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.
We plan to continue our retreat program throughout the year. Kairos retreats will be held at Jesuit Retreat Center. Their newly renovated space will allow for physical distancing and all students will have individual bedrooms.
Wilderness and other retreats will be offered throughout the year. Campus Ministry is developing approaches to offering individual and group faith formation for students. Most retreatants will leave campus on Thursday morning and return Friday afternoon. In the event that the school must move to remote learning, all retreats are prepared to pivot to an online format.
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.
- Emmaus Retreat: A hiking retreat throughout the Cuyahoga Valley, the Emmaus retreat is inspired by the story of Jesus meeting the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. 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.