Campus Ministry: Palanca
Dear UP faculty and staff,
We are asking for your support of students attending the upcoming Encounter with Christ Retreat (March 22-24).
Would you consider writing a letter of support for the students you know on the list provided below?
A crucial aspect of this retreat is the tradition of giving retreat-goers surprise palanca*. Palanca are unexpected expressions of appreciation and support that lift someone’s spirits; they usually take the form of a brief note or letter. This is an opportunity to encourage students and express appreciation for them outside the classroom.
The retreatants receive their palanca as a surprise, similar to the way the Kingdom of God unexpectedly breaks into the lives of those who encounter Christ in the Gospels. Please do not discuss this concept with any students, whether or not they are on this Encounter.
Please submit your palanca to the Campus Ministry office in the Pilot House or St. Mary’s, marked "Encounter Retreat—(student’s name)" by Wednesday, March 20.
Please forward any questions to Beth Barsotti (firstname.lastname@example.org; x7463). Thank you for your assistance. This semester’s retreatants and team are listed below.
Jared Nathaniel Johnson
Katy Jo Novinger
Fr. Pat Hannon, CSC
* The word “palanca” is a Spanish term that literally means “lever” but is used to describe “influence” or “sway” among people; palanca move people like a lever might move an object.