The word “Kairos” means “the Lord’s time." It is a special time which extends from 4:00 p.m. on a Thursday until 6:00 p.m. the following Sunday evening and is spent at Camp Egan in Tahlequah,OK.
During the Lord’s time, a team of students and faculty members from Cascia Hall and Bishop Kelley High Schools give talks, lead discussions, activities, prayer and celebrate the Eucharist with the participants.
The Kairos retreat program is basically an adaptation of the adult “Cursillo” for seniors in high school; it is extraordinarily appropriate and cohesive in its theology and philosophy. Originally called the “Christian Awakening Program," it was developed in 1965 by a team of priests, brothers, and laymen. Kairos is not coed for the student retreatants or student team. The adult team is evenly balanced between female and male faculty/staff members from each school.
The specific goals of Kairos are:
To give the candidates an experience of Christian community;
To open the eyes of the candidates to their own goodness, as well as to the goodness of their God, their families and their friends;
To bring each candidate to an honest appraisal of herself/himself with both strengths and weaknesses, in a supportive atmosphere that will allow her/him to deal with both in a positive way;
To awaken and deepen their personal love for Jesus Christ, and to provide a meaningful encounter with Him in the Sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist;
To introduce the candidates to the Scriptures and to both personal and communal prayer in an experiential community setting;
To develop Christian leaders;
To provide youth (team leaders) with an experience of ministry;
To call youth to live their faith as active, vital members of the Church; a believing community.
Each retreat consists of 34 total students candidates from Bishop Kelley (LaSallian) and Cascia Hall (Augustinian) and 6 student team members (3 from each school) and adult/faculty team members (6 from each school) including the Director and Assistant Director. There are provisions made to take two faculty/staff members as candidates one each Kairos.
On the first boys' Kairos and the last girls' Kairos, three juniors from each school are selected to field a student team for the coming school year.
KAIROS 2016-17 Dates
#92 - BOYS, September 22 - 25
#93 - GIRLS, November 17 - 20
#94 - BOYS, January 26 - 29
#95 - GIRLS, February 23 - 26
Start planning now to attend one of the Kairos retreats for next school year. This experience is one you will carry for a lifetime. It's the perfect time to "Let Go and Let God."
Mrs. Bonnie Leighty, Kairos Director
Office of Campus Ministry