Leaders committed to change


Sam Mayo '17 | Plank

SRT LEader Tom McClain ’17 playing frisbee with retreatants at lunch during a Junior Retreat at Christ the King Retreat Center.

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Students at Jesuit High School have many opportunities to lead and grow in spirit. Some students have found their calling to lead by joining Jesuit’s Senior Retreat Team (SRT), one of the reasons why Jesuit has become more than a school to countless students.

The SRT takes on roles at Jesuit that are essential to developing a brotherhood, such as leading prayers and small group discussions on retreats for Sophomores and Juniors.

“We’ve been preparing for several retreats since summer,” said SRT Leader Jake Vassar ‘17. “We [have been] excited to lead the retreat[s] and get the most out of the Sophomores and Juniors.”

Many leaders decided to join the SRT because they want the retreatants to better connect with who they are.

“We hope to connect with the retreatants in a way that you can’t on a normal day at school,” said SRT Leader Elijah Berry ‘17. “We also hope to help them look deeper into themselves.”

One reason why Jesuit’s retreats are fondly remembered and impactful for so many students and alumni is because of the work of the SRT.

“Our hope is for the Sophomores and Juniors to have a meaningful experience while on retreat,” said SRT Patrick O’Connor ‘17. “With work we put in and out of the retreat, we hope that they can become closer with their classmates and spiritually.”

The SRT has had such an impact on Jesuit’s retreat program and should be credited for all its hard work. The Jesuit brotherhood is largely influenced by the young men on SRT because of their devotion to helping students spiritually.