awakening retreat

packing list and things to know

Welcome to Awakening!

I am excited that you decided to register to attend this semesters Awakening Retreat. The retreat has helped students articulate their faith values, discern how to live their faith in a meaningful way, and discover the importance of community in one's own faith journey. I'm confident that the same will hold true for you.

The student leaders are working hard to ensure a wonderful, prayerful, and meaningful retreat experience for you. Know of their prayer and support for you as the date of the retreat draws near.

I hope this mailing will help answer any lingering questions you may have about the retreat, what to bring with you and how to prepare for it. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.


Bro. Brandon K. Alana, S.M.

Minister for Retreats

What to Bring on Retreat

We will be staying at the St. Stephen's Diocesan Center, nestled in the Ko'olau mountain range. The Center provides bed linens and towels, but please plan on bringing the following:

  1. Personal Toiletries
  2. Personal Medications
  3. Warm clothes — the evenings tend to be cooler than it is in town. A hoodie or sweater should suffice for the weekend.
  4. Favorite Snack to Share — in the evenings, you will have an opportunity to socialize with you peers. All the snacks that students bring will be available in our hospitality suite.

Space will be limited in the vans we will be taking, so please try to limit your belongings to one bag. If you need a place to leave your bags, you may drop them off by Campus Ministry and we will lock it in our storage closet.

When and Where to Meet

We plan on departing campus for the retreat center Friday, October 23 between 4-4:30 p.m. in front of Ching Hall. I realize that you may have a lab that runs into our scheduled time of departure.

I encourage you to check with your professor and see if that same lab is available on another day. Otherwise, inquire whether you could possibly leave lab early for retreat.

Attention Commuter Students with Vehicles

If you drive to campus you will need to make alternative plans regarding your car. Unfortunately there is no overnight parking on campus. You may want to consider getting dropped off to campus that Friday.

Can't Go on Retreat After All

If for some reason you are not able to go on retreat, you need to inform me no later than

5 p.m. on Friday, October 16. This is the due date for the retreat.

If you notify me before the due date I will save you a space on the Spring 2016 retreat. Otherwise you will only receive a 50% refund. After the due date you will not be eligible for a 50% refund and your retreat fee will not be transferable.

Still Need to Pay Your Retreat Fee?

If you opted to pay your retreat fee at a later time please do so before 5 p.m. on Friday, October 16. This is the due date for the retreat.

Paying a lump sum can be a huge burden for many, so I suggest that you try to make incremental payments towards your retreat fee. You may pay for your retreat fee with me in Campus Ministry, Ching Hall room 103.

You still have the option to pay with a credit card, you may do so by using the link below:

Pay with Credit Card (and receive a $20 scholarship)

I Don't Have a Credit Card!

I understand that most students don't have a credit card or debit (bank) card of their own to pay online and to take advantage of the $20 scholarship offer. Don't worry, you can come to my office and pay in cash or check.

If paying by check, please write the check out to Chaminade University of Honolulu and note in the memo to Awakening Retreat.

Reply to this email to let me know that you'd like to take advantage of the $20 scholarship and you'll be coming in to pay with cash or check. Otherwise, you can pay now with your credit card.

Pay with Credit Card (and receive a $20 scholarship)

Shine on Chaminade!

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