Cosette Fehribach of Ferdinand, 17, left, carried her bags to the dormitory room after checking in at registration on Saturday morning. Upon arrival, participants check in and surrender their car keys and cell phones for a weekend free from distractions. Participants and volunteers eat, sleep and shower at the church. Rachel Mummey/The Herald
Anna Michel of Evansville, 26, has denoted the years in which she has particiapted in TEC by etching them into the back of a cross. Participants receive the cross upon completion of the three-day retreat. Rachel Mummey/The Herald
Craig Gehlhausen of Jasper, 23, center, tried to tag Joe Paul Hayden of Huntingburg, 20, left, as they played a game called Ninja with, clockwise from back left, Sarah Wichman of Washington, 19, Keith Dewig, of Haubstadt, 24, Kyla Schwinghammer of St. Henry, 17, Brad Tretter of Evansville, Eric Gehlhausen of Jasper, 18, and Anna Bittner of Fort Branch, 22, last Saturday at the gathering of Teens Encounter Christ in the cafeteria at St. Mary Catholic Church in Ireland. The three-day religious retreat sponsored by the Evansville Diocese offers reflection, discussions and prayer designed for young adults. Rachel Mummey/The Herald
Sara Mehringer of Dubois, 17, center, played an ice-breaker name game with Bonnie Meadows of Ireland, left, Sam Baker of Washington, 17, Lynn Falcony of Evansville, 26, Michael Hayden of Huntingburg, 19, Madalyn Schadler of Evansville, 18, and other participants Saturday in the church cafeteria. Rachel Mummey/The Herald
Tiffany Singer of Ferdinand, 18, left, hugged Lindsay Barth of Jasper, 21, between activities Saturday. Both had participated in previous TEC weekends and returned to volunteer. Rachel Mummey/The Herald
Michael Demuth of Ferdinand, 20, left, Sabrina Kordes of St. Anthony, 19, Tiffany Singer of Ferdinand, 18, Alicia Betz of Schnellville, 18, Joe Paul Hayden of Huntingburg, 20, and Brad Tretter of Evansville held up posters spelling out Ã’TEC #86Ã“ after taking a group photo Saturday in the church sanctuary. Each poster had a special meaning behind its drawing. Rachel Mummey/The Herald
Bonnie Meadows of Ireland, left, Heather Hoffman of Jasper, 23, and Kyla Schwinghammer, of St. Henry, 17, walked across church grounds Saturday between activities. Although Southwest Indiana TEC is a regional event, the outings are almost always at St. Mary in Ireland.
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