Get Away and Pray

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Get Away and Pray

Juniors and seniors attended Search in November 2019. Search is one of the four retreats Bishop Kelley has.

Juniors and seniors attended Search in November 2019. Search is one of the four retreats Bishop Kelley has.

Juniors and seniors attended Search in November 2019. Search is one of the four retreats Bishop Kelley has.

Juniors and seniors attended Search in November 2019. Search is one of the four retreats Bishop Kelley has.

Cate Hornak

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Retreats are not only a big part of helping one grow in their faith, but they are also a big part of the culture at school. Retreats began many years ago and remain strong. They are loved by students and bring everyone closer together.

Retreats are open to all grades. The retreats take place all throughout the year out at camps across Oklahoma so one can just get away and get closer to God. The freshman and sophomore retreats, Search and Kairos are the four retreats the school offers. What happens on retreats are kept secret from those who do not attend, but what we do know is the leaders and students love them. 

Sarah Dicks is one of the campus ministers. She attended Search 41 in 2003 when she attended Kelley. Now she helps lead the Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior retreats.  

Students and leaders both love talking about their experience since they can’t say much about the retreats themselves.

“My favorite things are just like praying playing and laughing and a lot of that goes on at retreats,” Dicks said 

Retreats are open to all students and are encouraged no matter your spiritual beliefs. 

“Well I think regardless of your spiritual beliefs or religious beliefs, I think that it’s always good to take a step back. We live in a really hectic and busy and anxious place and so too take a moment and like breathe fresh air and spend some time in nature,”  Dicks said.

Ella Stieferman (10) is one of the many students who attend retreats. She attended both the Freshman and Sophomore retreats.  She loved a weekend away with friends to grow closer to God.

“It was really fun and I loved getting to be closer with all of my friends,” Stieferman said.

Zach Wagner (10) also attended both the freshman and sophomore retreats. He also had a good experience getting away on the retreats. 

“I thought it was a great time and brought me closer to God,” Wagner said 

Some of the retreats are peer led. This means upperclassman, juniors and seniors, lead the younger grades, and when they are older, they may lead their own grade. Upperclassman can choose to be a leader to their peers. Griffin Been (11) attends retreats and got to experience being a leader on the recent sophomore boys retreat.  As a leader you have to write a talk to share with those attending the retreats and help them open up and talk to God. 

“A lot of them weren’t really comfortable talking about that stuff so I feel like that was the best part for me, getting them to start a conversation with themselves,” Been said. 

Retreats make up a huge part in a student’s life. They can experience the retreats from many perspectives, both attending and being a leader throughout their time in high school.