As for the youth charism discernment retreat, your suggestions worked really well! I used your
suggestion of having a poster for each charism on the wall and had the students write the names of
their peers on what charism they thought they posed. Then I had them find the posters where their own
names were used the most and they had to stand by the posters. Before this activity, I had them take
inventory of their own charisims so they had an idea what each of the charisims are and what they
mean. So once they were all standing by the posters with their own names on the most, we went
around and I asked the students if they thought their peers were accurate. All of them agreed! Then
we switched it up, and I had them go to the charism posters that the inventory test said they were the
highest. 25% of the students stayed in the same spot their peers suggested and 25% were very similar
to what their peers stated i.e. Hospitality vs Community Building.
Then at the end of the retreat, we debriefed in what they learned and how they had seen themselves
or others using their charisms. It was awesome! It was a great exposure to the students and everything
went so smooth, the Holy Spirit was guiding throughout the whole day!
Our theme was "We're Better Together". So the charisms tied in so well and the students were able to
see that we are many parts to one Body. In fact, we went to daily mass that morning and the first
reading was the reading of we are many parts of One Body. I was glowing all day!
St. Wendelin Parish & School
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