Constantly Strive for Something Greater

If there’s one thing that defines a high school setting during the summer, it’s change! Anyone on campus could tell you that there is plenty of moving and rearranging going on—all in preparation for a new school year.
That is certainly the case for me this summer, as I get ready to begin a new assignment at Catholic Memorial. With change and newness comes a great deal of excitement, but it can also be very challenging. Leaving familiarity and moving into the unknown isn’t exactly easy. But as much as change might be difficult to embrace, it’s also good for us, particularly in the spiritual life.
In order to grow, one must undergo a change. It is a sign of spiritual stagnancy if we are simply clinging to what is comfortable and familiar. If we are not constantly striving for something greater, allowing the Lord to transform us in the process, we are placing ourselves in great spiritual danger. The path to holiness is a long process of transformation—and one that is never complete in this life. It is a process of constantly allowing the Lord to purify, transform, and even sometimes destroy certain areas of our life. Much like a school setting, which is constantly in need of tearing down and building up, so our souls are always in need of the same.
As Catholic Memorial High School prepares for a new school year, I invite you, in prayer, to ask the Lord what might be in need of renewal, and to put away the old self so as to put on the new self, “created in God’s way in righteousness and holiness of truth” (Ephesians 4:22-24).
Have a safe and happy summer, everyone!
Our Lady of Memorial, pray for us!
Fr. John Gibson
Catholic Memorial High School Chaplain


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  • Photo of Cindi Petre

    Cindi Petre 

    Director of Campus Ministry
  • Photo of John Gibson

    John Gibson 



Students will get to experience retreats with their individual classes each year that encourage students to put into practice daily what is taught, grow spiritually, and bond with their classmates.

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  • Freshman

    The Freshman Retreat is a one day event hosted at the Schoenstatt Retreat Center. One third of the freshman class will attend on each day, along with upper-class peer leaders and faculty members. This retreat emphasizes imitating Christ’s example of servant leadership. Students should walk away from the day able to identify characteristics of servant leaders, characteristics of servant leadership that they possess, and a growing awareness that service is a response of Christian discipleship. The day will integrate prayer, witness, large group and small group discussion and will conclude with a celebration of the Eucharist.

  • Sophomore

    The Sophomore Retreat will allow us to dive deep into what it means to be created in God’s divine image and likeness, how to continue to grow into more loving persons, and how to allow Caritas to blossom in all our relationships. Content for this retreat is based on the text Theology of the Body for Teens; Discovering God’s Plan for Love and Life by Jason and Crystalina Evert with Brian Butler. The Sophomore Retreat is an overnight event hosted at the Schoenstatt Retreat Center. One quarter of the class will attend on each day, along with upper-class peer leaders and faculty members.
  • Junior

    Most Juniors are preparing for Confirmation and will attend a retreat through their home Parish.
  • Senior

    The three-fold goal of our retreat is as follows: to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus and to invite Seniors to follow the way of Christ as they prepare to enter the world beyond high school; to build and to experience a sense of Christian community among those going on retreat; and to provide opportunities for Seniors to deepen, strengthen and heal relationships with classmates.

    The CMH Senior Retreat is a long-standing tradition at our high school and is another way in which we reach out to students to help them develop personally and spiritually. We look forward to providing these days of reflecting, sharing, prayer, sacrament, and personal growth.