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General Retreat Information


The retreat program challenges students to grow in their faith, with experiences being offered each of their four years.  Juniors and Seniors are also called upon to offer valuable peer leadership for the Freshman and Sophomore retreats. The retreat program is unique in that all retreats take place during the first week in January. 

This schedule allows our community to have focused reflection prior to the start of the second semester.  Freshman & Sophomore retreats are one day experiences and Juniors have an overnight retreat.  Seniors have the option of going on an overnight retreat or taking part in Kairos which is a four day/three night experience.

Sign-ups for Junior retreat will take place in mid-September. The students have three date options for this retreat.  Seniors have until September 10, 2014 to sign up for their senior retreat.  There are two Kairos date options as well as a senior retreat.  

Freshman Retreat

The Freshman Retreat focuses on values and the title is, “If You Don’t Stand for Something, You Will Fall for Anything.”  Images, symbols, as well as, audio and video clips are used to introduce this topic.  We address values and priorities,  compromising our values to fit in, how our values shape our identity, how media and pop culture can impact our values and most importantly, how God comes into play in all of this.   

January 6, 2017
Arrive at Sunset Community Ctr: 8:30 a.m.
Pick Up from Sunset Community Ctr: 3:00 p.m.
Location of Retreat: 
Sunset Community Center
3915 S. Lindbergh Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63127
 
Bring an item of significance with you.
Bring your own lunch. 
Drinks will be provided.

Sophomore Retreat

The Sophomore Retreat focuses on friendships and the challenges of peer pressure.  The title of this retreat is ‘Telling your Story.”  The premise is that we all have our own unique story to tell and some of us may be like open books for the world to read, while other girls may have chapters of their lives hidden for no one to know about.  It is easy to walk up and down the halls each day thinking that classmates have it together or that their lives are “perfect,” but the reality is that we have insecurities.  We all have been hurt by friends, family or relationships.  We all have judged and been judged where we want to admit it or not.  The good news is God will never wrongly judge us or hurt us and most importantly, God is with us through every page of our story. The retreat is broken up into chapters covering peer pressures, changing friendships, their relationship God in the midst of high school and fitting in and lastly, what goals they have for their sophomore class in light of the retreat. 

January 2, 2017
Arrive at UA, New Gym:  8:30 a.m.
Pick Up from UA, New Gym:  3:00 p.m.
Location of Retreat: UA, New Gym
Bring your own lunch.
Drinks will be provided.

Junior Retreat

The Junior Retreat is an overnight experience with the theme of “Go light Your World.” This retreat invites the students to reflect on the gifts they have and then challenges them to find ways to make a difference by sharing those gifts in their world.  This retreat is written to compliment the Junior level Theology curriculum.  First semester theology is a social justice class, second semester theology is Modern Prophets, and then the last two weeks of the school year are spent at their Junior Service project. 

Sign-ups for Junior Retreat take place on September 23, 2016 at 9:35am in the auditorium.  This is first come, first serve.  

January 2-3, 2017
Meet at UA: 1/2/17 at 8:00 a.m.
In the Auditorium
Return to UA: 1/3/17 at approximately 12:30 p.m.
Location of Retreat: Todd Hall Retreat Center, Columbia, IL 
Remember to bring personal items for an overnight experience and a pillow if you want your own.
Linens, pillows and towels are provided.

or

January 4-5, 2017 
Meet at UA: 1/4/17 at 8:00 a.m.
In the Auditorium
Return to UA: 1/5/17 at 12:30 p.m.
Location of Retreat:  Todd Hall Retreat Center, Columbia, IL
Remember to bring personal items for an overnight experience and a pillow if you want your own.
Linens, pillows and towels are provided.

or

January 6-7, 2017
Meet at UA: 1/6/17 at 8:00 a.m.
In the Auditorium
Return to UA: 1/7/17 at 12:30 p.m.
Location of Retreat:  Todd Hall Retreat Center, Columbia, IL
Remember to bring personal items for an overnight experience and a pillow if you want your own.
Linens, pillows and towels are provided.

Kairos Retreat

The Kairos Retreat is the Senior Retreat option and it is a 4 day/3 night experience that focuses on the student’s relationship with God, self, and others. Kairos is a Greek term meaning "God's time." This is a four-day, student-led retreat that takes place off campus. The Kairos Retreat is a religious retreat program grounded in the Christian theology of incarnation, our Christian belief that God is very much a part of our real world, especially through the continuing presence of Jesus Christ. Kairos is an experience of a Christian community, with a series of talks given by both peers and adults. Prayer and self-discovery are essential parts of this program as well as the retreatants' involvement in discussions and other exercises.

Our God has always tried to make His love visible and incarnate, as indeed he did in Jesus Christ. The talks of the Kairos program are grounded and centered around the revelation of God's love in our lives and the ideals through which one can grow. In this context, the experience of prayer and values, as well as the growing awareness of and commitment to the spirit of Jesus the Christ, allows the retreatant to live her faith in a meaningful way.

You must complete the sign-up form for Kairos by September 9, 2016.  


January 4-7, 2017 
Meet at UA: 1/4/17 at 2:45 p.m.
In the Auditorium 
Return to UA: 1/7/17 at 2:00 p.m.
Location of Retreat:
Pallottine Renewal Center
Florissant, MO 
Remember to bring casual clothing, your own shower supplies, if you prefer your own blankets/pillows.
Snacks and soda for everyone to share (2 Liter soda; bag of chips, granola bars, fruit, vegetables, etc.)  
We will create a “community snack” table.  
You may also want to bring a swimsuit and towel to use at the indoor pool.

or

January 12-15, 2017
Meet at UA:: 1/12/17 at 2:45 p.m.
In the cafeteria
Return to UA: 1/15/17 at 2:00 p.m.
Location of Retreat:
Pallottine Renewal Center
Florissant, MO 
Remember to bring casual clothing, your own shower supplies, if you prefer your own blankets/pillows.
Snacks and soda for everyone to share (2 Liter soda; bag of chips, granola bars, fruit, vegetables, etc.)  
We will create a “community snack” table.  
You may also want to bring a swimsuit and towel to use at the indoor pool.