Thursday, November 1st and Friday, November 2nd marked two important days in the lives of Immaculate Heart’s Class of 2019. The senior retreat was held at the Saint John Paul II Retreat Center in Kearny, NJ. The retreat was run by Mrs. Shutrop, who directs Campus Ministry and the Christian Service Board.
The theme of the retreat was “Eshet Chayil” meaning “Woman of Valor.” A woman of valor represents the virtues of courage and strength. The IHA community values the bonds of its sisters greatly. Senior year is the busiest, most stressful year of high school with college applications, sports practices and games, and overwhelming workloads. The value of sisterhood is much needed in times like these.
Numerous activities were performed within the two days. Two activities that stood out to the girls were the Thank You notes and the Eucharistic Adoration. For the first activity, each girl was given a chance to write a Thank You note to any other girl in their class and someone who was not in their immediate friend group. The notes included messages as simple as thanking them for helping with an assignment or as gracious as helping them to strengthen their faith. The latter activity involved sitting in the Church while reading letters written by friends and family. Each and every senior shed a tear while reading the letters congratulating them on their accomplishments and reassuring them of their love.
Several faculty members, including Dr. Brennan, Mrs. Fernandez, Mrs. Adamo, Ms. Fitz, and Ms. McNulty, shared their stories of facing women of valor. Their stories truly touched and inspired the girls in knowing that they are not alone in their experiences. The seniors learned that while they may not always be the best versions of themselves, they can and always should strive to be the best they can be. As trivial as a gesture like saying hello to someone in the hallway may seem, it can sincerely brighten someone’s day.
The Class of 2019 is learning to enjoy their last year together as Women of Valor. One senior, Olivia Magno’19, states “It was a great opportunity to spend some time with the senior class as a whole before everyone goes off to college.” The seniors are treasuring this last year they have together and hope to leave a lasting impression on the grades to come!
By: JoAnna Palumbo’19, Arts and Entertainment Editor