(Chicago, IL) The Class of 2016 at Mount Carmel High School participated in a freshman retreat themed “Becoming a Man of Carmel,” which took place on the campuses of Mount Carmel and the nearby University of Chicago.
The freshman retreat is the first in a series of retreats that are part of the Mount Carmel experience of faith and spirituality.
“Mount Carmel has strong, 113-year tradition of providing profound religious experiences for our students,” said Fr. Tony Mazurkiewicz, O. Carm., president of Mount Carmel and a 1992 graduate of the school. “Throughout a student’s four-year journey here we continue to provide him with these opportunities for prayer, service, and reflection which will deepen his understanding of living as a Christian man in today’s world.”
Freshman retreat activities included student and adult talks, small group discussion, contemplative prayer, and time for individual reflection. A walk from Mount Carmel to Rockefeller chapel at the University of Chicago, where their commencement ceremony will be held four years later, invited freshmen students to further reflect on their role as a member of the Mount Carmel community.
The day closed with what many Mount Carmel men identify as one of their greatest milestones at Mount Carmel, the enrollment in the scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. “This tradition encourages the young men to make faith a part of their lifetime journey and to invite Our Lady to help guide them,” noted Mr. Kyle Schreiner, campus minister.
Each student was presented with the traditional Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel by one of five Carmelites who serve at Mount Carmel: Fr. Mazurkiewicz, Padre Benjamin Aguilar, O. Carm., Fr. Marlon Mateo, O.Carm., Br. Dominic Saganich,O.Carm. and Br. Dave Semmens, O.Carm.
Many men of Mount Carmel continue to wear the brown scapular, not only for the remainder of their four-years at the school, but for the rest of their lives.