The Freshman Retreat is led by the Salesian Leadership Campers – seniors – who have been trained in the spirituality of St. Francis De Sales and how to share that spirituality through leadership. This takes place during Freshmen Orientation Week on September 2, 2015. There is no cost to this retreat.
Sophomore Retreats are one-day service retreat that will take place on December 16, 17, and 18, 2015. Students spend the morning going to one of several locations near Bishop Ireton to do service. In the afternoon, they reflect on their experiences and what it means to do service as Christians. Students will be assigned retreat days, which will be communicated through their respective history classes this year. There is no cost for this retreat and students are required to wear their uniform.
Junior Retreats are one-day retreats focused on the importance of rooting our Catholic Faith in our daily lives. This year’s retreat location is Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Alexandria. The theme for 2015 is "Anchored in Hope." These retreats will be led by the nationally recognized retreat program "NET MINISTRIES" and will happen on October 7, 8, and 9, 2015. Juniors that have not already signed up for or attended a retreat this year (Camden, or a summer retreat approved by Campus Ministry) are expected to attend one of these retreats in order to fulfill their retreat obligation as stated in the handbook. Students will be assigned through their history classes.
Senior Retreats are a full school day of spiritual reflection at the Franciscan Monastery, which will take place on February 18, 19, and 20, 2016. This year, the program designed by the Office of Campus Ministry will focus on the difficult process of transitioning to college, and connecting to faith in what is for most people, the biggest change of their lives. The Senior Retreat is mandatory for all Seniors who have not already attended a retreat this year (namely, Fall Kairos, Camden, or an approved summer). More information will be distributed to students via their history teachers in advance of the retreat days.
FORMS: Permission forms for the Sophomore, Junior, and Senior Retreats were distributed in the summer mailing and are due, along with the retreat money, to Campus Ministry during Orientation Week. If you have not received one or misplaced your copy, please contact Fr. Bresnahan or Mrs. Perez.
Kairos is a four-day retreat where students are invited to reflect on God’s love of themselves, others, and how they can bring God’s message back to their communities. All Seniors and Juniors are invited to sign-up this year. Cost is $300. Location: Summit Lake Christian Camp, Emmitsburg, MD
- Kairos 7: November 7-9, 2015
- Kairos 8: March 16-19, 2016
More information and permission forms will be made available TBD. Please check back at our page in the near future.
Camden Service Retreats are open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Students travel via public transportation to Camden, NJ to work with a service organization called DeSales Service Works, which helps a local neighborhood in one of the poorest cities in the country. Students who attend a Camden Retreat fulfill their service hour and retreat requirements. Sign-ups begin in early September at Mrs. Perez’ office. If the maximum amount of spots are reserved, a waiting list will be made available as drop-outs may occur. Additionally, seniors who have not yet gone to Camden on the waiting list will have priority. The cost is $125 (this includes a donation to DeSales Service Works).
Camden Retreat Options:
- October 15-17, 2015
- December 3-5, 2015
- April 14-16, 2016
- May 19-21, 2016 (no seniors)
- June 16-18, 2016
Questions? Contact Mrs. Fatima Perez or Father Ed Bresnahan.