PIUS X JUNIORS - Pius X High school juniors are pictured at Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach March 15 during the school’s annual retreat day. The theme for the junior class was servant leadership and the students gave more than 800 hours of community service at 25 organizations. (Photo courtesy Pius X Yearbook)
LINCOLN (SNR) - Pius X High School in Lincoln held its 11th annual retreat day for sophomores, juniors, and seniors March 15.
The sophomore retreat theme was respect: respect for God, self, and others. At the boys’ retreat, students listened to three speakers: Bill Schlautman, a math teacher at Pius X; Jeff Schinstock, coordinator of youth ministry for the Diocese of Lincoln; and Michael Zimmer, seminarian for the Diocese of Lincoln.
At the girls’ site, they heard talks from Father Joseph Faulkner, theology teacher at Pius X; Molly Davies, director of the Magis – Catholic Teacher Service Corps; and college student Ryan Heier. They also enjoyed a skit and discussion with the drama group R.E.S.P.E.C.T. from Omaha.
The juniors’ retreat theme was servant leadership. The students listened to Molly Davies and created skits about being a servant leader.
Juniors then went in groups to 25 organizations and volunteered for a service project. Organizations included Villa Marie School, Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach, the St. Vincent de Paul Society, The Gathering Place, Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital, Partners in Recovery, Bright Lights, City Impact, Clark Jeary, Habitat for Humanity, the Indian Center, KVSS Spirit Catholic Radio, Sewing for Babies, Tabitha – Meals on Wheels, and the YWCA. They also assisted local parish schools and religious Sisters. They gave more than 800 hours of community service.
At the senior retreat, the students gathered for a breakfast prepared by St. Peter’s food service staff, donated by the senior parents. Taylor Ashburn spoke during the breakfast.
Later, at the senior boys’ retreat site, they examined aspects of Catholic manhood as husbands, fathers and priests. They heard from Father Jay Buhman, Doug Barry, John Hyland, Tom Korta and a panel of college students during the day.
Speakers at the girls’ retreat were Pius X teachers Katie Elsener, Sally Burt and superintendent Father James Meysenburg. They focused on the power of prayer and the importance of faith. The girls also asked questions to the college panel of recent Pius X graduates, and enjoyed a period of personal testimony which focused on their reliance in God and prayer during times of struggle.
All five of the retreats had a Eucharistic holy hour and confessions, as well as small groups led by parents, faculty, college students and other volunteers. The retreat concluded Tuesday morning with a closing all-school Mass celebrated by Father Faulkner.
The faculty and staff at Pius X led by Father Joseph Bernardo, Sister Veronica Volkmer, Tom Korta, Jan Frayser, and Emily Wyatt planned and led the retreats and nearly 200 volunteers assisted.