On February 20th over 65 Newmanites headed to the Lakeview Christian Retreat Center in Auburn for the annual SEARCH retreat. The retreat this year, titled Chronicles of Search, was fashioned after C.S Lewis’ timeless biblical allegory “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.” Guided by the Peer Ministers, Bayli and a fantastic team of retreat leaders, the SEARCHers were led into the magical world of Narnia on a weekend long retreat intended to bring them to a better understanding of themselves, each other, and God.
SEARCH is one of the most interesting events that Newman holds because it is a well-kept secret. No one really knows what goes on at SEARCH except for people who have been on the retreat before, and you can only go one time because it is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The impact of SEARCH is better felt when it is filled with wonderful surprises, although this does make it hard to describe in a public place such as this. What can be said is that SEARCH is powerful, life changing, and unforgettable. It is an important milestone in many participants’ faith lives, often handing them tools to better integrate God into their lives as busy college students. The undergraduates who participate in the SEARCH retreat are a part of the future of the Church and our faith. That’s why it is so beautiful that they are given an opportunity like SEARCH to grow more confident in that faith that they are handed to grow and transform with.
The Chronicles of Search 2015 was a success in many ways. We hope that this years’ group of fabulous SEARCHers will continue to be a part of Newman’s vibrant community, sharing in God’s love and the magic of SEARCH together for the rest of their undergraduate career, and into the future as well.