On Tuesday, September 13, twenty-four members of the Class of 2017 journeyed to Joppa Mountain, Tennessee to continue McNicholas High School's long-standing tradition of serving and learning in the Appalachia region of our country. Over the nearly four decades that McNick students have been volunteering and retreating with the Glenmary Home Missioners, this experience has deepened the commitment of hundreds of McNicholas students to embrace lives rooted in Christian faith and service.
Over the course of the group's six days in Union and Grainger Counties, they built community and volunteered their time in a variety of ways while making conscious choices to honor simplicity and grow in Christian faith in the midst of the beauty of God's creation. Senior Carly Cullion felt that pushing her “comfort zone” with the service she performed was the most significant part of the trip.
“The most memorable part of this retreat for me was being able to serve the community of Granger County in ways that I have never done before such as splitting logs and putting down flooring,” Cullion said. “I also enjoyed growing closer to my classmates, teachers, and God throughout the service.
Cullion felt that the retreat exceeded all her expectations. “I did not know the level that the service and retreat as a whole would impact my life and my relationships with God and others,” she said. “I would recommend this retreat 100% and tell students that they might hear all the amazing opportunities and connections this retreat offers, but they need to experience for themselves to really understand it.”
To see photos of the retreat and a list of participants, click here.