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 with their respective “house” at the Jesuit Spiritual Center at Milford.
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 2021-22 school year.
The Montserrat retreats are required two-day programs centering on interpersonal relationships and God's active role within those relationships. The name of this retreat is taken from the town in Spain where Ignatius of Loyola committed himself to doing “great things” for Christ. 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.
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.
Amigos Adventure Retreat
"Friends in the Lord" is the name Ignatius gave his band of companions when they set-out to work for the “good of souls.” This retreat is a journey itself; the retreatants will travel to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore of Wisconsin for a five-night retreat engaged in the sport and serenity of kayaking the islands. Open to rising seniors, it is wonderful opportunity to reflect on the grace-filled movements of the Grad-at-Grad in the life of the St. X student in the magnificent setting of Lake Superior.
This retreat is a two-night contemplative prayer retreat. It combines time of silence with some small group reflection and sharing. The Monastic-Contemplative retreat seeks to offer the retreatant the opportunity to find God on a deeper level through the practice of meditation, contemplation, and participation in the Liturgy of the Hours at the Trappist monastery, The Abbey of Gethsemani, near Louisville, KY.
Marrow Man Retreat
"I went to the woods... to suck the marrow out of life... " are the words of poet and naturalist Henry David Thoreau, from which this retreat derives its moniker. The Marrow Man retreat is a three-night retreat run in conjunction with the Culinary Club moderator and its focus is communing with God in the beauty of creation. Located in the Natural Bridge State Park area of Kentucky, this retreat combines the enjoyment of hiking and rock climbing with the deeper search for God.