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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

Fall: Friday, September 17-Sunday, September 19, 2021
Spring: Friday, January 28-Sunday, January 30, 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.

Choir Retreat

Friday, October 1-Saturday, October 2, 2021
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.

"Ignite" Ignatian Group Retreat

Friday, October 8-Sunday, October 10, 2021
Manresa Retreat Center
Cost: $25

This 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 Jim Roach at jim.roach@slu.edu or Erin Schmidt at erin.schmidt@slu.edu.

 
Connections Retreat

Friday, November 12-Sunday, November 14 2021
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.

Ignatian Silent Retreat

Tuesday, January 11-Saturday, January 15, 2022
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 Sue Chawszczewski at susanne.chawszczewski@slu.edu.

Halftime Sophomore/ Junior Retreat

Friday, February 4-Saturday, February 5, 2022
Location TBD

This day of reflection offers an opportunity for Sophomore and Junior students to reflect in a group setting on the time their SLU experience thus far and in the future. During the day participants will consider the questions "What Grounds Me?" and "What Am I Looking to Explore?" through talks, large group activities, small group discussions, and personal reflection.

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

  LGBTQ+ Retreat   

Friday, February 18-Sunday, February 20, 2022
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.

Nature Day of Reflection

Saturday, April 23, 2022
Location TBD

Build community and explore the love of God as experienced through the majesty of God's creation. Experience peace and rejuvenation as you pray, reflect and rest in the beauty of nature, and consider the ethics of care for our common home and for those whose environment is fragile and at risk.

If you are searching for spiritual connections in your life, but don’t necessarily align with organized religious traditions, this retreat may be the one for you. It fits the world-affirming, sacramental imagination of the Christian tradition but is also meant to be user-friendly for students who are not at home in organized religious settings.

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

Post-Immersion Day of Reflection

Saint Francis Xavier College Church Ballroom

Students who participate in campus ministry’s spring break immersion experiences gather to pray together, reflect on their experiences, learn from one another and celebrate the communities they engaged in their immersion experiences.

For more information, contact Michelle Verner at michelle.verner@slu.edu

Closing Time: Senior Day of Reflection

Sunday, May 1, 2022
Location TBD

Come for an evening to reflect on your SLU experience and what is next as well as enjoy a meal and have a chance to share with fellow seniors. For more information, contact Michelle Verner at michelle.verner@slu.edu.