Student Retreat Program
This is an overnight retreat held at Cheverus mid-October. The retreat centers on the ideals of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Talks are given by seniors entitled “Why Are You Here”, “Who Am I” and “God’s Love”. A guest speaker gives a talk entitled, “You Don’t Know Me, Until You Know Me.” It is a time for personal reflection and a time to build community with their class through small group activities, reflection, games and activities. The next morning the students participate in a community service day ending the retreat by witnessing what it means to be a person with and for others.
The retreat begins with the 7:15 a.m. Mass held in the Cheverus Chapel. The Sophomore retreat focuses on relationships, especially friendships. Through the experience of a guided meditation, a variety of trust exercises and rock climbing, the sophomore is challenged to recognize the risk and task involved in friendships and how discipline, trust, goal setting, and cooperation can help them to overcome obstacles to a mature relationship with others and with God. By sharing their own experiences and growth, seniors act as peer ministers to their fellow students. The day ends with reflecting on their experiences of the day. Sophomore retreats are held on “C” days, January through February.
The retreat begins with the 7:15 a.m. Mass held in the Cheverus Chapel. The students reflect on the importance of family in their lives through their years at Cheverus. The students are given personal reflection time and engage in small group discussion. They explore how God is present in family and friends. Junior retreats are held on “C” days, September through November.
The following options are given to seniors:
- A day of reflection surrounding issues of fairness, justice and injustice: The retreat begins with the 7:15 a.m. Mass held in the Cheverus Chapel. The students experience the plight of the poor by doing service at the Preble Street Soup Kitchen. They learn about the injustices against the poor and homeless and engage in discussion and prayerful reflection.
- Kairos: Kairos is a four-day retreat. Kairos means “God’s time.” Kairos begins after school on Tuesday and ends early Friday evening. The team -- composed of students and faculty who have experienced a Kairos -- give several major talks during Kairos. There are activities to promote and build community, to foster trust and openness, and to encourage reflection. There is an additional fee for this retreat. Kairos is offered four to five times throughout the school year.