Freshmen Retreat: “Take Flight”
The Freshmen Retreat sets the tone for all future pastoral experiences. Newly revised for the 2010-2011 school year, this retreat is led by members of the Campus Ministry staff along with members of the Senior class selected to serve as retreat coordinators and small group leaders. The Freshmen class will truly experience the theme, “Take Flight,” as they reflect on the importance of having a strong faith life throughout their high school years. Freshmen gather in small groups and spend one night at the home of their Senior leader, where they participate in small group activities centered around the goal of “taking flight into their faith.” The following day, small groups are brought together to continue the retreat with community-building and faith sharing activities, including witness talks, affirmations, additional small and large group discussions, and a special retreat Mass.
Dates: January 16-17 and January 17-18
Location: Day 1 - DSHA and Senior Homes; Day 2 - Christ King Parish Center (2604 North Swan Boulevard Milwaukee, WI 53226)
Permission Slip: retreat field trip freshman
Sophomore Retreat: “Through the Turbulence”
As Sophomores continue to acclimate their lives to high school their faith becomes more real. Sophomore retreat fosters reflection on how God can help you through all of the joys and sorrows of your daily life. With a strong focus on self-awareness and identity, Sophomore Retreat is designed to help students better understand how they can contribute to the communities of which they are a part.
Dates: February 27-28 and February 28-March 1
Location: Soref Center (Trails End Rd, Fredonia, WI)
Permission Slip: retreat field trip sophomore
Junior Retreat: "Present to the Spirit"
This weekend overnight retreat is an optional experience for members of the Junior class who wish to further develop their relationship with God. Held during the Lenten season, this retreat provides students with a much-needed break from their busy lives to focus the story of Mary and Martha. By examining their life through this lens, students begin to discover the extent to which they are open to God’s presence in their lives. Retreat participants spend time listening to witness talks and through a series of small group discussions, they learn from one another about how to slow down and “take time out” for the things that truly matter in life.
Dates: April 14-15
Location: Vincent Palloti Center (N6409 Bowers Road, Elkhorn, WI 53121)
Senior Retreat: “Saying Yes”
Senior Retreat invites students to “Say Yes” to God in all that He is asking them to be and do. Seniors take a look back through their four years of high school and before, once again, trying to decipher the ways in which God has be present to them, guiding them through the events of their lives. With the focus on the Annunciation and Mary’s “Yes” to God, senior retreat is about embracing what is to come with open arms, knowing that God will be with them as they move into adulthood.
Dates: November 1-2; November 8-9; November 15-16
Location: Cedar Valley Retreat Center, West Bend, WI
Permission Slip: retreat field trip senior
Campus Ministry offers a variety of multi-grade level, optional retreats each year for all students. Some of these experiences include “Called to Serve- Campus Ministry Retreat,” “Urban Plunge,” and other day and weekend opportunities.