March 26, 2020
It was a privilege and a joy to accompany 82 young adults aged 18-30 years old for a Lenten Young Adult Retreat last March 6-7 at Casa Guadalupe Retreat House in El Paso, Texas. The event was initiated by Msgr. Arturo Bañuelas of St. Mark Catholic Church where there is a thriving young adult group of about 30 and from there, other young adult groups from the Diocese of El Paso were invited. Msgr. Bañuelas invited diocesan priest Fr. Fabian Marquez, Friar Mario Serrano, OFM Conv, S. Christa Parra, IBVM, and myself to conduct different parts of the retreat to help the young adults engage deeper in the Lenten experience.
It was a beautiful gathering for prayer and reflection on the different Lenten Gospels. St. Mark’s young adult choir led us in singing alabanzas (praise and worship songs) throughout the retreat. S. Christa and I collaborated on a Friday night dynamic as well as the presentation on the Gospel of the Samaritan woman at the well. The young adults showed enthusiasm, a hunger and longing for a more profound spirituality and a means to put their faith into practice. Several of them even worked up the courage to talk to us regarding their questions about religious life.
It was a blessing for our team of presenters too. All of us, save for Fr. Arturo, are in our 30s and 40s and it was a good way to connect and collaborate with the younger religious in the El Paso area.
S. Romina Sapinoso
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