KICKSTART: Finding True Joy

by Brian Janelle Sanio, NUS CSS In the past, I never acknowledged the need for a Catholic community. I strongly believed that all I ever needed was my family and a private relationship with God. Past experiences with other retreats filled me with lies that introverted people like myself can never receive anything from such […]

Testimony & Thanksgiving: He Fills My Days with Joy

by Ignasia Hanny, SUTD As a child, I loved the verse from Matthew 19:14 where Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven”. God has always been a super-hero kind of figure that is also my best friend at the same time. […]

KICKSTART: God Welcomes Me Home

by Nevin Pang, SIT Before Kickstart, I was a lukewarm Catholic, going for Sunday masses for the sake of obligation and not keeping Christ in the centre of my life as I fell deeper and deeper into the ways of the world. During Kickstart, I felt that it was a wake-up call for me to […]

KICKSTART: The Unconditional Love of the Lord

by Bryan Francisco, SIM Before Kickstart, an old lie had begun to creep back into my heart about having to earn the father’s love. I was dreading the start of university because I thought that it was going to be another platform for me to “earn” that love. During Kickstart, the Lord revealed his unconditional […]

3 Signs You Should Attend Kickstart

by Whitney David If you’re looking to begin your university life on the right foot, OYP has an answer for you – Kickstart 2019! Kickstart is a two day, one night retreat catered to incoming freshmen for both local and overseas universities. It aims to provide a platform for university students to get to know […]

KICKSTART: Grateful for Community

by Alisha Lavendra, Yale-NUS Community life has kept me accountable for maintaining my faith life in NUS. The hectic nature of school makes it easy to get lost in the worldly and we forget that we are called to serve God in our thoughts, words and deeds. Going for campus mass and CG sessions provide […]

KICKSTART: Grounded in the Lord

    by Dominic Chan, Yale-NUS Coming into Kickstart, I wasn’t sure if I really needed the retreat experience and it was with this mindset that I entered. Looking back however, the 2 days of sharing and companionship was an amazing time and a great time to reflect on entering university as a Catholic. Any […]

KICKSTART: Seen and Loved

I had my first intimate encounter with Jesus in my university life at Kickstart. Entering University was scary, and there were so many new things to try and experience. The biggest fear I had in university was that I would lose myself in the midst of pursuing grades and achievements. It was in Kickstart that […]

KICKSTART 2019: My Close Friend and Father

I came into kickstart rather unwillingly, having been urged to sign up by a friend who knew I was a Catholic. I was only a Catholic by name then, having never gone for mass except for Good Fridays and I felt that God was distant and didn’t care about me. I attended Kickstart like that […]

KICKSTART: God Waits For You

I was inspired to join Kickstart through the encouragement of my parents and after I received an email that I did not manage to get a slot in my engineering freshmen camp since the slots were full. Conveniently, it was being held over the weekend and this would be the best opportunity to free myself […]