College and its work, having been a seminary classmate of two alumni priests, Rev. John Tom Mellein, O.P. (’99), and Rev. Michael Hurley (’99).
“We think it is important for our prefects and activities directors to prepare for the new academic year with a retreat,” says Mr. Cain. “This is a great opportunity for each of them to reflect on the important role he or she plays in the community and how it will help them all grow in virtue and the love of God. We hope that as these young men and women carry out their duties, they will see them as acts of charity toward their fellow students.”
Posted: August 14, 2012