Service retreats attempts to immerse St. Xavier High School students in a different culture where their experiences foster sensitivity and appreciation for the struggles of the poor and disenfranchised. This appreciation is becoming more critical in our increasingly diverse world.
Since the early 1970's, St. X service retreats help broaden the scope of community service and add another dimension to the moral, spiritual and intellectual formation of our young men and their chaperones. Simplicity of lifestyle is a hallmark of the retreats.
Appalachian Service Retreat
This retreat is a three-day experience in rural Appalachia cosponsored by Glenmary Volunteer Farm in Vanceburg, KY and is designed to acquaint St. X students with rural Appalachia's customs, way of life and gracious and welcoming people.
Service activities include housing rehab construction and visiting the elderly and disabled. Each evening concludes with a reflection around a bonfire in the midst of the rugged beauty of the Appalachian Mountains. This retreat typically occurs in January.