The retreat program at St. Xavier is designed to give students at each grade level opportunities to develop spiritually by recognizing God in the people and events of their lives. This is one of the most direct ways we fulfill our mission of helping students bring their faith values to their daily lives. A variety of activities are used to bring students together and to help them reflect on Christian values and teachings: liturgies and prayer services, peer leadership, music, films, presentations, journal, quiet prayer time, recreation, small and large group discussions and sharing.
Freshman Retreat Days
The focus for this day comes from the Jesuit emphasis on recognizing God in all things. This one-day retreat program asks each freshman to reflect on and pray about the ways in which God is acting in their academic, athletic, extracurricular, social activities and in all their relationships. Each freshman participates in one of these five days at the Jesuit Spiritual Center at Milford. (See the Aug. Newsletter for a further description.)
Sophomore Retreat Days
The Campus Ministry Department is pleased to offer the Sophomores a variety of options to select from when choosing their retreat. This should allow for greater flexibility, and hopefully the chance for students to enter into experiences that are of most interest to them. For further information please click on the highlighted link below.
Junior Retreats - Montserrat
The Montserrat retreats are required two-day programs centering on interpersonal relationships and God's active role within those relationships. Small group sharing plays a large part in these retreats. The first day ends with a Eucharistic liturgy prepared by the retreatants and presided at by a priest from St. Xavier. These retreats are conducted ten times a year at the Jesuit Spiritual Center at Milford by their staff with proctors from our faculty.
All retreats start at 8:00 am. You will meet in the chapel with your luggage at 8:00 am. You will return to school about 3:30 pm on the second day. It is school policy that all juniors must make a retreat at the Milford Retreat Center.
These are optional retreats scheduled seven times a year from Tuesday evening to Friday evening at the Jesuit Spiritual Center at Milford. Lead by a faculty director and a team of faculty and student leaders, these highly successful retreats have been adapted for high school from the Cursillo model and are widely employed at secondary schools across the country. For more information or to register, please click on the highlighted links below.