Retreats

St. Ignatius of Loyola—as well as being the founder of the Jesuits and the legacy of Jesuit education at St. Louis U. High— is the patron saint of retreats. From the very beginning of the Society, St. Ignatius decided that Jesuits would become “contemplatives in action.” Being a contemplative in action is about more than just taking time out of one’s day to pray and reflect. It’s about an individual cultivating a deeper relationship with God by reflecting on how God has been accompanying him at a deep level, even if he hasn’t appeared directly engaged with God. Secondly, it’s about how the Holy Spirit perpetually transforms us into people more capable of love.

To know that St. Ignatius is the patron saint of retreats is to know about something that is central to any Jesuit vocation and ministry. Here at SLUH, retreats not only provide a break from intense academic demands, but they offer students the opportunity to grow in such levels of spiritual awareness about their relationship with God. The school desires to form our students to become young men appreciative of this legacy. As students leave SLUH after graduation, we want them to possess the necessary tools for a lifetime of growth in his relationship with God. Retreats are an essential layer of a larger breadth of formational experiences that SLUH offers to its students.

Beginning in the 2017-18 school year, all freshmen, sophomores, and juniors will be required to attend a retreat. Freshmen and sophomores have class-wide retreats, in November and April, respectively. Juniors will choose between one of nine choices, spread between August and June. For now, senior retreats will remain elective. The retreat programs also offers many opportunities for student leadership.

Any questions about retreats should be directed to Campus Minister Mr. Brian Gilmore, the Retreat Coordinator. He can be reached at (314) 531-0330 x2130 or bgilmore@sluh.org.

Four-Year Retreat Program

Freshman Year

Including their Direction Days, freshmen have two mandatory retreats. Direction Days are in early June before their initial activities at SLUH, and Freshman Retreat is in November, near the end of their first semester. The Philia Retreat is an optional retreat experience offered to students of all four classes.



DIRECTION DAYS

JUNE 7-8, 2017

Freshman Direction Days are an exciting SLUH tradition that unites members of the incoming freshmen class and helps get them started on a good foot at St. Louis University High School. Your son's Direction Days are required days that take place at the start of June, during the week before any summer classes or incoming freshman classes begin. The entire freshman class is to be on campus for both of the days.


FRESHMAN RETREAT

NOVEMBER 21-22, 2016

Freshman Retreat is another exciting event that occurs toward the end of a freshman's first semester at SLUH. Positioned in the November Retreat Week, this overnight retreat involves the entire freshman class as retreatants, many members of the Sophomore Pastoral Team as retreat crew, Senior Advisors as group leaders, and many members of the faculty and staff as special presenters. Freshman Retreat is held on campus and includes an overnight inside the school building.



PHILIA

FEBRUARY 13-14

The Philia Retreat is a two-day, one-night retreat that offers students an opportunity to consider issues of diversity from a spiritual perspective, and to build relationships with God and with classmates from all four years. Please contact Mr. Frank Kovarik at fkovarik@sluh.org for further information.

Instructions for Philia Retreat Registration:
1. Go to: connection.naviance.com/sluh
2. Log in with your Naviance account information
3. Click on the x2vol link in the left sidebar
4. Click on “Find Opportunities"
5. Click on the Philia Retreat
6. Click the sign-up button

Sophomore Year

The Sophomore Retreat in April is mandatory for the entire class and does not require any online registration. The Philia Retreat is an elective retreat offered to students of all four grade levels.


SOPHOMORE

APRIL 5-6

Sophomore Retreat asks sophomores to reflect back at their first two years at SLUH and set goals for their remaining two. It gears sophomores to be more involved and intentional in the relationships that involve their faith, classmates, friends, and family.


PHILIA

FEBRUARY 13-14

The Philia Retreat is a two-day, one-night retreat that offers students an opportunity to consider issues of diversity from a spiritual perspective, and to build relationships with God and with classmates from all four years. The Philia Retreat dates for the 2016-17 school year are February 13-14. Please contact Mr. Frank Kovarik at fkovarik@sluh.org for further information.

Instructions for Philia Retreat Registration:
1. Go to: connection.naviance.com/sluh
2. Log in with your Naviance account information
3. Click on the x2vol link in the left sidebar
4. Click on “Find Opportunities"
5. Click on the Philia Retreat
6. Click the sign-up button

Junior Year

Below are retreat choices for the current Junior Class. Registrations for all retreats are completed through a student's x2vol account, within their Naviance.

Instructions for Retreat Registration:
1. Go to: connection.naviance.com/sluh
2. Log in with your Naviance account information
3. Click on the x2vol link in the left sidebar
4. Click on “Find Opportunities"
5. Click on the retreat you want to sign up for
6. Click the sign-up button. Each retreat has particular forms that accompany them. Download and print any you see, and return them to Campus Ministry.

As a courtesy to other students, if you are no longer attending a retreat you signed up for, please repeat steps 1-5 and then click the "Cancel sign up" button.


ART

OCTOBER 25-26

The Art Retreat is a two day, one night, elective retreat for a small group of juniors and seniors. Its purpose will be to examine the ways that artistic expression can serve as a pathway to increased knowledge about the self, increased knowledge of the transcendent, and a deeper level of participation in the world around us. We welcome different forms of artistic expression, including the visual arts, poetry, movement, music, and acting.


TRADITIONAL JUNIOR

NOVEMBER 21-23 | JANUARY 16-18

The traditional junior retreat is a three-day, faculty-led retreat that takes juniors away to a local retreat house for a combination of small group discussion, faculty talks, quiet time, prayer, and liturgy.


SERVICE LEARNING

NOVEMBER 21-22

The Service Learning Retreat is an optional, two-day retreat for juniors or seniors that explores what it is like to be homeless in St. Louis. We will look at poverty from several angles in conjunction with Catholic Social Teaching in an attempt to gain clarity about how our faith leads to action in regards to these issues.


KAIROS

APRIL 4-7 | MAY 30-JUNE 2


Kairos is an optional, four-day, student-led retreat grounded in an incarnational spirituality of love and community. On Kairos, students join with members of the SLUH faculty & staff for community, liturgy, prayer, quiet reflection, and reconciliation. The name of the retreat comes from a Greek word that denotes "God's time" or "a time set apart." After attending the retreat, seniors are eligible to lead the retreat for their classmates or for the juniors in April or May.

Senior Year

Below are retreat choices for the Senior Class. Registrations for all retreats are completed through a student's x2vol account, within their Naviance.

Instructions for Retreat Registration:
1. Go to: connection.naviance.com/sluh
2. Log in with your Naviance account information
3. Click on the x2vol link in the left sidebar
4. Click on “Find Opportunities"
5. Click on the retreat you want to sign up for
6. Click the sign-up button. Each retreat has particular forms that accompany them. Download and print any you see, and return them to Campus Ministry.

As a courtesy to other students, if you are no longer attending a retreat you signed up for, please repeat steps 1-5 and then click the "Cancel sign up" button.


KAIROS

NOVEMBER 20-23 | JANUARY 10-13

Excluding leaders, there are no more Kairos retreats for the Class of 2017.


Kairos is an optional, four-day, student-led retreat grounded in an incarnational spirituality of love and community. On Kairos, students join with members of the SLUH faculty & staff for community, liturgy, prayer, quiet reflection, and reconciliation. The name of the retreat comes from a Greek word that denotes "God's time" or "a time set apart." After attending the retreat, seniors are eligible to lead the retreat for their classmates or for the juniors in April or May.


SERVICE LEARNING

NOVEMBER 21-22

The Service Learning Retreat is an optional, two-day retreat for juniors or seniors that explores what it is like to be homeless in St. Louis. We will look at poverty from several angles in conjunction with Catholic Social Teaching in an attempt to gain clarity about how our faith leads to action in regards to these issues.

For questions concerning the Service Learning Retreat, contact Mr. Nick Ehlman at (314) 531-0330 x2092 or nehlman@sluh.org.


PHILIA

FEBRUARY 13-14

The Philia Retreat is a two-day, one-night retreat that offers students an opportunity to consider issues of diversity from a spiritual perspective, and to build relationships with God and with classmates from all four years. The Philia Retreat dates for the 2016-17 school year are February 13-14. Please contact Mr. Frank Kovarik at fkovarik@sluh.org for further information.


ManresA

JANUARY 16-18

Manresa is an optional, three-day retreat in which seniors are invited to explore the power of prayer and reflection in silence in the tradition of St. Ignatius. The title of the retreat comes from St. Ignatius' experience at Manresa where, among other experiences, he sat down at the River Cardoner and began to find clarity about the purpose and direction of his life. Seniors are invited into personal prayer, group sharing and one-on-one conversation to talk about their lives and how God might be working in their lives as they look beyond high school.



ART

OCTOBER 25-26

The Art Retreat is a two day, one night, elective retreat for a small group of juniors and seniors. Its purpose will be to examine the ways that artistic expression can serve as a pathway to increased knowledge about the self, increased knowledge of the transcendent, and a deeper level of participation in the world around us. We welcome different forms of artistic expression, including the visual arts, poetry, movement, music, and acting.



WILDERNESS

APRIL 5-7

The Wilderness Retreat is a senior elective retreat where students explore the natural world as a pathway into prayer and connection with the divine. The retreat content is structured around a series of hikes that invite the senior into praying and reflecting on the following themes: facing one's fears, setting out on a journey, and communion with the created world.

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