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FLAME 11: Metamorphosis

October 1st, 2010

 FLAME 11: Metamorphosis 

107 Mercy students attended FLAME 11: Metamorphosis held September 24-26, 2010 at Covecrest in Tiger, GA. The retreat provided an opportunity for students to work together to overcome the obstacles of both the high and low ropes courses and bond with other students while playing in the beautiful waterfall, chatting in small group sessions, and trying to avoid Bosco during meals (the one who ends up with the coin has to entertain everyone else with a song, dance, or joke). Sophomore Maria Cadenhead is new to Mercy this year and loved getting to meet new people. She said, “Everyone was very welcoming, and we all had a blast!” Sophomore Jenny Bui agreed, saying, “I was able to make new friendships, and I grew closer to the friends that I already had.”

The FLAME retreat is hosted every fall by the FLAME team. This team, comprised of 22 Mercy students, works throughout the year to plan small events and prepare for this weekend-long retreat. During the weekend, they led numerous icebreakers, prayers, and talks, which focused on the challenges of avoiding peer pressure, striving to change for God, and allowing God to take away our pains. Danielle Clark, sophomore, said, “I liked the talks, because they helped me grow closer to God.”

While talking about the whole weekend, junior Alyssa Maker commented, “The weekend was great, exciting, and fun. The talks were really meaningful and helped me a lot with my life. The whole theme of the retreat was really good, because it applies to high school students striving to find their identity. I enjoyed this retreat a lot. It was definitely one of the best I have attended!”

The events of the weekend all culminated in Saturday evening’s Mass and later Adoration, both led by Mercy’s Chaplain, Father Jimmy Adams. When asked about the weekend, Senior Anthony Martinelli responded, “The weekend was great! I truly enjoyed the compelling and spiritual time spent in Adoration.”

Director Margarete Smith stated, “The students all loved the weekend. It was a huge success! The senior co-directors, Andrea Raville and Emily Conley, did an amazing job!” Margarete then added, “But there is no time to rest. The team must dive into plans for FLAME 12, coming next fall.”


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