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Aquinas High hosts ‘FIRE: Come, Holy Spirit’

Schools in David City, Wahoo join for mini-retreats

DAVID CITY (AHS/SNR) – More than 100 high school students were “on fire for the Lord” at the first Aquinas “FIRE Come Holy Spirit” event held Aug. 26 at Aquinas Catholic in David City.

The spiritual mini-retreat was specifically designed to allow high school students to encounter God through praise music, Eucharistic adoration, the sacrament of confession, and also for fellowship with students from Bishop Neumann High School in Wahoo.

Former FOCUS missionaries Tony and Tess Birkel opened the night with praise music followed by featured speaker, Matt Simmons from Missions of Hope.

“We had six priests steadily hearing confessions for over an hour,” said Father Benjamin Holdren, chaplain at Aquinas. “It was awesome.”

The mini-retreats for high school students are a joint collaboration between Aquinas and Bishop Neumann schools. Each monthly FIRE “Come Holy Spirit” event will offer different faith strengthening opportunities for all high school students, alternately hosted by Aquinas and Neumann.

“There is great value in getting youth together with others who share their faith, outside of their daily routine” said Beth Nemec, director of campus ministry at Aquinas.

The Aquinas FIRE events are replacing the “Aquinas Campus Missionaries” weekly program for only Aquinas students.

“Sunday evenings are often the only opportunity for family time,” Nemec explained. “By having monthly events, it is possible to have outside speakers, musicians, and a larger attendance.”

All high school students are welcome and encouraged to attend the first Neumann FIRE “Come Holy Spirit” event Oct. 7 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The event will include a rosary walk and bonfire at Lake Wanahoo.

No RSVP is required. For more information, contact Geri Kenney at 402-443-4151.

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