By Sarah Donovan '20
For those of you who haven’t been on Kairos yet, when you see the word “Kairos”, you probably think of that retreat that all of the seniors are required to go on that no one will tell you anything about. While this may be a small part of it, Kairos is about so much more than that. Like many of you, I was very apprehensive with the idea of being forced to miss three days of school without being able to work on anything while at the retreat. I decided that I might as well get it over with and went on the first Kairos of the year in October. Believe it or not, I ended up loving the experience so much that I decided to lead the next retreat in February! It was a lot of work, but it was definitely worth every second I spent doing it.
Kairos literally means “God’s time”, so the entire premise behind Kairos is to just take a break from your usual responsibilities and distractions to spend time with God. This retreat not only strengthens your faith, it also strengthens your relationships with yourself, your family, your friends, and your classmates. Since I have only been at Viz for about a year and a half now, I will say that Kairos has given me an invaluable opportunity to know my entire class on a much deeper level. I learned that every person has their own story that makes them who they are, and I learned to get to know someone before I decide to judge them. I think that Kairos has something unique to offer for every person that goes, because it is by far the most personal retreat that I have ever been on.
I would tell anyone who is still skeptical to just give Kairos a chance before you judge it, because you will get as much out of it as you put into it. You never know, you might end up deciding to be a leader like me!