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In beginning your time at John Carroll, seize the opportunity to deepen your sense of community and spirituality!  Spend time off campus reflecting on your faith and building relationships with other first-year students. Upper class students will facilitate large and small group sessions and prayer/reflection experiences. There will also be ample time for community-building activities and getting to know each other.

This retreat is rooted in and introduces students to Ignatian spirituality, especially the Principle & Foundation, found in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. When St. Ignatius arrived in Manresa, Spain, he experienced a time of great reflection on his life, his limitations, and his love for God. This retreat is open to students of all faith backgrounds; NO prior retreat experience is required. The retreat is led by a diverse team of students and offers large and small group experiences, group building activities, times of individual prayer reflection, communal prayer experiences, and free time.

JCU has been a pioneer in offering an eight-day silent retreat to college students. The retreat is based on the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius Loyola, which has profoundly influenced the lives of countless people since the 16th century. Information sessions will be offered in late October for those considering the retreat, which takes place the last week of Winter Break. 

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The Crossroads Retreat is centered around the theme of discernment. Retreatants will explore the topic through panels and student-led talks and small groups.

During “Senior Week” (the time between the last day of Finals and Commencement), as your time at JCU comes to a close, this is an opportunity to spend some quality time with friends remembering the important events, persons, and experiences of these years together while also sharing prayer, hopes, questions, and ideas for the future. The day begins with lunch on campus, together with a faculty/staff guest who has mentored you during your time at Carroll. This is followed by an experience of prayer/reflection, some breakout sessions, and a reflective exercise. Lunch and dinner included!

Students on a retreat.

Retreat Funding Request

A fund established to offset the cost of having retreats/days of reflection.