All teens should experience COR retreat


By Jacqueline Vonderhaar

Do you want to go on a weekend vacation?  Do you want to make new friends?  Do you want to strengthen your relationship with God?  If so, you should come to COR! COR stands for Christ in Others Retreat. It is for sophomores, juniors and seniors in high school.

COR is an amazing weekend retreat. The other members at COR will become your family for the weekend. You will discover many sides of love. You will learn about Creation. You will also learn how to love others and teach them how to love and so much more!  All of this is done through skits, prayer and fun!

COR is a retreat every teen should experience. COR was my first retreat. It paved the path to my further involvement in the Church and strengthened my relationship with God.  So mark your calendar. COR is being held at two different locations and dates. The first one will be March 11-13 at St. Joseph Parish in DeWitt. For information, contact Pat Sheil at (563) 659-3514 or by e-mail at

COR also will be held March 25-27 at Holy Trinity Parish in Keota. For information, contact Connie and Jay Peiffer at (641) 635-2695 or by e-mail at This is one life-changing experience you won’t want to miss!


(Jacqueline Vonderhaar is a senior at Ottumwa High School and member of St. Mary of the Visitation Parish in Ottumwa and the Diocesan Youth Ministry Committee.)

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