Record number of women attend Fiat Retreat

Forty-eight young Catholic women ages 13-18 gathered at San Pedro Spiritual Development Center in Winter Park, April 20-22, for the annual “Fiat Days” retreat. They sang, prayed and played while participating in activities that helped them discern God’s desire for their lives. This is the largest attendance in the history of this spiritual event.

Together with five religious sisters, diocesan priests joined them for the celebration of Mass, as well as for Eucharistic Adoration and the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Saturday evening. Integral to the weekend retreat were the presentations on the fundamentals of the Catholic faith, small sharing groups and one-on-one encounters with the religious sisters, all which helped unpack this year’s theme, “Daughters of the Most High”. The large group enjoyed a candlelight recitation of the rosary and even a bonfire with s’mores! Associate vocations director Sister Kathleen Power of the Sisters of St. Joseph directed the retreat, assisted by a core team of seven University of Central Florida Catholic Campus Ministry leaders. “Perhaps the most sacred moment for me came during Adoration on Saturday evening,” said Sister Power. “My heart was moved by the sight of our retreatants, so fixed on the Blessed Sacrament, so hungry for God’s love.”

Sister Ann Rowland of the Daughters of the Heart of Mary noted, “It was an absolute joy to be there and to see the promise of our future for the Catholic Church. There are young people out there who will discern and follow Him in the religious life, and of course in married life and the single life. It was a beautiful day.”

By Glenda Meekins of the Florida Catholic – April 25, 2018