On Sunday June 2nd, almost 30 alumnae – representing classes from all five decades of coeducation at Notre Dame – gathered for the inaugural NDWC retreat. With a theme centered on the “Beatitudes for Women” (a prayer shared by the Newark Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women), we were invited to pray and reflect about how we are each Blessed. Thoughtful presentations and inspiring music brought us closer to God, and energized meals and small group discussions renewed old friendships and sparked new connections. Everyone had the opportunity to reconnect with the ND experiences that fed their spiritual life on campus.
When asked what they liked best, one retreat participant commented, “Hard to choose just one thing! The topic really spoke to me, and the two presenters were outstanding! The small group discussion was wonderful - ND women have many great insights to offer.” Another remarked, “It was wonderful to be back at Notre Dame with such a range of women sharing their experiences and reflections.”
The retreat closed with an invitation to write and share our own original Beatitudes. They were a sincere reminder of how each of us strives to live God’s call amidst the daily challenges so many women encounter. Here are a few of the Beatitudes written by alumnae at the retreat (we wish there was space to share all of them!):
Blessed is she who is fully present - living humbly, loving deeply, listening intently, and giving fully - for she walks in the light of Christ, seeing the face of God in all his people.
Blessed is she who is willing to takes risks and see the love of God for she will bear many gifts to share with the world.
Blessed is she who loves herself amidst her failings, mistakes, and the messy consequences of her choices, for she sees herself as God does.
Blessed is she who embraces uncertainty and seeks out irregularity while celebrating intuition and connection, for she can build bridges.
Planning for the 2020 retreat is already underway! Watch this newsletter and NDWC’s Facebook page for more info. And, if you’d like to be notified as more details become available, just share your name and email address using this form and we will be in touch!