Saint Ignatius High School

Retreats

All students complete class retreats as freshmen and sophomores before making an overnight retreat junior year. Seniors are granted opportunities to lead retreats, like Kairos or Wilderness, which are based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.

I feel good strengthening my relationship with God. That gives me hope that I carry throughout the day.

Tyler Kidd ‘20
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Retreats are a central spiritual experience in the life of a Saint Ignatius student.  This is a privileged time to reflect on one's life journey and consider how God is continually inviting us into a deeper relationship.

Over four years, all students will have the opportunity to focus on developing their relationship with God through participating in Freshman Spirit Day, a Sophomore prayer group, and making a retreat during Junior and Senior year.

Retreat Options

A variety of retreat options are available to students of all four years. Upperclassmen are required to make one overnight retreat, usually Kairos or Wilderness. Seniors are invited to apply for the opportunity to lead these retreats.
  • Kairos: The most popular overnight retreat, this four-day, three-night experience takes students to the Jesuit Retreat House in Parma to enjoy “God’s time.” Each day asks a question about the student’s relationship with Jesus and seeks to help students begin answering those questions. Saint Ignatius has run more than 200 Kairos retreats. Open to: Juniors and Seniors.
  • Wilderness: In Pennsylvania’s Allegheny National Forest students discover God in creation and in community with each other. No hiking or camping experience is required, but students should be ready for a “rugged” outing during the four-day, three-night trip. Most gear is provided, and retreatants must attend two orientation meetings before the trip. Open to: Juniors and Seniors.
  • Genesee Abbey: A Trappist monastery in rural upstate New York is the site of this quiet, prayer-filled retreat. Participants pray the Liturgy of the House with the monks and learn about Lectio Divina, the traditional Benedictine practice of scriptural reading, meditation and prayer. Open to: Juniors and Seniors.
  • Jesuit Life Retreat: Student participants travel to Chicago to learn and experience more about what life as a Jesuit is like. An interest in Jesuit life or the priesthood is not required, but students with these interests are encouraged to apply. Open to: Juniors and Seniors.
  • Sophomore Retreat Day: Early in the spring semester, sophomores take a day off campus for an all-class retreat that introduces many of the ideas and concepts that will expand on their junior-year retreat. With the theme of “On the road to Montserrat,” students deepen their understanding of the life of Ignatius.
  • Freshman Spirit Day: Held in the fall, all freshmen participate in this day of prayer, recreation and exploration. Led by teachers and upperclassmen, students learn more about the campus and Ohio City neighborhood, share in prayer together, and bond as a class.
  • Campus Ministry

    Overseeing faith programs is Campus Ministry, which plans and leads retreats, school liturgies, mission trips, social justice initiatives, and leadership opportunities in these areas.

  • Theology Department

    From the history of the Church and the Jesuits, to Scripture, prayer, morality, and the life of Jesus Christ, the Theology Department helps young men understand and grow in their Catholic faith.

Campus Ministry Staff