This was a 4 day retreat so I am going to try really hard to get down to the parts which I really enjoyed and took from this 4 day retreat!!!
On the 13th of March 2018, myself, Trish and Lucy embarked on a Growing in Faith retreat at Kincumber. It was a four day retreat looking at the different aspects needed to become an REC, accompanied by some theological lectures. There was a mix of secondary and primary teachers in attendance, mostly primary.
I’ll start with the important stuff, the food!!!..... I think I came back 10kg heavier, best food ever!!
Also I bought some of Fathers hot hot chilli, my husband said it was hot and fantastic!! Haha Highly Recommended!!
These four days were really what I needed at this time in my life, a time to reflect and be close to God but also a time to decide in what direction I want my career path to head. Christopher Neaves is fantastic and honestly it was a little intimidating listening to the wealth of knowledge that he has about everything!! I feel very privileged to be there and if anyone is offered PD with him, TAKE IT!!! Being in Chris’ presence for 4 days made me think really hard if I want to become an REC, I honestly do not have half the amount of knowledge of that man!! I then went and spoke to Mimi Ly our REC about this issues as I truly believed I didn’t have the knowledge to become an REC and she was amazing and reassured me that we are constantly learning, and this role is no different! .. So thank you Mimi!!
On Wednesday and Thursday Robert Tilley gave us some lectures. Christopher Neaves decided to get Robert Tilley to examine the Gospel of John. Maybe because the Gospel of John is the most succinct and the one that has the most content! Robert Tilley really brought the context of the bible and the theology behind the Gospels into the new day with modern concepts and events that are occuring throughout this century.
David Ivers from Sydney Catholic Schools came to speak to us about leadership and what is required from your study to become an REC. What resonated with me from David Ivers speech was that to make a good Religious Leader you need to be relational, incarnational and transformational. This is so imperative for a leader in a Catholic school. Another point that resonated with me was when David said that all leaders (not just Religious), need to be fantastic at what they do, or they will lose the most valuable people on their staff!! Very interesting and valuable point to take away if I want to be a leader!
We also completed different types of prayer including the labyrinth. I always love a labyrinth it clears my head of all the thoughts and really focuses on my faith. I remembered in this moment what Chris said to us “the role of the Baptised is to give grace”, hopefully this is what I can continue to do in my role as a teacher at St Christopher's; give grace and pass this onto my students..
I thank Jamie (our Principal) for allowing us to attend this retreat!