Sean Kenny ’17
Kairos was an amazing experience that brought me memories that will last a lifetime. When I first left on K137 I had no idea what to expect. Not letting anyone spoil the experience for me allowed to get the most out of the retreat as possible. Small group talks allowed me to share and learn more about the other dudes around me at Brother Rice, and I believe we bonded in a new way that I didn’t consider possible before. In order to continue living the fourth, I set some goals for myself to abide by.
David Pacewic ‘ 17
Some of the best memories I have through ministry here at rice are the retreats. I enjoyed leading the freshman and sophomore retreats. Being there for the underclassmen and having the opportunity to help. Getting to know underclassmen that I would have never met through our small groups.
Working the freshman retreats were especially gratifying because I was able to give back. I remember when I was a freshman and I was scared and unsure of how I was going to navigate high school. I felt better after the retreat because these seniors were talking to me and relating how they were scared as freshman. This year, leading the retreat, I was given the opportunity to make a freshman welcome.
The sophomore retreats were also as gratifying because I was able to steer the kids in the right direction. I was given the opportunity to teach the kids about what the right choices were and that they did not need to drink to be cool. I was able to teach through the mistakes I made in life and that I learned from. Leading these retreats were some of the best memories of my ministry here at rice.
Kyle Mehok Doherty ’17
My favorite memories from being a peer minister would be leading the freshmen and sophomore retreats as well as going on kairos. Before coming to Rice I was not very spiritual. I rarely attended church and I did not have a close relationship with God. After attending Brother Rice for the past four years I have grown more with God and I see myself as a strong Catholic.
Going on Kairos 140 was one of my favorite memories while going to Brother Rice. The lessons I learned while on Kairos have helped me finish the school year strong. I learned a lot more about the kids in my class as well as some Juniors that were on Kairos with us. I gained 40 new brothers and I had a great time not being on my phone. I learned that opening up to people is important and finding acts of Grace is equally as important.
Leading the retreats was very beneficial to me as well. I enjoyed leading the underclassmen and giving them advice on how to deal with the transition into high school. I gave them advice that has helped me through my years at Rice. I hoped to be a positive influence in their lives as they continue their journey through Brother Rice.
Josh Niego ’17
Deciding to become a peer minister was a choice that I feel I benefitted from a lot not only in my faith in God, but my understanding in my Catholic belief. The two highlights of the year for me were Kairos 138 and running the underclass men retreats.
I participated in the first Kairos of the year, Kairos 138. Throughout my first three years at Rice I’ve never heard so many positive things about something that everyone refused to explain exactly what happened on this retreat. I was anxious to go on it and my expectations were exceeded during my Kairos experience. Although I knew many guys prior to my Kairos, I felt as though I never knew the real them until after the retreat and that was one of the coolest experiences not only at Rice, but in my life.
Another great memeory was running the retreats for the underclassmen. Many of them were scared to participate fully at first, but as the day went on it was unique to see the changes in the attitudes of each student. Some opened up for it seemed like the first time and it was great for them to understand the brotherhood here at Brother Rice and how everyone has each other’s backs. Teaching them the ropes of being a Son of Edmund was something we instilled in them and hopefully they will continue to instill it to the following generations of crusaders.
Dan Harty ’17
A part of Brother Rice ministry I have enjoyed in the past year is taking part in all school masses. For years, I have participated in the mass as a lector at my parish so when I got the opportunity to do the same at Rice I knew I had to take advantage of it. Taking part in the mass at Brother Rice helps me to stay focused on what is happening in the mass. This enhances my reflection and overall religious experience. It also is beneficial to me in that I feel like the mediator between the Word of the Lord and the student body.
Helping out at the underclassmen retreats is a third aspect of peer ministry that has been very fulfilling for me. Whilst doing this I feel as if I am preparing younger guys to assume our role of school leaders in the future. Though these retreats are religious in nature, they are a lot more than just prayer. Rather, I believe, these retreats are a great way for us to grow together as a Crusader community. On a day to day basis, there is often separation between the classes. On freshman and sophomore retreats, however, underclassmen and upperclassmen interact and bond with each other.
Joe Kenzinger ’17
Taking Peer Ministry this year was a great decision for me. This year more than ever I was a role model for all students below me. To be a Crusader Crazy leader, senior leader, and peer minister I was able to help the younger guys learn what it means to be a part of the Brother Rice family. Through my unique humor and happy attitude I made some great memories as a Peer Minister.
One of my best memories as a Peer Minister was being a group leader during the freshman and sophomore retreats. Here I was able to really help the underclassmen of BR. I feel like my partner Josh and I did a good job really portraying what the retreat stands for. I very much enjoyed speaking at two of the retreats. My favorite topic: Rice Pride, I crushed. Everyone including Peer Ministers were laughing as I got an important topic across to the freshmen.