The Form 4 students of Holy Cross College, Arima, gathered at the nearby Holy Cross chapel March 1 to experience their Lenten retreat organised by the Archdiocese Family Life Commission. The retreat theme was Love in Marriage (Amoris Laetitia, 4).
Allan Julien presented to them on the key role of the man in the context of marriage. He then outlined the positive outcomes in boys when their fathers are physically, emotionally and spiritually engaged with them, and the negative impact that fatherlessness has on sons and daughters.
Over 95 per cent of these 62 young men related to the negative impact of their fathers on their lives and some hoped they never become the type of man their father is. This daunting reality of the collapsed state of fatherhood and the negative impact on our youth has been the common experience in all the schools where this team has conducted this type of retreat.