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EWC Palanca

Would you consider writing a letter of support for the students you know attending the Encounter with Christ Retreat?

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 retreat.

Please submit your palanca to the Campus Ministry office in St. Mary’s, marked "EWC Retreat—(student’s name). Thank you!

The next retreat will take place in November 2019.