April 03, 2017
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
More than 25 students from Mount Saint Mary College and
beyond attended the second annual Awakening spiritual retreat in
More than 25 students from Mount Saint Mary College, Rockland
Community College, and the U.S. Military academy at West Point
recently strengthened their faith at the second annual Awakening
spiritual retreat at the Olmstead Center in Cornwall, N.Y.
The retreat provided a venue for the students to unplug from
their normal routines and reconnect to their spirituality through
talks, reflection, and other activities.
The students were joined by Fr. Francis Amodio, O.Carm., campus
chaplain and director of Campus Ministry, and Roger May, assistant
director of Campus Ministry.
“It was a beautiful experience,” said Fr. Amodio. “Our students
found it very rewarding and profound. Their enthusiasm and their
sincerity animates the mission of our school.”
The Awakening retreat was organized by students from the Mount,
who had been preparing for the event since September.
“They have met every night after class…to make this a beautiful
experience for our students,” explained Fr. Amodio. “I thank them
for their enthusiasm, their perseverance, their dedication, and
their love for Mount Saint Mary College! I am very proud of them
and of their time and talent.”
Fr. Amodio also thanked Mount students Angelique Suarez of
Jersey City, N.J., Awakening coordinator; Alberto Gilman of New
Windsor, N.Y., rector; and team leader/presenters: Danielle Altema
of Mount Vernon, N.Y., Shannon Cieciuch of Haskell, N.Y., Maggie
Leclercq of Danbury, Conn., Christina Mistretta of Brooklyn, N.Y.,
Caleb Oliver of Jamaica, N.Y., Alyssa Picard of Torrington, Conn.,
Andrew Suleiman of Highland, N.Y., and Maggie Torresson of North