The Abbey Guest Center hosted its 10th annual Family Retreat. We had several families here with many children running around campus with excitement. “Pentecost” was the theme for this year’s retreat. I helped out by giving a couple of talks, focusing on the fruits of the Holy Spirit. I also helped organize the scavenger hunt which led families from St. Maur Hall to various locations on campus, looking for envelopes containing clues to their next location. The scavenger hunt eventually lead them to the back of the Basilica church. The kids really enjoyed solving the clues and running from one place to the next.
Several of the monks were “adopted” by each family for the weekend. They were able to participate in the scavenger hunt, crafts, games, and prayer with their families.
Below: Novice Cole and his family find the clue that was at the St. Joseph statue.
Below: Br. Placid takes charge in decoding a cipher which offered directions to the next clue.