FRASSATI FALL 2015 RETREAT

Our Frassati Young Professionals and Graduate Student program kicked off the new school year with our annual Fall retreat, “The Good, The Bad, The SAINTS: learning to live the beatitudes”! We traveled a little south to Gig Harbor where we stayed at our favorite old mansion cabin for a beautiful weekend. Guided by talks and discussed in small groups, retreatants learnedmore about how we are to carry out the beatitudes in our daily lives.  We had talks interspersed with fun recreation time playing pool, foosball, karaoke, football, ping pong just to name a few- as well as chanting the Divine Office prayers and mass.

Saturday night we took a little trip down to Point Defiance Park where we played ball on the beach and explored some trails in the woods (even found a secret rope swing in the middle of the woods)!

It was a wonderful time for relaxation, faith building, and community! Make sure to join us for the Spring Frassati retreat! 

 

"Snowshoe" Extravaganza

This past weekend, 24 of our Grad students and young adults ventured to Hurricane Ridge in the Olympic Mountain Range for winter hike and overnight stay. Though there wasn't enough snow for snowshoes, there was enough to play in! It was a beautiful weekend in the Pacific Northwest, and the hike gave us some breath taking views of the nature which God created. We hope to have another snowshoeing trip later this winter - stay tuned!

5 Myths of the Catholic Church

Veritas Undergraduate Ministry and Frassati Graduate Students and Young Adults came together last night to cohost a talk by Carl Olson, editor of the Catholic World Report. Carl may be from Eugene, but the Catholic Huskies had a good time listening to his journey to becoming Catholic, and learning how to discuss our faith with those who may be skeptical. A big thanks to Carl for speaking for us! 

Young Adult Christmas Formal

 

The 2nd annual young adult Christmas formal was a definitely a merry and bright night! Everyone dressed to the nines, and looked quite dapper. The evening featured two live bands, the first a string trio playing classical Christmas songs, and the second was a jazz band for swing dancing! We had around 175 young adults attend, and we partied on until midnight! If you missed the formal, but still want an opportunity to meet other undergrads, don't stress! You can come to U-District Young Adult Mass, followed by dinner, on January 4, 5:45PM at Blessed Sacrament; or you can come to Saturday Night Alive on January 17 (more info here).

(Photos courtesy of GlimmerGlassPhoto.com)

Happy Feast Day, Blessed Cardinal Newman!

October 9 is the feast of Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman, our beloved patron, so we had a rousing celebration. The Veritas undergraduate ministry and Frassati Grads & Young Adults co-hosted Dr. Sam Rocha from the University of British Columbia, who spoke on education, spirituality, and the human person. He found his inspiration in the works of Cardinal Newman, and encouraged his audience to develop taste, and to seek and support beauty when they find us. He told the attendees to "love the world. That's what made Newman special - he really loved the world." We finished the day with cake and pie, and discussion of how important education is to our faith. Happy feast day, Cardinal Newman!

Frassati Fall Retreat

Two weeks ago, we took 37 graduate students and young professionals on a retreat titled "To Praise, To Bless, To Preach: Deepening Your Faith Through Dominican Spirituality". Through a series of eight talks by Dominican friars, a member of the Dominican laity, and fellow young adults, these retretants explored the four pillars our beloved priests use to balance their spiritual lives: prayer, community, study, and apostolate. They also gained some insight into how to apply these pillars to their own lives to bring them closer to Christ, and spent some time building up their own young adult community through games, movies, marshmellow roasting, and other fellowship. This retreat got us so excited to kick off another year of ministry to grads and young professionals through our Frassati ministry! For more information on what Frassati is up to, click here