What does it truly mean to be a Holy Cross Man? What is this special Brotherhood all about? Our seventh graders had a unique opportunity this week to reflect on these questions during their "Continuing the Journey" retreat held at Camp Istrouma, north of Baton Rouge.
The journey to Baton Rouge began with a visit to the Louisiana State Capitol, where they heard from Louisiana State Treasurer John Schroder (uncle of a Holy Cross 7th grader), Rep. Polly Thomas, Rep. Chris Hazel '83 and Senator Jack Donahue '62.
Rep. Hazel talked with the students about what it means to be a Holy Cross Man and shared the impact his Holy Cross education had on his life as a servant leader. There are currently four Holy Cross graduates serving in the Louisiana Legislature, and they officially recognized our students on the House Floor during their visit yesterday.
Next they were treated to a behind-the-scenes tour of LSU's Tiger Stadium and heard from Holy Cross alumnus Rick Perry '73, President/CEO of the LSU Tiger Athletic Foundation. Perry shared with our students how thankful he is for his Holy Cross formation, which has allowed him to give back and serve others in his life.
The retreat took place at the beautiful Camp Istrouma, north of Baton Rouge, where our students have enjoyed the great outdoors with fun-filled team-building activities, as well as some quiet time for reflection. The activities included ropes courses, human foosball, and team-building games that helped the boys to learn about trust, respect, and supporting one another.
On the first evening of the retreat, Headmaster Sean Martin addressed the boys and talked with them about what it really means to be a Holy Cross Man, and how important the bond of their brotherhood will become as they continue their journey at Holy Cross over the next five years.
This has truly been a powerful experience for our young men, and we look forward to seeing them all grow into the servant leaders that God is calling them to be.