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Deepen your sense of community and spirituality to begin your time at John Carroll! Spend time off campus overnight reflecting on your faith and building relationships with other first-year students. Junior and senior students will facilitate large and small group sessions and prayer/reflection exercises. There will also be ample time for community-building activities and getting to know each other.

The retreat is rooted in and introduces students to Ignatian spirituality, especially the Principle & Foundation. Manresa, Spain, is one of the places where Saint Ignatius stopped on his journey, and it was 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 team of diverse students and offers ample time for large and small group discussions and activities, as well as individual prayer and reflection, communal prayer, 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. 

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

As your time at JCU comes to a close, why not 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 at with lunch on campus with a faculty/staff guest who has mentored you and then a reflective exercise. Lunch and dinner included! This will take place during Senior Week.