Drawing from Jesuit and Catholic tradition, retreats are based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. In the Spiritual Exercises, St. Ignatius encouraged the retreatant to reflect upon his/her life and upon God’s presence in each day. Brebeuf believes that God is active in each person. As students gain a deeper understanding of their lives, they discover how God is acting in their lives and they can more sincerely “find God in all things.”
Each retreat begins with the focus of knowing yourself and trying to answer the question of “Why Am I Here?” or “Why go on a Retreat?” The answer always goes back to the First Principle and Foundation of the Spiritual Exercises—we are to know ourselves, know God – and our lives should be a witness to that gift we have been given. Or, as we say in our school’s mission statement: “…Students at Brebeuf Jesuit are called to discover and cultivate the fullness of their God-given talents as a responsibility and as an act of worship.”
“Retreats at Brebeuf, although having a religious background, go beyond helping you grow in faith; they encourage you to mature into a whole person. Through the retreats and especially Kairos, I was given the opportunity to grow not only as a person, but as a leader. My experiences as a retreatant and as a leader evoked a deeper sense of compassion and love for all those around me, not only for the people of Brebeuf, but also for the people I come into contact with everyday.” Samantha Bennett ’15
Freshman Retreat – “Loving”
Freshman Retreats are held at Waycross Episcopal Conference Center, Morgantown, Ind.
- September 7-8, 2017
- October 26-27, 2017
- November 16-17, 2017
- March 1-2, 2018
This is a ninth grade spiritual experience designed to give the student continued appreciation for the presence of God in everyday life – a mixture of fun times, serious time, working together and praying. This retreat also includes physical trust activities.
Sophomore Retreat – “Open to Growth”
Sophomore Retreats are held at Waycross Episcopal Conference Center, Morgantown, Ind.
- November 9-10, 2017
- March 8-9, 2018
- March 22-23, 2018
During this retreat, sophomores take time to look at themselves and the challenges they face. Brebeuf Jesuit seniors join Campus Ministers and Brebeuf Jesuit staff members to lead students in experiences of personal sharing and listening in a religiously supportive atmosphere.
Junior Retreat – “Finding God in All Things”
Junior Retreat is held at Waycross Episcopal Conference Center, Morgantown, Ind.
- March 15-16, 2018
Students grow in interacting with peers in a trusting and supportive way, building a sense of community, identity and support. This retreat focuses upon interpersonal relationships and God’s active role within those relationships as students share their values and concerns. Brebeuf Jesuit seniors join Campus Ministers and Brebeuf Jesuit staff members in leading this retreat.
Kairos Retreats are held at Fatima Retreat House in Indianapolis.
- Kairos 101 – September 12-15, 2017
- Kairos 102 – September 26-29, 2017
- Kairos 103 – January 30-February 2, 2018
- Kairos 104 – February 6-9, 2018
- Kairos 105 – April 24-27, 2018
Kairos helps students grow in self-knowledge and self-esteem in an atmosphere of particularly strong peer and adult support. Students grow in their understanding of their relationships with friends, family and God. Students who have made Kairos have found it to be one of the best experiences of high school. A follow-up program helps students continue their growth.
Space is limited on retreats; students must turn in applications promptly. Students are taken on a first-come, first-served basis. If too few students (less than 25) sign up for a particular retreat, the retreat may be cancelled and deposits returned.
Fees for the retreats vary from $175 to $260. If your student needs a financial scholarship in order to attend a retreat, please contact the Campus Ministry Office at 317.524.7109.
Help is available and we want your child to attend his or her class retreat.
Students of varied faiths and religious backgrounds are welcomed and respected on all of these retreats. Leaders and retreatants alike speak from their own faith experience.