Why am I here? Deep down, what do I really desire? Where is God in my life? What difference do I make? The busyness of life at Holy Cross can be overwhelming. The retreat program offered through the Office of the College Chaplains provides you the time, the space and the opportunity to reflect on your life, your relationship with God, and what is important to you.
More than 700 students — or 25 percent of the student body — took part in a retreat or contemplative program at the Joyce Contemplative Center during the 2016-17 academic year. The Chaplains' Office also offers a number of retreats available to alumni.
The Escape Retreat
The Escape Retreat is a 24-hour retreat open only to first-year students. It is an opportunity for first-year students to get off campus, to slow down and think about their time at Holy Cross and how faith can become an integral part of the Holy Cross experience. The retreat is led by a team of students and chaplains. It is a great opportunity to meet new people outside of the residence hall and the Montserrat cluster, take some time away from campus, and to have the opportunity to really think about the first year at college. Questions? Email Escape.
Dates: Sept. 1-2, 2017, Sept. 8-9, 2017, and Sept. 22-23, 2017 | Cost: $55 | Register »
The Spiritual Exercises
What do you desire? What is God inviting you to? How do you integrate your faith with decisions you make in your life? What are the movements of your heart? Do you desire freedom and inner peace?
An adapted version of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, this five-day silent retreat is an opportunity for reflection and prayer.
In silence, you will be given the opportunity to reflect more deeply about your faith, the power of God’s love for you and your relationship to others.
In addition, time for personal prayer and reflection and liturgies, thematic talks are given by the Chaplain retreat directors to help assist in your faith journey. Questions? Email Spiritual Exercises.
Dates: Oct. 6-11, 2017, Jan. 16-21, 2017, March 2-7, 2018, May 16-20, 2018 | Cost: $125 | Register »
LGBTQ Retreat for Current Students and Alums
Holy Cross’s Weekend Retreat for current students and alums who identify lgbtq+ will take place in mid-October. The retreat will offer those attending the opportunity to connect with their story of self-identity and to listen to the stories and experiences of others. Guided by members of the Chaplains’ Office as well as Professor Emeritus Jim Nickoloff, those present will have the opportunity to slow down, to pray and reflect, to listen, and to have meaningful conversations.
The Manresa Retreat
Who are you? Who do you want to become? How has God been a part of your life? What have been the moments of struggle and happiness within your life? During this student team-led retreat you will have the chance to hear reflection talks given by other students on faith, self-identity, family, and relationships. As part of a small group, you will get to know other students through discussion and sharing. You will have the opportunity to journal and to be quiet as you reflect on where God is present in your life.
Manresa is the place in Spain where St. Ignatius, the founder of the Jesuits, had a major conversion. During the Manresa retreat, we hope that you have a conversion of mind and of heart; where you encounter God among the relationships in your life and your community. Questions? Email Manresa.
Dates: Nov. 17-19, 2017, March 23-25, 2018 | Cost: $75 | Register »
“Eat, Pray, Study”
Students are invited to step away from campus for a brief period of time to ‘Eat, Pray, and Study’ in the beauty of the Joyce Contemplative Center. The stress of campus around the time of finals can be overwhelming—students are invited to leave campus and do the studying in a quiet, serene, and beautiful setting.
Dates: Dec. 9-10, 2017, May 8-9, 2018 | Cost: $55 | Register »
This retreat offers a unique opportunity for students to connect with creative writing exercises. Participants will have the opportunity to consider their journey of faith and an understanding of who they are through various writing exercises. Through prayerful reflection and shared conversation, students will come to have a deeper understanding of themselves and their relationship with God.
Ignatian Weekend Retreat
Holy Cross’s Weekend Ignatian Retreat invites students into a weekend encounter with God’s love, and an opportunity to see how God is present in our daily lives. Through the experience of sacred silence, punctuated by chaplain talks, liturgy, the opportunities for spiritual direction, faith-sharing, and communal prayer, retreatants are invited to grow closer to God and deeper in faith.
Men’s Retreat for Current Students and Alums
This retreat will provide the opportunity for current male students and alums of Holy to gather together for a weekend of reflection, community and renewal. Through shared conversation, silence, prayer and reflection, the men gathered will have the chance to connect and reconnect with themselves and other Holy Cross graduates.
Women’s Retreat for Current Students and Alums
This retreat will provide the opportunity for current women students and alumnae of Holy to gather together for a weekend of reflection, community and renewal. Through shared conversation, silence, prayer and reflection, the women gathered will have the chance to connect and reconnect with themselves and other Holy Cross women.
Dates: April 6-8, 2018 | Cost: $75 | Register »