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Senior Retreat

The 2019 Senior Retreat was by all accounts a great success. This was the third year for the annual retreat to be held at the Ponca Bible Camp on the Buffalo River. Over the years the retreats have been haunted by cold rainy weather, but this year’s group enjoyed sunny skies and mild temperatures. The retreat theme centered on the quality of humility as described in Chapter 7 of Benedict’s Rule. Father Patrick Boland, OSB was the celebrant for mass at the camp’s outdoor chapel on Tuesday evening. The setting and his message were truly special. Two additional prayer services led by Deacon Goetz rounded out the specifically spiritual elements of the retreat. The group enjoyed fishing, hiking and a bit of extremely cold swimming and bluff jumping on both days. Rob Pugh seemed to truly enjoy the frigid waters while most only endured the plunge. After the Tuesday evening steak dinner, the guys gathered around the fire for S’mores and guitar picking late into the wee hours. The retreat came to a close with lunch on the Buffalo River with Roark Bluff as a spectacular backdrop. God Bless the 2019 Senior Class.