Retreats are a time for students to step back from their busy schedules and reflect on God and self. Prayer time, group activities, discussion, and personal prayer time are included in all retreats.
Each year at Marian, students participate in a class retreat. Each retreat has a different concentration that allows participants to further explore their relationship with God and others. The retreat themes are connected to the theology curriculum that the students are studying. Therefore, the topics the students are exploring in the classroom become the basis for small group discussions and other activities during their retreats.
While the freshmen take part in two retreats on campus, the sophomores and juniors spend their retreat days at sites away from school. The seniors are offered an overnight retreat that begins to focus them on the transition of their faith life from high school to college.
Upperclass students also have additional occasions to participate in smaller and more contemplative retreats off campus. The emphasis of these retreats is on individual spiritual reading, meditation, and prayer.
Each retreat opportunity helps to foster and develop students’ spiritual growth during the years they attend Marian.