Freshman Retreat

Freshman Retreat

Only one volunteer slot is still available. It is Friday from 3:45 p.m. to 6 p.m. serving dinner to our boys. 

Please double check the SignUp Genius (link) for your assignments. Reminder emails will also be sent. 

If you are serving Saturday lunch (11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.) and plan to park in the garage, you must park along the perimeter. 
The center of the garage is the staging area for Dad drivers.

Freshman parents, please make the time to join your son Friday evening for one of the weekend highlights, the Parent Exchange, and then enjoy time to gather with each other at the parent reception following. We look forward to seeing so many of you there.

Please remember to keep our freshmen and our student leaders in your prayers during this very special time of brotherhood and spiritual renewal.

Thank you in advance to all our volunteers who will be assisting during our upcoming Freshman Retreat weekend (1/13-1/15). 

  Gonzaga Freshman Retreat

Gonzaga Freshman Retreat 2017

Thank you for signing up to assist us with the Freshman Retreat. Gonzaga mothers play an important role in the success of this retreat, which is scheduled for the weekend of Jan. 13-15, 2017. This is a spiritual weekend for our freshmen and a leadership opportunity for our sophomores, juniors, and seniors. The retreat leaders and the grounds crew begin training on Sunday afternoons several weeks prior to the retreat. On those Sundays, WE NEED YOUR HELP at lunch time with food donations, set up, serving, and clean up of the meals. You can make or buy the food. We will be serving 70-100 people depending on the day so we plan on catering the main dish, with the exception of our December 4, 2016 training where we are seeking donations of homemade or purchased baked ziti. During the retreat weekend, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Jan. 15 through Jan. 17, we are looking for food servers for the boys' meals and the freshman parents' supper. Note: this is Martin Luther King Weekend, and there are no classes on Friday. Our greatest need is always Friday afternoon/evening when we serve the boys at 4:45 p.m. and parents at 6:45 p.m. Please consider signing up for one or both of these time slots. Freshman parents: Please note that Friday evening you will be invited to take part in the retreat so we ask that you not volunteer for this time slot. Please click on the date or dates that work best for you. Please do not cancel your commitment but you may request a date swap if necessary (on signup page). If you have any questions, please email Lisa Opipari-Arrigan or Annmarie Edwards at

Location: Cafeteria
Created by:  Freshman Retreat Moms

Freshman Retreat - January 13-15, 2017
Who are the GMC chairs of the Freshman Retreat?
 Julia Cashmere, Annmarie Edwards, Lorena Egan, Lisa Opipari-Arrigan - You can contact us at .


 What is the role of the GMC for the Retreat?  SIGN UP to HELP
As the preparations are made for the retreat, the GMC provides Sunday lunches to the team leaders (upperclassmen at Gonzaga) during their training.
The retreat officially begins on Friday, January 13, and this is when the GMC will roll into action. Our role for the retreat is to handle the set up, serving and clean up for the following meals: Friday lunch (for retreat leaders and grounds crew), Friday dinner (for all freshmen, retreat leaders and grounds crew), Friday evening Parent Reception (250 people), Saturday breakfast (leaders and grounds crew), Saturday Lunch (freshmen and grounds crew), Saturday Special lunch (leaders), snacks for the chaperones, Sunday breakfast (all freshmen, leaders, and grounds crew), and Sunday lunch (leaders and grounds crew). In addition, we supply treats to all freshman parent drivers. GMC and GFC provide the drivers. GFC provides the overnight chaperones.
Special Note: This is a retreat designed for the boys so we do our best to stay in the background and let our boys enjoy this time with their friends and their leaders. Freshman parents are welcome to help out on Saturday and Sunday. Please be aware that on Friday evening you have your own activities.
The Freshman Retreat is a two and a half day retreat for the entire freshman class. It begins on Friday, January 13th at noon and ends mid-day Sunday, January 15th. The retreat takes place at Gonzaga and includes sleeping over on Saturday night at Gonzaga. All Freshman parents will receive a letter from Gonzaga Campus Ministry that will contain information regarding the retreat, including a list of things to pack, description of the activities, and contact information. The retreat is lead by a team of junior and senior leaders and the emphasis is on “Our Journey Together”. Many boys say this is the highlight of their time here on Eye Street. The retreat really is a special time on Eye Street. 
Retreat Schedule - Below is an approximate timeline for the retreat. The specific times will be outlined in the parent letter mentioned above.
Friday, January 13: 
12 Noon - All freshman report to Gonzaga – PLEASE have lunch BEFORE you come.
Dinner - Dinner will be served at Gonzaga to all freshman and leaders.
5 pm - Parents are invited to a special retreat event at Gonzaga
7 pm - Parent Reception held in the Lower Commons. Supper is served
8:30 pm - The freshman are excused to their parents. Please be prompt for dismissal home.
Saturday, January 14:
Early Morning - Freshman report back to Gonzaga
Lunch and Dinner are provided for the freshmen and the leaders. Individual groups of freshmen will be transported by Gonzaga parents to Gonzaga family homes for dinner.
Overnight at Gonzaga
Sunday, January 15:
Breakfast provided at Gonzaga for all freshman and leaders.
Freshman will remain on retreat until they are dismissed on Sunday January 17 around mid-day.
We look forward to a great Retreat Weekend!