Retreats

Walsh Jesuit Retreats

Campus Ministry offers diverse and dynamic retreat programming for students in each of the four years at Walsh Jesuit. Experience God through the Eucharist, prayer, nature, community building, service, meditation, relaxation, and fun. Please contact the Campus Ministry department with any questions.

The cost of each individual retreat will vary depending on many factors. Cost, however, should never prevent a student from attending a Campus Ministry sponsored retreat. Financial aid through the “Xavier Fund” is always available to those who qualify.

Advent Art Retreat

Date: December 18, 2014

Cost: TBD

Description: Immersed in the Advent season, students will have the opportunity to use their artistic abilities to connect with and grow in their faith. This retreat is open to students of all grade levels.

Arrupe Leaders Summit

Date: March 6-8, 2015

Cost: ~$250

Description: The ISN Arrupe Leaders Summit invites emerging student leaders and faculty from Jesuit high schools nationwide to deepen their understanding of “a faith that does justice,” share ideas and resources for social justice programming, and become empowered to effect positive social change in their local and global communities. This retreat is open to Sophomore students only.

CSPJ Rally for Life

Date: October, 2014

Cost: $5

Description: Students travel to downtown Cleveland to celebrate mass with the Bishop and talk about life issues with students from all over the Cleveland Diocese. This rally includes a march to Public Square and a public witness of student feelings/reactions to all life issues. This retreat is open to students of all grade levels.

Empower Our Leaders Retreat

Date: September 5, 2014

Cost: N/A

Description: This retreat is reserved for the students selected to be members of the “Retreat Leadership Team” for the upcoming school year. These students embark on a retreat to focus on what it means to be a leader, inside and outside of the retreat they lead.

Freshman Welcome to WJ Day

Date: August 20, 2014

Cost: N/A

Description: This is a class welcome and retreat for all freshmen, which focuses on what it means to be a student at a Jesuit High School. Students get to know fellow classmates, while also discussing opportunities to become involved in the school, their own faith life and the lives of our wonderful Jesuits.

Freshman Hiking Retreat

Date: September 22, 2014

Cost: $25

Description: A one day Hiking Retreat held for Freshman as a kick start to their Freshman year. Freshman will be embarking on a new journey, so the idea of this retreat is to reflect on their past experiences in order to prepare for their future. We do this in an outside setting, allowing us to focus on seeing God in all things.

Ignatian Family Teach-In

Date: November 15-17, 2014

Cost: ~$400

Description: On November 16, 1989, six Jesuits, their housekeeper and her daughter were murdered at the Jesuit University in El Salvador. Each year, on the anniversary of their deaths, the Ignatian Solidarity Network holds this event in Washington D.C. where thousands of students from Jesuit colleges, universities, and high schools learn about issues of peace and justice.

Immersion Day of Preparation

Date: February, 2015

Cost: N/A

Description: This retreat prepares all of our students going on Immersion experiences over the summer, and throughout the school year, for their experience. The focus of the retreat is on Catholic Social Justice Teaching & Principles, examining our motivations for service, and building community with our immersion experience group. This retreat is open to Sophomore and Junior students who have been accepted as Immersion Experience participants.

Immersion Day of Reflection

Date: August 11, 2014

Cost: N/A

Description:This retreat is a follow-up to the Immersion Day of Preparation, and provides an opportunity to reflect on the student’s immersion experience, in order to integrate this experience into one’s daily life. Personal & group reflection, dialogue, trip pictures and stories are used to examine our immersion trip experience in light of what it means to continue to become “men & women for others.” This is the beginning of our reflection, and is followed up by Immersion CLC groups. This retreat is open to Junior and Senior students who are Immersion Experience veterans.

Jesuit Day of Service

Date: April 25, 2015

Cost: N/A ($10 for a JDOS t-shirt)

Description: Each year students, alumni, parents and friends of Jesuit institutions across the Cleveland/Akron area come together to serve the community as one united force. Service includes a wide range of activities ranging from gardening, cleaning, moving or simply being present. ALL are welcome. This retreat is open to students of all grade levels, families and alumni.

Kairos Retreat

Dates: September 30 – October 3, 2014, December 2-5, January 20-23, February 17-20, April 8-11

Cost: $250

Description: Kairos, the Greek word meaning the “God appointed moment in time,” is a four day retreat for Juniors and Seniors to examine their lives, their relationship with God, and with others. This retreat is composed of various talks given by students and adults, personal & small group discussion, and various other activities. This retreat is open to Juniors and Seniors only.

Kairos Leadership Retreat

Date: August 17-18, 2014

Cost: N/A

Description: This retreat is reserved for the student Kairos leaders for the upcoming school year. These 60 students embark on a retreat to focus on what it means to be a leader, inside and outside of the Kairos retreat they lead.

Kairos 4th Day Meetings

Dates: October 15, December 17, February 5, March 11, April 30

Cost: N/A

Description: These retreat follow up meetings are for all Kairos veterans, and is the sequel and follow-up to Kairos; focusing on living out the insights and transformation that occurred on Kairos. The idea is to not let our experience of Kairos fade away, but to continue to build on it each and every day. This retreat is open to all Kairos veterans.

Spring Hiking Retreat

Date: April 10, 2015

Cost: $25

Description: A one day Hiking Retreat held for all students as a capstone to their year. Our students will soon be embarking on their summer, so the idea of this retreat is to reflect on their past experiences in order to prepare for their future. We do this in an outside setting, allowing us to focus on seeing God in all things.

Senior Silent Retreat

Date: May 25-29, 2015

Cost: TBD

Description: This retreat is by invite only, working with students who are ready to take a big next step in their faith. This is a week-long SILENT retreat in which students work with a spiritual directory and a adapted version of the spiritual exercises.

Sophomore Retreat

Date: April 22, 23, 27, 28, 29 (Sophomore class is split into 5 groups, one per day)

Cost: N/A

Description: This is a mandatory class retreat for all Sophomore students which focuses on the transition from underclassmen to upperclassmen, how we can become leaders of the school and how God fits into our everyday lives. This retreat provides students with tools grow within themselves, with their fellow classmates and of course in their faith.

 

Urban Plunge Retreat

Date: October 27-29, 2014 & March 2-4, 2015

Cost: ~$100

Description: Students are given the opportunity to live a life of simplicity, diving deeper into the issues of poverty and hunger in our community. Site visits include the Akron Catholic Worker, The Urban Farm and participation in the Labre Project. This retreat is open to students