Each school year, students are required to attend a faith-building retreat experience. St. Francis' retreat program is progressive in that it builds one on the others. With prior permission, parish retreats are acceptable to meet this requirement, however, it is recommended that students take advantage of the retreats offered internally. All of these retreats are organized and directed by a team of adults, as well as student leaders who work as peer ministers to their fellow classmates.
Freshman Retreat: Theme, “A Day with Francis”
During the students’ first year, they are immersed in the life, legacy, and tradition of St. Francis. Accordingly, their first official retreat experience familiarizes them with Francis as a person. Considering Francis started a brotherhood and was passionate about the Gospel, this retreat is a fun, high-energy day anchored by live music and guest speakers. The purpose is to enliven students with an appreciation for who St. Francis of Assisi was, along with fostering a deep sense of brotherhood among fellow classmates.
Sophomore Retreat: Theme, “Soar”
The sophomore retreat is a one-day retreat that challenges the students to “soar” in various aspects of their lives. Through an amazing high ropes and low ropes program, students will be encouraged to go above and beyond their own obstacles and limitations. By working with their other brothers, facing their own fears, and rising up to encounter God, students’ spirits will soar, and they will truly touch the sky.
Sophomore Retreat Online Sign-Up Letter and Form: http://tinyurl.com/q49waam
Junior Retreat: Theme, “Emmaus”
he Junior “Emmaus” Retreat is a more intensive, two-night, three-day retreat experience. The goal of this retreat is to help the hearts of young men burn with the love of Christ, as they navigate their own journeys of faith. Using “The Road to Emmaus” as our Scriptural basis, students will gain incredible insight and reflect theologically into where they’ve been, and where they are headed.
Senior Retreat: "Kairos"
Junior Retreat Online Sign-Up Letter and Form: http://tinyurl.com/nfkfogx
Seniors participate in a four day, three night experience of God, self, and others. This retreat, which embodies the essence of Franciscan theology, God becoming a human being, is peer ministry based (seniors and graduates), and involves parental support throughout the experience. Kairos synopsizes experientially what has been taught theoretically in the religion classes.
Senior Retreat Online Sign-Up Letter and Form: http://tinyurl.com/nvduzq4
*Retreat forms are also available in the Franciscan Spirit and Life Office located in the 100 Building.