Retreats are an important part of promoting the spiritual growth of students, faculty, and staff. Campus Ministry facilitates retreats at least once a year for each grade level. All students are required to attend their grade’s retreat. These retreats are held at school, off campus, on weekends, or overnight.
There are two retreat opportunities for 9th grade students.
Our first retreat offers a chance for students to build community and reflect on their spiritual life. The focus of this retreat is the Jesuit value (charism) of cura personalis – care for the whole person.
Our second retreat is a half day of team-building at the Boy Scouts’ Base Camp in St. Paul. On this retreat students have the opportunity to get to know each other better as they participate in small group activities and rock climbing. Download a participant waiver here.
Students in 10th grade will have an opportunity to participate in a day-long retreat hosted by our community partners, Youth Frontiers. The theme of this retreat is Respect, and it allows our students to continue to foster positive relationships with their peers and reflect on the Jesuit value (charism) of cura personalis. This retreat is facilitated by the Youth Frontiers staff with the support of the Ignite Team.
Students in 11th grade experience a day-long retreat that promotes the Jesuit charism of Men and Women for Others and gives them a chance to practice being Contemplatives in Action. They spend the day learning about and reflecting on a social justice issue that they care about. They then work together in groups to develop action plans, which they can later implement as part of their service requirement. This retreat is led by the Ignite Team, school staff, and alumni.
Seniors participate in a three-day, two night retreat in the spring. This retreat, known as Kairos, is led by the Ignite Team, school staff and alumni. Kairos gives seniors a chance to reflect on their high school experiences and where God has been present in their lives, and helps get them ready to follow Ignatius of Loyola’s decree to “go set the world on fire."