When I left to go make my TEC retreat as a TECite, I had no idea what to expect. For those who don’t know, TEC stands for Together (or Teens) Encountering Christ. It is a three day retreat focused on the Paschal Mystery. When the bus pulled up and we got out, we were all greeted by people in bright colored shirts. On top of that, there were two team members that were rollerskating around the main room dressed in full panda suits. A couple of us looked at each other, and almost ran the other direction, but something about it was so exciting! Not the point, yet very fun information.
The first day of a TEC retreat is called Die Day. As depressing as it may sound, it is so very powerful. Let Go and Let God is the common phrase we start to hear, followed by Don’t Anticipate, Participate! We went through reconciliation, which was so good.
The second day is Rise Day. At this particular TEC, we were woken up with banging pots and pans. Pretty much can guarantee you that I was definitely startled. It was such a good day. We had mass, a special dinner, and an awesome ceremony. I loved it.
The third day is Go Day. Basic idea is going into the word and sharing the love of Christ. By this point, we all know each other better and it is really good to just hang out.
All through the weekend, there were various talks that were given by team members. The random surprises throughout the weekend were great too! There was a community that I felt there that has stuck with me for a very long time. Out of all the TECs that occurred in my four years at Saint Mary’s, I only missed one because of a band concert. I truely believe that this retreat that I made and then worked numerous times, was the source of the growing passion within me.