From Interns

Bryan Metz

“This is my first year with the program and I have gotten much more out of it than I bargained for. Not only has it opened up avenues to internships and connections for me in an amazing way, but it has also been uniquely and specifically structured to teach me skills and knowledge to help me succeed, not only in my internships, but also my future in the business world.”

 

Christopher Birozes

“The C-Legs program gave me a great internship opportunity at a fantastic company, which has challenged me and instilled in me great experiences which I can develop and carry on through the rest of my business career.”

Gabriel McCabe

“The C-legs program has taught me how to differentiate myself from other millennials and to stay true to my core values when I enter the job market.”

John Paul Metz

“The C-Legs program has taught me the expectations and protocol of a leader in today’s professional world.”

Kevin Metz

“The C-Legs program has catalyzed my personal and professional development far beyond what I would’ve been capable of accomplishing on my own. It has opened doors that would’ve otherwise been locked. My career owes a great deal of its success to the program.”

Michael Houlihan

“C-Legs effectively introduced me to the vast ocean of the professional world while still allowing me to earn money to put towards my college education. An extensive amount of preparation was required on my part to be a part of the program, but this effort was certainly worth what I got out of both the internship and the program.”

Sean Andry

“Over the three years I have been in the program, I have learned an immense amount in many different fields. The real life, hands on experience I have gained through the C-Legs internship program has been absolutely priceless.”

Peter Zuniga

“”Your life is God’s gift to you. What you do with your life is your gift back to God.” On the silent retreat, Fr. Edward used this famous quote in one of his meditations. It wasn’t the first time I’ve heard it, but it was the first time it really made an impact on me. I thought about how life is more than just trying to do good and avoid evil every day. We were all created for a specific purpose, and we can glorify God in everything we do.”

Eamon Mulholland

“Silence is a food you don’t realize you’re hungry for until you take a bite. With a life filled with so much noise, I was grateful for the chance to focus on Christ and the life of my soul, and let my anxiety about the future melt into the backdrop of lake, forest, and sky. Fr. Hopkins has a wealth of spiritual knowledge that I am ever grateful for.”

Liam O’Neil

The silent retreat portion of the C-Legs program was a magnificent opportunity reflect and grow closer to Christ through the power of silence and guided spiritual exercises. My experience was outstanding and I felt like a new person leaving the retreat.  At first, I was unsure of what to expect from a silent retreat but after having experienced it, I would suggest it to anyone.

Will Matray

In the modern age our senses are overwhelmed throughout the day, there’s not a lot of time left for reflection. The prolonged silence of the retreat is a very novel experience and provides an environment to really get to know oneself spiritually.

Jonathan Spillane

“I found that completely emerging myself into prayer was more difficult than I anticipated although I gave my best effort and have since increased my everyday prayer life so as to maintain a sense of closeness to God. Through this retreat, I have received grace which has assisted in not only my spiritual growth but also the growth of those around me.”

Tim MacCarrick

“When Jesus was put on this earth he did everything that man did, every humanly thing. It is our responsibility to know the heart of  Jesus and to know what he expects of us. Do not stray when tempted with earthly pleasures. Jesus was tempted in the desert and denied the devil. We should strive to be like him when faced with temptations of this earth.”

Michael Houlihan

“The Ignatian style silent retreat put on by the CLEGs program and given by Father Edward Hopkins was an absolute game changer. It covered so many important areas of spirituality, and was a great way to prepare for the birth of Christ, as well as the new year. It is always so refreshing to be able to participate in this retreat, and I look forward to the next one I can be fortunate enough to go on.”

Simon Cassar

       “Being on a silent retreat away from distractions was a great reminder for me to make time to listen to God and allow him to show me his plan.

JP Metz

“This year’s RC Young Men’s retreat gave me the opportunity I absolutely needed after a busy semester to recognize again Christ as my King. The mediations, sacraments and silence allowed me to hear the call from my best friend, Jesus, to a deeper and more intimate relationship. It was the perfect way to fortify the foundations of my life as I began 2017.”

Patrick Smith

“The silent retreat was a new experience for me, and the silence profoundly affected the way I took in the messages of the weekend. It allowed me to freely reflect and go deeper in thought about how the topics had meaning in my life. One thought that stood out for me in a special way was the importance of brotherhood. The world is too strong for each of us to take on alone, and often times the community we surround ourselves with can play a vital role in our development.”

Ricardo Victoria

“The silent retreat was an enlightening experience in which I was able to mediate and experience the presence of God through the absence of noise. This retreat enabled me to focus on myself and what aspects of my life need some work, and it also allowed me to give thanks for all of my blessings. Through the guidance of some excellent mentors I was able to create a spiritual program which has paved the way to a fulfilling spiritual life.”

JP Nelson

“The silence of the retreat came at an important time, just finishing a hard semester of college, and it was a good way to start the Christmas season. It brought me to the conclusion to focus more on school, but more importantly focus more on God.  The silent retreat was a great way for me to reconnect with God.”

Alex Moldenhawer

“Going through a condensed, intense, and highly impactful Ignatian meditation allowed us to deeply reflect on the will of God. I personally found the personalized meditation and uncommon silence to be very practical, drastically changing my following habits in a way I believe is leading me closer to Jesus Christ. I would highly recommend this retreat to college men who want to further strengthen their Christian lives or are seeking spiritual guidance.

Gabi Elias

Going on the retreat was an awesome experience. I didn’t realize how much I needed it until I was there.”

Isabel O’Neil

      “I found that the retreat was very relaxing and provided lots of time for reflection and self-pray. It was great getting to have one on one spiritual direction with one of the consecrated. I was nervous at first when I found out that it was a silent retreat, but it turned out to be a great break from how busy day to day life is.”

Kinsey Kotscher

      “This retreat was invaluable in the fact that it allowed me time for introspection and reflection, something that often gets passed by in the busy life of a college student. I was able to really focus on how God was speaking to me, without the background noise of the usual hustle and bustle of everyday life.”

Bridget Gallamore

       “I went in a little skeptical of the retreat, because I did not know how a retreat would help me through an internship process. However, the priest who spoke during the retreat had a powerful message about identity that did apply to the process of an internship. Having a strong sense of identity will help students in interviews and in navigating the workspace. I thoroughly enjoyed this retreat, and I hope others will too.”

Katie Gallamore

“The C-Leg’s Women’s Winter Retreat of 2017 was an amazing experience that I’m so happy to have been able to participate in. Father Brock is an amazing man and I’ll never forget meeting and talking with him. He made me question and see things I’d previously never thought about before, which is an impressive feat considering I tend to be stubborn when it comes to my religious beliefs. The entire retreat made me question, ponder and learn, all unmeasurable gifts at this time in my life. I want to thank everyone who worked and put time into the retreat, it helped me more than you all know.”

Megan Spillane

“At the beginning and end of each day, Christ should always come first, for He is the reason individuals are in existence. It is easy to get caught up in the trials of the day – that never-ending list simply gets in the way and Christ ends up being the last thing on that list. The C-Legs internship retreat opened my eyes to the realization that no matter how busy you get, there should always be time in your schedule to give back to Christ.”