Thanks to the generous donation of a magnificent tract of land less than 2 hours from campus, Strake Jesuit now has its own Retreat and Leadership Center, a facility that few private schools in the country could imagine.
The heart of Strake Jesuit’s spiritual development is the school’s extensive retreat program. The impact of this facility on that program is transformational. The facility allows the entire retreat program to grow significantly. While the Pastoral Ministry Office continues to offer their core retreats, clubs and sports teams will also hold their own retreats. These expanded retreat offerings have been extended to non-student groups such as the faculty and staff, the Dads’ Club, the Mothers’ Club, and especially Alumni groups.
In addition to retreats, the Center provides a great location for other group activities. As an example, athletic teams are able to take advantage of the facility using the center as a pre-season training facility or a team using the complex over a weekend to prepare before heading into the playoffs. The secluded nature of the center is ideal for important team and leadership building as well as emphasizing that God is in our life and in all things.
The property is located is Leon County, just west I-45 near Leona, Texas, and south of Centerville. The beautiful site features rolling hills, large trees, and access to a small lake. It is an ideal setting for students and faculty to encounter God in nature and to enhance their spiritual reflection and growth.
The facilities include:
- Eight individual cabins that can each sleep 10
- Dining Hall with a full kitchen
- Fleming Conference Center with breakout rooms
- Chapel of the North American Martyrs
- Nevle Reading Room
- Bunkhouse to provide housing for larger groups
- Ammons Outdoor Pavilion with basketball court
- Fr. Joe Doyle, SJ playing field
The Retreat and Leadership Center serves Strake Jesuit students by assisting in their growth and development into Men for Others
For more information about the RLC and opportunities for support, contact the Director of Development, N.J. Santarcangelo '67, at 713.490.8152 at firstname.lastname@example.org