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 campus to reflect on who you are, who God is, how God knows and loves you, and how to respond to that love.

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 Day of Reflection

Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 9-10, 2017

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 the day with your peers and with staff members reflecting together on the relationship between your life and your work — your vocation.

For more information, contact Robert Murphy, S.J., at murphyre@slu.edu.

Ignatian Companion Workshop

September 17, 2017
Eckelkamp Center for Campus Ministry

Looking for a deeper understanding of Ignatian prayer and Spirituality? Join us for this 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. half-day experience to delve deeper into Ignatian practices of prayer and contemplation.

Registration is open now - sign up here!

For more information, contact Robert Murphy, S.J., at murphyre@slu.edu

A Fresh Look Retreat

Friday-Sunday, Sept. 29-Oct. 1, 2017
Manresa Retreat Center
Cost: $25

If you’re new to SLU, this could be the retreat for you. Through group activities, sharing and common prayer, this retreat provides first-year students the chance to take a fresh look at where they have been, where they are now and where they desire to be in the future. The retreat is led by a sophomore team whose members share their own experiences and offer insight and perspective to help make sense of the early days of college life.

Campus Ministry is now accepting student leader applications for the 2017 Fresh Look retreat. All current first-year students are eligible to apply here. The retreat is led by a sophomore team whose members share their own experiences and offer insight and perspective to help make sense of the beginning days of college life.

For more information, contact Jim Roach at jamesroach@slu.edu.

Nature Retreat

Friday-Sunday, Oct. 6-8, 2017
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 pcousin1@slu.edu. 

Choir Day of Reflection

Friday-Saturday, Oct. 27-28, 2017
Manresa Retreat Center

Grow in community and in faith through sharing your love of music. Open to members of SLU’s 9 p.m. 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 Sean Dineen at dineensp@slu.edu.

"Iggy" Ignatian Group Retreat

Friday-Sunday, February 16-18, 2018
Manresa Retreat Center
Cost: $25

Take time to explore the foundations of your faith and your relationship with God through a personal encounter with Jesus Christ. Led by a team of students, faculty and staff, this uplifting weekend retreat consists of inspiring talks, small group discussions, time for personal prayer and sacrament.

For more information, contact Patrick Cousins at pcousin1@slu.edu. 

Upper Room Day of Reflection

Friday-Saturday, February 4-5, 2018
Manresa Retreat Center
Cost: $10

Join the Upper Room Praise and Worship community for a day of contemporary worship music, adoration, prayer, talks and fellowship.

For more information, contact Erin Schmidt at fitzpael@slu.edu.

Ignatian Silent Retreat

Tuesday-Saturday, Jan. 9-13, 2018
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 Christy Hicks at hickscm@slu.edu.

SLU Unplugged

Tuesday Feb. 7 and Wednesday April 19, 2017
7:30-9 p.m., Spring Hall chapel

Two evenings of silence, free for all SLU students. Snacks will be provided. Contact Christy Hicks at hickscm@slu.edu for more information.

Sign Up for One or Both Evenings

Connections Retreat

Friday-Sunday, November 3-5, 2017
Manresa Retreat Center
Cost: $25

Connections is a retreat that invites students to explore themes such as relationships, shame, vulnerability, sexuality and more, all while discussing how God is present in these areas of your life.

For more information, contact Robby Francis at rfranci7@slu.edu. 

Post-Immersion Day of Reflection

Saturday, April 8, 2018
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 John Burke at burkejf@slu.edu.

Senior Retreat

Friday-Saturday, September 15-16, 2017
Manresa Retreat Center
Cost: $10

Calling all seniors: This simple day of reflection includes community, prayer and reflection on your years as a college student. You’ll also have time for personal and communal discernment about life and faith after SLU.

For more information, contact Jen Petruso at jpetruso@slu.edu. 

Liturgical Minister Day of Reflection

Friday-Saturday, February 23-24, 2018
Eckelkamp Center for Campus Ministry

All lectors, servers, hospitality ministers and extraordinary ministers of holy Communion are invited to reflect together on their liturgical service through prayer, conversation and community.

For more information, contact Erin Schmidt at fitzpael@slu.edu.