Once again the seminary community hosted the Mount 2000 retreat this past weekend for high school students. Mount 2000 is an annual Eucharistic retreat started by the seminarians prior to the year 2000 jubilee.
The first retreat was such a success that the seminarians decided to continue it beyond the year 2000. The retreat lasting from Friday afternoon through Sunday offers high school youth a chance to come and hear some of the best and most dynamic Catholic speakers in the country, spend time with seminarians, priests, and religious, enjoy one another's company, and most, importantly, spend time with the Lord in the Sacraments: in Mass, in Confession, and especially in the time offered for prayer in front of the Eucharist.
This year Mount 2000 saw 1,500 participants brave the winter cold to travel to Emmitsburg and spend the weekend of February 7-9 growing closer to the Lord. The theme for this year’s retreat was Come. Encounter. Go. which encouraged the participants to experience the love of God during the retreat before leaving with the commission to “Go home to your friends and tell them all the Lord has done for you” (Mk. 5:19).
Well known figures, Jon Leonetti, Leah Darrow, and Sr. Mary Brigid Burnham, O.P., were the marquee speakers throughout the weekend and the Ben Walther Band provided the musical entertainment.
The retreat’s closing Mass on Sunday was offered by the Archbishop of Baltimore, William E. Lori, for the second consecutive year. Of particular note, seminarian Adam Cesarek (S’15, Peoria) was the chairman of the 2014 retreat, bearing the burden of laboring for countless hours to coordinate and plan the weekend. The extensive effort of Cesarek and his Core Team allowed all of the participants to have the greatest possible experience.
To read much more about Mount 2000 and see videos and pictures from the weekend, visit the online website at http://www.mount2000.com/.