Having led the annual retreat for the Sydney seminarians a few weeks ago, I was engaged this past weekend in a three night retreat for Campion College students. The retreat, entitled "Growing in wisdom and stature", took place at the Schoenstatt Shrine just outside Sydney in the foothills of the Blue Mountains.The setting was ideal for our group; all thirty-four of us were able to take part in Mass and different Hours of the Prayer of the Church in the tiny shrine chapel. And at night we found our way to adoration by torchlight. We had some marvellous input from the Nashville Dominican Sisters on the Spiritual Life, and from Fr Bernard Gordon on the place and meaning of the emotions in our lives. There was lots of time and space for recollection and for high jinks too (near the Nepean Gorge). And there was lots of hearty home-cooking too - a very important element of a retreat! We have returned to the College envigorated, inspired and enlightened. May the grace of this retreat be a real corner-stone in our building of the new civilisation.