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Lenten Retreat 2018: "Welcome the Stranger!"

Campus Ministry

Lenten Retreat 2018: Welcome the Stranger text with image of child behind wire

February 19 - March 23, 2018


“The sin is to refuse to encounter the other, to encounter the different, to encounter the neighbor, when this is in fact a privileged opportunity to encounter the Lord.” — Pope Francis


This year’s Lenten Retreat invites students to think, pray, and reflect specifically about the Christian call to “Welcome the Stranger.” During these complex times when it has become too easy to compartmentalize our politics and our faith, it is important to recall Pope Francis’s words: “Every stranger who knocks on our door is an opportunity to meet Jesus Christ, who identifies himself with the foreigner who has been accepted or rejected in every age.” If we are honest with ourselves as we examine our consciences, we can admit that we all carry around different biases and prejudices that we have picked up from family, the media, etc. Let us take this opportunity during Lent to explore our own imperfections and the ways we have failed to recognize the image of God in the stranger.

3 Components of the Journey in Lent Retreat

  • Time to Pray   
    Participants commit to 20 minutes a day of prayer for each of the retreat's four weeks.

  • Companions   
    The retreat assigns students a spiritual companion. Participants meet 3 times with their spiritual companion over the course of the retreat, for 30 minutes to an hour, to discuss faith and life experience. Spiritual companions are campus ministers or other BC faculty/staff. Learn more about spiritual companions here.

  • Gatherings   
    During this year’s retreat, students will be invited to join a discussion group facilitated by FACES to talk about current issues centered on the theme “Welcoming the Stranger.”

The Lenten Retreat is free and takes place during the Lenten season, on campus, in the midst of your everyday life. There are no requirements or prerequisites; anyone can participate in this retreat. Many students find that it is a great way to incorporate intentional prayer and spiritual growth into their everyday lives.