By Ryan Lim ’17, Campus Life Editor
Sophomores got an enlightened new retreat experience in the 2014-15 school year. The renamed Lumos Retreat is Latin for bright, glow or light and can be seen as the root for luminescence, and takes place at a new venue, the Mater Dolorosa Passionist Retreat Center in Sierra Madre about 45 minutes away from our West Hills campus. Mater Dolorosa is Latin for Sorrowful Mother, or Mary at the foot of the cross during her son’s crucifixion or at his tomb or as depicted in other artworks.
Sophomores miss school for two days in order to connect with each other in an enriching faith experience. Lumos is a great way for sophomores to get to know one another, and exceeded my expectations. Originally reluctant to attend, my mom encouraged me to, so I eventually obliged. While there, I got to meet new people, and learned a lot about my peers that I would not have had a chance to do at school. I attended Lumos 1 in October. There’s five, with the last one going out in April.
Not only was it fun, it also was truly enlightening. Really cool adult and student leaders were helpful and good listeners. Nick Collins ’17 called Lumos “fantastic” and also commented on the good food. Fellow sophomore Nathan Sy said he enjoyed the retreat and was happy for the break from school. He definitely did not regret his decision to go. Sophomores who find themselves hesitant to go need to give the retreat a chance. You’ll be glad you did.