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Rest: Retreats and Days of Reflection

Retreats and days of reflection offer you a chance to pause and take a deep breath. For just a day or two, you can step away from your hectic life on Saint Louis University's campus to reflect on who you are, who God is, how God knows and loves you, and how to respond to that love.

Nature retreat

Explore the wonders of God’s creation while hiking, stargazing and sitting around a campfire with friends during the weekend nature retreat.

Retreats and days of reflection are also an opportunity to meet new people and find support for living a spiritual, faith-filled life. Diverse in focus, setting and length, campus ministry retreats are spiritually refreshing and rooted in the teachings of St. Ignatius, the founder of the Jesuits.

A Fresh Look Retreat
  • Friday, September 2-Sunday, September 4, 2022
  • Friday, September 16-Sunday, September 18, 2022

Manresa Retreat Center
Cost: $25

If you're new to SLU as a first-year student, this retreat is specifically created and designed for you. Through community building activities and story sharing, this retreat provides you a chance to take a fresh look at your life: who you have been, and who God desires you to be in your future. Within this retreat community, you will also explore the concept of gratitude, and the ways that you — through a variety of approaches to prayer — can encounter and converse with God in everyday life.

This retreat is led by a team of selected sophomore leaders; these leaders will draw upon their own faith journeys, personal experiences, insights and lessons they've learned to help you make sense of the early moments of your life as a college student.

Contact Jim Roach at jim.roach@slu.edu or Christy Hicks-Aydt at christy.hicks@slu.edu for more information.

Register for the 2022 Fall Fresh Look Retreat

"Ignite" Ignatian Group Retreat

Weekend of October 7, 2022
Manresa Retreat Center
Cost: $25

This one-night retreat offers an introduction/deepening to some of the key aspects of Ignatian Spirituality in a group setting. During the retreat, participants will be invited to explore the Ignatian pillars of prayer, discernment, reconciliation and “Finding God in All Things” through talks, large group activities, small group discussion and time for personal reflection.

For more information, contact Erin Fitzpatrick at erin.schmidt@slu.edu.

Choir Retreat
  • Friday, October 21, 2022
    Saint Francis Xavier College Church
  • Friday, March 24-Saturday, March 25, 2023
    Manresa Retreat Center

Grow in community and in faith through sharing your love of music. Open to members of SLU’s Sunday Evening Student Mass choir, this day of reflection will offer times for shared prayer, conversation in small groups, recreation and of course, song.

For more information contact Sally Iocca at sally.iocca@slu.edu.

Connections Retreat

Friday, November 11-Sunday, November 13, 2022
Manresa Retreat Center
Cost: $25

Interested in building healthier, deeper and more authentic relationships in your life? The Connections Retreat invites you into an exploration of how God is calling you into greater vulnerability, courage and authenticity in your relationships with your friends, family, romantic partners and yourself. Through small groups and reflection activities you will have the opportunity to dive into the themes of identity, vulnerability, shame, loneliness, attraction, sexuality, boundaries and intimacy through a lens of faith.

For more information, contact Cynthia Enghauser at cynthia.enghauser@slu.edu or Becca Muder at becca.muder@slu.edu.

Ignatian Silent Retreat

Tuesday, January 10-Saturday, January 14, 2023
Manresa Retreat Center
Cost: $50

The Ignatian Silent Retreat offers an introduction to the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola. During the retreat, you will be invited to explore the Ignatian style of prayer by reflecting inward and taking a closer look at your own individual experience of God through the use of imagination and scripture. You will meet individually with a spiritual director to reflect on and discuss your prayer experiences.

For more information, contact Cynthia Enghauser at cynthia.enghauser@slu.edu or Michelle Verner at michelle.verner@slu.edu.

Fraternity-Sorority Life Retreat

Friday, January 28-Saturday, January 29, 2023
Manresa Retreat Center

  LGBTQ+ Retreat   

Friday, February 3-Saturday, February 5, 2023
Manresa Retreat Center

This retreat is centered around the LGBTQ+ experience, particularly how LGBTQ+ identities interact with religion and spirituality. It is primarily for LGBTQ+-identifying and questioning students, but we welcome heterosexual, cisgender-identifying people who are engaged in accomplice/ally work with the LGBTQ+ community. The retreat will take the format of talks, small groups, solo time, reflections and activities. The retreat will be led by students from SLU's Rainbow Alliance and staff members.

For more information, contact Patrick Cousins at patrick.cousins@slu.edu.

Senior Evening of Reflection

Sunday, May 7, 2023
Saint Francis Xavier College Church

Come for an evening of reflection on your SLU experience and what is next. Enjoy a meal and an opportunity to connect with fellow seniors.