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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. Note that these programs are currently on hiatus due to COVID-19 precautions.

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.

Medical School Retreat

Life in medical school can seem all-consuming, but there is more to your life. You wonder how you will do it all. You want to grow spiritually. You anticipate having a family life, and you need time for a social life and for quiet. How do you integrate all of this into the person you will be as a physician? Spend this overnight retreat with your peers and with staff members reflecting together on the relationship between your life and your work — your vocation.

For more information, contact Christy Hicks at

A Fresh Look Retreat

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.

For more information, contact Fr. Joe Laramie, S.J. at - we hope you can join us!

Nature Retreat

Babler State Park
Cost: $25

Explore the wonders of God’s creation while hiking, stargazing and sitting around a campfire with friends during this weekend retreat in the Missouri woodlands. 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 and includes an optional Catholic Mass but is meant to be user-friendly for students who are not at home in organized religious settings.

For more information, contact Patrick Cousins at 

Choir Day of Reflection

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

Connections Retreat

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. Sign up today at!

For more information, contact Cynthia Enghauser at

Ignatian Silent Retreat

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

"Ignite" Ignatian Group Retreat

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 or Erin Schmidt at

Liturgical Minister Day of Reflection

Eckelkamp Center for Campus Ministry

All lectors, servers, hospitality ministers, extraordinary ministers of holy Communion, and music ministers are invited to reflect together on their liturgical service through sharing a meal, prayer, and conversation.
*Other opportunities for individual ministries to reflect will be available at other times throughout the academic year.

For more information, contact Erin Schmidt at

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

Senior Day of Reflection

Saint Francis Xavier College Church

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