In the year 2010, I went on a leadership trip to Dayton, Ohio for a catholic retreat. I took this retreat with members of my senior class from Archbishop Moeller High School.
Throughout my life and especially during my four years in high school, there have been many different experiences, achievements, and risks I have taken. I have experienced losses of friends, achieved athletic excellence, and have taken risks in my education due to my learning disability. Out of all my achievements and experiences, one of them stands out. I was selected to be a Kairos Retreat leader for the members of my senior class.
The Kairos Retreat, also known as “Christian Awakening,” is a well known, four day, three night program, which requires strong student leadership for the success of this retreat. The position of a Kairos leader is very demanding and requires a great number of skills. I was asked to lead and facilitate a small group of my classmates, give a witness talk about one of my life experiences, and assist classmates in their journey of faith. Through this experience, I learned many things about my classmates, but more importantly about myself. I learned the value of team work, being a good leader, and diligence. This retreat taught me to stand up for what I believe in, and how to lead by example. I also learned how to become mentally tough and overcome difficult situations with my classmates. I am very grateful I had the opportunity to lead this retreat.
I have had many different achievements and experiences in my life, but being selected to lead the September Kairos Retreat, honestly changed my life for the better. Through leading Kairos, I experienced coming closer to God through my faith, connecting with my classmates, and becoming the true man I am today.
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