Senior Pilgrimage Overview

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Retreat Date: September 16-17, 2017

This year, the Senior Pilgrimage will take place at Camp Hamilton, a CYO camp located near Lake Hannan, about 30 miles east of Edmonds. The use of Camp Hamilton’s facilities will allow us to preserve the overnight aspect of the retreat, as well as several other activities which were deemed crucial to the retreat itself.

Students and faculty will now be meeting in the Bellarmine student parking lot at 6:30 AM. The buses will be leaving at 7 AM sharp. Our approximate return time on Sunday has also changed, to approximately 1 PM. This change in location will not affect the overall cost of the retreat.

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You must be at Bellarmine in the morning on Saturday in time to get your gear loaded and for check-in. The buses will not wait for late-arrivals! We will load and depart from the Bellarmine Student Lot. DO NOT PARK YOUR VEHICLES IN FRONT OF ORTON HALL or the lower east parking lot in front of Allen Hall. Carpooling is strongly encouraged. Students and faculty will meet by 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 16 and depart from Bellarmine by 7:00 a.m. via school transportation. Saturday will be spent walking in the Columbia Gorge wilderness on a fire road for about 7 miles. We will camp at Beacon Rock State Park where a site has been prepared by a group of juniors and faculty. Sunday’s hike will be about 2 miles. The approximate time for our return to Bellarmine will be at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 17. Backup vehicles will be present at all times in case of injury/sickness requiring evacuation. Also, first aid supplies will be on hand for minor problems such as blisters, cuts, sprains, etc. It must be stressed that the Senior Pilgrimage is an active event and any student who participates must be in good health. Participants are urged to report any unusual health conditions that could have bearing on the trip on the form below. For example, known allergic reactions to bee stings should be reported and proper medication provided.

Application Deadline: September 8, 2017
This application must be completed by September 8, 2017 at 2:30 P.M.
Fees: $105 and $10 for a T-Shirt
APPLY HERE (you must be logged into your Bellarmine Google Account to access application)

Make checks payable to Bellarmine. Financial Aid is available. Please contact Mr. Barnes for details. No refunds will be given for student cancellations after September 8. Seniors who are registered who do not attend will not receive a refund or will be billed the full registration fee.

Retreat Overview
This retreat is for members of the senior class. The Pilgrimage is a retreat drawn from Luke’s gospel. The major purpose of the retreat is for the seniors to take time to reflect upon the beginnings of their senior and final year at Bellarmine. The retreat can be an aid in building class unity and in supporting one another through senior year. The Pilgrimage is a two-day, one overnight retreat that takes place in the Columbia Gorge near Beacon Rock State Park. The hike itself on the first day is about 7 miles. Mass is celebrated around the campfire in the evening and the seniors then camp together in tents provided by Campus Ministry. We depart the next day in the early afternoon and return to Bellarmine later on Sunday. The mission of Bellarmine is to produce graduates who will be leaders in action, modeled on Christ, who will be fearless in working for the Christian transformation of the world. The Senior Pilgrimage provides a small time frame for reflection on our attitudes regarding this gospel call.