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Kairos community expands on campus

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Members of Kairos 7 Group 3, from left, top row, are Hayley Hoffman, Jackie Devaleria, Cameron Sims, Krystin Lindemoen, Emily Temple, Ellie Schlueter, and, bottom row, Dany Teran.

Members of Kairos 7 Group 3, from left, top row, are Hayley Hoffman, Jackie Devaleria, Cameron Sims, Krystin Lindemoen, Emily Temple, Ellie Schlueter, and, bottom row, Dany Teran.

Members of Kairos 7 Group 3, from left, top row, are Hayley Hoffman, Jackie Devaleria, Cameron Sims, Krystin Lindemoen, Emily Temple, Ellie Schlueter, and, bottom row, Dany Teran.

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Photo of Kairos 7 Group 3 Top row (from left): Hayley Hoffman, Jackie Devaleria, Cameron Sims, Krystin Lindemoen, Emily Temple, Ellie Schlueter Bottom row: Dany Teran

Members of Kairos 7 Group 3, from left, top row, are Hayley Hoffman, Jackie Devaleria, Cameron Sims, Krystin Lindemoen, Emily Temple, Ellie Schlueter, and, bottom row, Dany Teran. Photo by Ginny Temple

By Edmund Wong

The Kairos experience has become a large part of campus life over the past four years and is expected to grow even larger, according to NDP’s campus minister.

Kairos was introduced to NDP in April 2011.  Eight students and campus minister Sr. Yolanda Mendoza were invited by Seton Catholic High School to attend Seton’s Kairos 32.  NDP then hosted its first Kairos in January 2012.

Since then, there have been eight more retreats, and another one is scheduled April 14-17.  There were two during the 2012-2013 school year, and there were three last school year.  There are going to be four this year, and Sr. Yolanda said she expects there to possibly be more  next year.

“There is a lot of demand for it,” Sr. Yolanda said. “Kids have been hearing about it, and many of them want to have that experience.  We’re looking to have four or five every year to accommodate as many students’ schedules as possible,” she said.

Kairos is a spiritual retreat open to juniors and seniors.  Sr. Yolanda defined the retreat as “a wonderful experience for kids to get to know themselves better, and as a result, know God better.”

Senior Veronica Robbins attended Kairos 7 and described it as “an incredible experience for all high schoolers that gives them the opportunity to face important life questions before college.”

Ellie Walker, also a senior, was a participant on Kairos 5 and is going to be a leader on Kairos 9 in April.

“Kairos is 10 steps above any other retreat,” Walker said. “It’s a great experience, even if you are not a Christian.  You will get a lot out of it, though each person will feel something different at the end.”

Despite the larger role that Kairos is playing on campus, not much is known about what happens on the retreat, with the exception of knowing those who have already gone.  Both Robbins and Walker said that they did not know what to expect because one must experience it in order to know the answer.

“I heard that it is amazing and, no matter how religious you are, you will always get something out of it,” said Skylar Goss, a senior who will be on Kairos 9. “I haven’t heard much, but I’m curious as to what Kairos truly is and look forward to experiencing it,” he said.

When discussing why there is so much mystery surrounding Kairos, Sr. Yolanda gave an analogy.

“If you knew what you were getting for your birthday, the surprise is gone,” Sr. Yolanda said. “Hearing about what happens is never the same as actually being there.  Kairos is kept mysterious so that students can have the fullest, most meaningful experience possible,” she said.

According to the students who have been on a Kairos, it was a meaningful experience and recommend others to try it as well.

“I was glad I had gone,” Robbins said. “I felt closer to other students and closer to the community in general. It was an overall amazing experience. It allows you to learn more about yourself and connect to your fellow classmates.”

Walker said that she felt like she went on the Kairos that she was meant to be part of.

“After Kairos, I felt happy and more like the person God wanted me to be,” Walker said. “I would recommend others to go because it makes you realize a lot of different things about yourself you may not have known.”

Both Walker and Sr. Yolanda stated that there is an opportunity to make good, deep relationships with others.

With more opportunities for students to be a part of Kairos, there will be more experiences to be had, and the Kairos community will become a larger portion of campus.  With Kairos 8 having just taken place Feb. 24-27, 34 people have already been added to that community.

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