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Student Retreats

Freshman/Sophomore Retreat

The Freshman and Sophomore retreats are unique, student-led retreats. Members of the Junior and Senior Peer Ministry Courses prepare a theme with accompanying activities. Recent themes for the retreats: "Be Not Afraid" and “Seek The Things That Are Found Above.” The date for the Freshman Retreat will be: Wednesday, September 6, 2023. The date for the Sophomore Retreat will be: Friday, May 17, 2024.

Junior Retreat

This year, Junior gentlemen and ladies will together attend the retreat that focuses on the various aspects of vocations. Traditionally, the retreat is held during Junior Week in the spring.

The retreat is coordinated and led by Bishop Shanahan faculty members, along with other adult leaders, who may include Alumni. Activities include: fun team building exercises with the students, liturgy, and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

It is the goal of the retreat to assist our students to become leaders which are needed in our world and community today and encouraging all students to be “People of God; People for Others." The date of the Junior Retreat will be Tuesday, April 2, 2024.

Senior Retreat (Kairos)

Kairos 68: December 1 - 4, 2023 (Malvern)
Kairos 69: February 9 - 12, 2024 (Malvern)
Kairos 70: March 15 - 18, 2024 (Malvern)
Kairos 71: April 26 - 29, 2024 (Elverson)

The Senior year retreat, Kairos, focuses on the call for students to be leaders, especially in the school community. Kairos, the Greek word meaning the "right time," or in theology, “the appointed time in the purpose of God,” is an intensive four-day retreat where Seniors open themselves up to God's love as well as the love of their family and friends.  Over the years it has become very popular among the students and continues to be one of the hallmarks of Senior year. ‚Äč

The spirit of the retreat is one of acceptance and love.  Kairos is an opportunity to grow in relationship with God, self, and others.  Retreatants come to recognize God's presence in all things: in music, nature, family, friendships, and especially Sacred Scripture and the Sacraments.  The Kairos retreat is based upon the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius Loyola and is specially adapted for high school.