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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. 

Retreat Participation

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.

Ignite Retreat

A two-night retreat for 1st year students to step away from campus, meet new friends, and explore community learning to dialogue across difference. 

Dates: Ignite 1: September 13-15 Register ; Ignite 2: October 4-6 Register ; Ignite 3: February 21-23 Register


Sophomore Retreat 

"Tell me what it is you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” -Mary Oliver

Members of the class of 2021: Are you looking for the opportunity to slow down and consider your time at Holy Cross? Are you faced with decisions about your major? Should you study abroad? How do you want to spend your time? What is important to you? Are you satisfied with how your time at HC has gone so far? Through an introduction to some key elements of Ignatian spirituality, journaling and reflection, you will have the opportunity to pause and consider questions such as these and so many more. Give yourself the time and the space to slow down to pay attention to all that you desire.

Dates: November 15-17 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: October 11-16 Register; January 15-19 Register; February 28-March 4 Register; May 13-17 Register 


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: November 22-24 Register; March 27-29 Register 


Ignatian Yoga Retreat

Ignatian Spirituality and Yoga Retreat: Ease into a quiet weekend where you will have the opportunity to consider what you are grateful for, what you desire, and what keeps you from being the person you are called to be. Using the resources of Ignatian spirituality and Kripalu yoga, you will have the opportunity to become more self aware and more in tune with God’s presence in your life.

Date: February 14-16 Register


Study Retreat

“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: December 14-16 Register; May 4-6 Register


Women’s Retreat for Current Students and Alums

Women students and alumnae of Holy Cross are invited to gather together for a weekend of prayer, reflection, community and renewal. With a focus on feminist themes and perspectives, the women gathered will have the chance to connect with God, themselves and other Holy Cross women.

Dates: April 3-5 Register 


Men’s Retreat for Current Students and Alums

This retreat will provide the opportunity for current male students and alumnae 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 men.  

Dates: March 20-22 Register