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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

Nearly 750 students — nearly a quarter of the student body — took part in a retreat or contemplative program at the Joyce Contemplative Center or online during the 2019-20 academic year. The Chaplains' Office also offers a number of retreats available to alumni.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, retreats at the Joyce Contemplative Center are not currently being offered.

Ignite Retreat

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

Dates: TBA

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: TBA

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: TBA

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: TBA

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: TBA

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: TBA

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: TBA 

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: TBA