It is always a great feeling knowing that I am going down to Melbourne to see friends and most importantly share my love for God with other young people my age. At my school many students and friends do not believe in religion and so it is very hard for me to express my feelings about my beliefs. Coming down to Melbourne knowing that I get to meet up with everyone is such a highlight for me.
This weekend was the first time I had ever been on a Re-Encounter, so I was a little nervous. But once I got to the airport and saw some familiar faces, all that went away and I relaxed a lot.
The weekend was an absolute blast. It was great seeing everyone from the NOYE again, catching up and most important sharing our love for God. The session on the DISC model, a simple personality tool to help you better understand yourself, was great. I loved finding out about everyone in the room; their strengths, and finding out some characteristics that I already knew about myself, but also finding out some new ones.
The De Mazenod Family Fundraising Mass and Dinner was a tremendous night for all who attended. It was great to see the wider De Mazenod community in Victoria.
The next morning we went bowling which was so much fun; cementing friendships and just getting to hang out with people of similar beliefs and moral values, which is a big thing for me. This was definitely one of the highlights. Getting to act like a young person and cruise around the shopping centre with some amazing people was fantastic.
The low point of the weekend was definitely leaving and having to say good bye to everyone until January. But I said it at NOYE and I will say it again, I WILL BE BACK! I just love it too much to not come down and see everyone again. Next January I hope I will be able to come down with school, but this time not as a student, and show the upcoming grade 12 students the ropes and hopefully pull a couple of them back for the following year.
Once again, thank you so much for an amazing weekend of fun and faith. It was gratefully appreciated and see you all in January!
Alex Fisher - Iona College