In the tradition of the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, students at Strake Jesuit take time during the school year to reflect on, promote and develop their spiritual lives. This applies to all members of the student body, regardless of religious affiliation.
Freshmen: The retreat takes place over a weekend, both on and away from campus, and is conducted by highly trained sophomores, juniors and seniors.
Sophomores: The Father & Son Retreat is an opportunity for both father and son to grow in their relationship with each other and with God. The retreat consists of reflective talks, time for prayer and personal reflection, and one-on-one discussion about the pursuit of Christian manhood.
Juniors: This retreat is an "Urban Pilgrimage" in which each student will continue his spiritual formation by following in the footsteps of St. Ignatius as a pilgrim. The retreat begins with an overnight at the Retreat and Leadership Center. This evening of prayer and reflection helps prepare the retreatant to participate in service in the downtown Houston area the following morning. The retreat concludes with a walk around downtown Houston with stops at a few prominent locations, allowing each student to continue to reflect on his own personal spiritual journey.
Seniors: The Kairos Retreat facilitates a profound experience of God and community. Students spend four days at the Retreat and Leadership Center, where they share with one another their own stories-stories of profound moments in their lives when circumstances force them to confront the question of God's existence and/or benevolence as they never have before.
Seniors also have to option of attending the Senior Graduate Silent Retreat, which takes place during the week between final exams and graduation. This three-day, two-night retreat provides an atmosphere for each student to experience and grow in different methods of prayer.