Mangaluru: The School of Social Work, Roshni Nilaya, Mangalore organised its annual college retreat ‘REDAMANCY 2023 in the college auditorium on 15 and 16 September 2023. It was a spiritually enriching and transformative event jointly organised by AICUF and Jesus Youth team of the college. The retreat was meticulously planned with diverse sessions and activities led by dedicated facilitators and speakers.
The retreat commenced on 15 Sep 2023 at 8.45 am with Holy Mass celebrated by Rev Fr Jerry V M. SDB Priest of Dimapur, Nagaland Province and Lecturer of Philosophy at Salesian College of Higher Education.
The MC Team organised a flash mob and ice-session to create an engaging and inclusive atmosphere. A 30-minute praise and worship were conducted by the Jesus Youth Mangalore Music Ministry (JYMMM). At 10.30 am, Fr Jerry V M delivered an insightful talk exploring the concept God and our connection with Him. The session continued with music and action songs led by the Theatre team. At 11.40 am, Dr Suraj Noronha elaborated on the practical aspects of communication with God and how to connect with Him every day. Before lunch, Deepthi Moras shared a personal testimony, offering inspiration and real-life examples of faith.
Lunch was followed by an action song by the Theatre team which was concluded by a prayer. The third session of the day was ‘What happens when we sin? How to come out of sin and its consequences’ which was delivered by Fr Jerry. Theatre team carried out a skit to facilitate a deeper understanding of confession. Adoration and confessions were carried out from 3.00 pm. The first day of the retreat came to an end at 4.30 pm with healing adoration allowing attendees to experience a meditative and calming atmosphere.
The second day (16 September 2023) of the retreat featured a well-structured schedule comprising various sessions, music, and activities. The day began at 9.30 am with the participants being welcomed by the MCs. The Jesus Youth Mangalore Music Ministry team introduced a lively music segment to energise the audience. This was followed by a 15-minute session of praise and worship. The first session was taken by Brayn Dias about the challenges faced by today’s youth and how to overcome them with the help of Word of God. At 11:20 am the MCs led an engaging group dynamics activity to encourage interaction and collaboration among attendees and the JYMMM conducted a music session.
The attendees were welcomed back after lunch break by an action song by JYMMM and Theatre team at 1:30 pm. Chinnu from Father Muller’s shared a heartfelt testimony, inspiring attendees with personal experiences. Her testimony was followed by an interesting session by Jyothi Vaz about the importance of living joyfully with guidance of Holy Spirit. After this session Jennica Fernandes and Minola Saldanha briefed about AICUF and Jesus Youth movement respectively.
The two-day retreat ended with Holy mass at 2.45 pm. During the homily of the mass Fr Jerry spoke about Holy Eucharist and Eucharistic Miracles. The gathering concluded with a celebration, including action songs that lifted spirits and fostered a sense of togetherness. The retreat was a great success, providing the participants with a spiritually enriching and transformative experience. The retreat’s diverse sessions and activities focused on important themes such as prayer, self-discovery, building relationships, and living a purposeful life. The participants were able to bond with each other and develop a sense of community through various games and team-building activities.
The entire programme was meticulously coordinated by Rancy Josmitha D’Souza, Assistant Professor and AICUF co-ordinator of the college.