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.

2013- 2014 Retreats:

Advent Art Retreat

Date:December 12

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 7-9

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 10

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.

Eucharistic Minister Retreat

Date: May, TBD

Cost: N/A

Description: This retreat is designed for our seniors who serve as liturgical ministers in our school community. The focus of the retreat is less on training, and more focused on spiritual formation and reflection—what does it mean to be a minister at the Lord’s table? This retreat is open to Juniors only.

Freshman Heritage Day

Date: October 16

Cost: N/A

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

 

Freshman Hiking Retreat

Date: September 13

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 16-18

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. This year’s keynote speakers include: Sarita Gupta, Kyle Kramer, Dan Misleh, Jame Martin, S.J., and Peggy O’Neill, S.C.

 

Immersion Day of Preparation

Date: February 2

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 15

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 26

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 24-27, December 3-6, January 21-24, February 18-21, 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 25-26

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 9, December 18, February 5, March 5, 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.

Senior Hiking Retreat

Date: April 3

Cost: $25

Description: A one day Hiking Retreat held for Senios as a capstone to their High School career. Our seniors will soon 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.

Senior Magis Retreat

Date: May 1-2

Cost: TBD

Description This overnight retreat is for seniors only, and will focus on the transition from high school to life beyond (ie., college, career, vocation, etc.); saying goodbye in order to say hello. Tools for life-long discernment, as well as celebrating our time at Walsh Jesuit together, will be the focus of this retreat.

Senior Silent Retreat

Date: Tentatively – May 27-30

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: March 27, 28, 31 and April 1, 2 (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 28-30

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 of all grade levels.