Retreats

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 Emmaus Retreat 

The Emmaus Retreat is a 3 day experiential retreat held at St. Xavier. The Emmaus Retreat focuses on relationships. Relationship with self, friends, parents, and most importantly God. Small group faith sharing, student led prayer services, Reconciliation, service projects, candle lit mass, and a closing ceremony are just a few of the highlights of the retreat. 

Sophomore Retreats

The Campus Ministry Department is pleased to offer a variety of retreat options in the sophomore year. The focus of the sophomore program is “the principle of sacramentality”: God’s grace is mediated through a variety of ways and symbols. Hence, sophomores have the option to choose from outdoors retreats, photography retreats, service retreats, meditation retreats, and other unique experiences. We believe this allows for greater flexibility, and hopefully the chance for students to enter into experiences that are of most interest to them. More information will be distributed and posted here as sophomore retreats are finalized for the 2023-24 school year.

Junior Retreats

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We are pleased to offer three options for the Junior Retreat:

Option 1 – Principle & Foundation takes place in the Pavilion of the Jesuit Spiritual Center in Milford.  The focus of this retreat is finding opportunities to slow down to become more present to God, self and others.  This day centers on interpersonal relationships and God's active role in those relationships. Small group sharing is a large part of the experience. The retreat begins at 9AM and concludes at 6PM.  Students are asked to drive themselves to/from the retreat center, or to be dropped off.  Retreat details will be emailed to all participants two weeks prior to departure.

Option 2 – For & With Others takes place at the Ozanam Center of St. Vincent DePaul - downtown.  This retreat centers on how we are called to share our gifts and talents in unique ways with those around us. We will hear how others have found their path toward making connections through serving others.  Small group sharing plays a large part in the retreat. The day concludes with a Eucharistic liturgy presided at by a member of the Jesuit community. We will begin at 9AM and conclude at 7:15PM.  Students are asked to drive themselves to/from the retreat center, or to be dropped off.  Retreat details will be emailed to all participants two weeks prior to departure.

Option 3 - The Montserrat Retreat takes place at the Jesuit Spiritual Center in Milford.  This day centers on interpersonal relationships and God's active role in those relationships. The retreat’s name is taken from the town where St. Ignatius committed himself to doing “great things” for Christ. Small group sharing is a large part of the experience. Our time concludes with a Eucharistic liturgy prepared by the students and presided at by a member of the Jesuit community. The retreat begins at 9AM and concludes at 6PM.  Students are asked to drive themselves to/from the retreat center, or to be dropped off.  Retreat details will be emailed to all participants two weeks prior to departure.

**The Junior Retreat is required for all members of the Junior class.  Registration will open on Monday, April 22 at 7PM.  All students must register before noon on April 26.

Senior Retreat - Kairos

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Since 1985, St. Xavier High School has been offering Kairos. These optional retreats scheduled seven times a year from Tuesday evening to Friday evening at the Jesuit Spiritual Center at Milford. Led 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.