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Alumni Retreats

Retreats are open to College of the Holy Cross alumni and spouses and will be held at the beautiful Thomas P. Joyce '59 Contemplative Center. Cost includes individual private rooms with bathrooms, all meals and materials needed for the retreat. There are limited resources for financial aid for those in need.

Joyce Contemplative Center with trees in the forefront

Spiritual Exercises for Alumni

An adapted version of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola, this five-day silent retreat will provide opportunities to experience the depth of God’s love for you and to discern how it is you wish to respond to God’s love in your everyday life. The retreat includes opportunities for daily spiritual direction, reflections by the chaplains, liturgies and ample time to pray, read, walk and be still. This retreat is offered for students but we will have a small number of spaces for alums. We will begin on Friday at 6 p.m. and conclude on Wednesday at 1 p.m.

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Silent Weekend Retreat For Alumni

An introduction to the First Principle and Foundation of St. Ignatius' Spiritual Exercises. This silent retreat invites you to experience the depth of God's love for you. The schedule includes an opportunity for spiritual direction, reflections by the Chaplains, liturgies and ample time to pray, read, walk, and be still.  We begin with dinner on Friday evening at 5:30 p.m. and conclude Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m. This retreat is offered concurrently with the first two days of the five-day Spiritual Exercises for students and alums. 

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Finding God in Life’s Transitions

This past year has brought enormous change to much of our lives. Changes in work, school, church, daily routines, socializing — you name it. At the same time, all of us experience change and transition regularly in our careers, relationships, health and natural stages of life. This retreat will explore life transitions, how we discern their meaning, overcome our fear and anxiety of the unknown, and encounter God on the way to something new. 

The retreat will include time for prayer, silence, free time to explore the beautiful grounds of the Joyce Contemplative Center, Mass with Fr. Jim Hayes, S.J., and conversation over delicious meals with friends old and new.  

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Nov. 5-7, 2021 | Register

Advent Day of Prayer For Alumni and Parents

As you enter into the Advent season give yourself the gift of slowing down, reflecting and paying attention to how God is with you and what you desire from God at this time.

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Dec. 4, 2021 | Register

The Bishop Healy Committee Retreat For Students and Alumni of Color

The Bishop Healy Committee will bring together students and alumni of color at the Joyce Contemplative Center for a weekend of community and reflection. Alumni, get some time away at the beautiful Joyce Contemplative Center and get to know our amazing current students!

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Men's Retreat for Alumni

Male students and alumni of Holy Cross are invited to gather together for a weekend of prayer, reflection, community and renewal. The men gathered will have the chance to connect with God, themselves and other Holy Cross men. We will begin on Friday evening at 7 p.m. and conclude Sunday morning by noon.

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Women's Retreat For Alumnae

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. We will begin on Friday evening at 7 p.m. and conclude Sunday morning by noon.

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Marriage Prep Retreat For Alumni

This retreat is for engaged couples and serves as the required pre-cana program in the Diocese of Worcester and most other dioceses. Over the course of the weekend you will have the opportunity to listen to the experiences of four married couples, have time alone and together as a couple to reflect on your hopes for your marriage, engage meaningful conversations with your future spouse, and learn more about the sacrament of marriage and the Catholic wedding liturgy. This program is for all couples getting married at Holy Cross and for couples who are not getting married on campus but at least one of whom is an alum of the College. We will begin on Friday evening at 7 p.m. and conclude Sunday at 1 p.m.

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