Retreats - An Encounter with Christ through Experience
"Retreats provide us a time not to escape from life, but rather a time to delve into the very soul and mystery of it."
In the tradition of the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, every student at Strake Jesuit takes time during each school year to nurture their unique spiritual lives in the form of a retreat. The retreat program is required regardless of religious affiliation as it is integral to the holistic growth we invite each student to - the formation of the whole person. Below are the links to sign up for the retreat and brief descriptions of each theme. Additional information can be found in the respective retreat links to the right-hand side and further details will be provided to each student.
Reminder for students:
Schedule: In line with the holistic formation, please take into account your events regarding athletic, extracurricular, etc.
Accountability: We will hold you accountable to your word as young men; changes will be made by the student contacting their classmates to switch their spots, up to a week before the retreat (expect Kairos). If you still have a conflict, please contact Fr. Wegenka as soon as possible.
Communication: If you have concerns, please take the responsibility of coming to the PMC office and we will be happy to assist you!
Freshman - Freshman Retreat - Christ in Brotherhood
"A brotherhood that is not solely rooted for itself, but in the love of God and God in all things."
... is a peer-led retreat led by fellow sophomore, junior, and senior Crusaders. It will be a three-day, two-night retreat that takes place at Strake Jesuit and helps freshman experience the welcoming presence of God's love and invitation through brotherhood. This retreat will welcome students to a brotherhood that is not solely for itself but rooted in the love of God and God in all things.
The Freshman Retreat is entirely designed, planned, and executed by students. It is a unique three-day experience that further welcomes freshmen to the Strake Jesuit to help freshmen experience God's love and deepen their relationship with Christ community with the following objectives:
- to allow upperclassmen to peer minister to the freshmen
- to provide each freshman with the opportunity to explore his own feelings, thoughts, and those of his classmates
- to introduce the freshmen to the philosophy of a Jesuit school
Retreat Schedule (2019-2020):
The Freshman Retreat for the 2018-2019 school year will take place November 23-25 (Sat-Mon). This retreat is mandatory for all freshmen, so keep this in mind when planning Thanksgiving trips. Here is a more detailed letter from the Retreat Coordinator.
Day 1: (Saturday)
Drop-Off: 2:00 PM at the Clay Atrium (by the Dining Hall)
Pick-Up: 10:15 PM at the Clay Atrium/Parking Lot
Comfortable Clothes (SJ Shirt)
Change of Clothes for Sports Time (Deodorant)
Day 2+3: (Sunday to Monday)
Drop-Off (Day 2): 8:45 AM at the Clay Atrium
Pick Up (Day 3): 12:30 PM at the Clay Atrium/Parking Lot|
3 Change of Clothes (for 2 days and 1 sports time)
1 Sack Lunch for Day 2
Note: No electronics, phones, iPads, watches, games, school work, etc.
The retreat itself consists of a series of activities done in small groups of seven or eight freshmen led by the Group Leader, who is a Junior or Senior. The activities include but are not limited to: sharing ideas, visiting a nursing home, participating in discussions with other teens and parents, participating in prayer sessions and liturgical events such as mass and reconciliation. To prepare for the retreat, the group leaders must participate in a series of Sunday training sessions totaling more than 40 hours and a two-day group-leader retreat held at the beginning of the school year.
The Core Group is responsible for the overall organization of the retreat. This group leaders designs the schedule and the activities for the retreat in a series of Sunday meetings held during the prior spring semester.
Other ways to help as a parent:
1. Spend some quiet time in prayer in front of the Blessed Sacrament in the Chapel located in the Jesuit Residences, sign up here!
2. Participate in the Parent Exchange activity highlighted in the letter above, RSVP here or just show up on Saturday, November 17th at 7:15 pm in the Clay Atrium.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact Fr. Wegenka at email@example.com.
Father & Son Retreat
"Experience holiness of everyday life through the Trinity in love of the Son and the Father, through the Spirit."
Join us for this opportunity for both father (or father-figure in Spirit) and son to grow in their relationship with each other and with God. We will engage in personal reflection, talks in regards with faith journeys, and one-on-one time between father and son.
Retreat Dates (2019-2020):
- September 27-28 (Fri-Sat)
- September 28-29 (Sat-Sun)
- October 11-12 (Fri-Sat)
- October 12-13 (Sat-Sun)
- January 10-11 (Fri-Sat)
- January 11-12 (Sat-Sun)
- February 7-8 (Fri-Sat)
- February 8-9 (Sat-Sun)
- February 21-22 (Fri-Sat)
- February 22-23 (Sat-Sun)
There are eight rounds of retreat for sophomores. However, you and your son will participate in only one round, and we can accommodate 35 pairs each retreat. The session will consist of a two-day/one-night stay at the Retreat and Leadership Center (directions in the link) and begins at 3:30 pm on the first day and runs until 12:00 pm the next day. As a reminder, each father/son pair will be responsible for transportation.
Note: that if you choose the Friday/Saturday retreat, your son will attend class Friday morning before being dismissed at noon to attend the retreat.
- Sleeping bag or twin sheets & pillow
- Change of comfortable clothes (jeans/long pants are recommended)
- Toiletries & Towel
- Comfortable shoes
- Snack to share with the group (bag of chips or crackers, etc.)
- Sweater and rain gear
- Fishing poles, games you enjoy, etc.
In the event that your father is unable to attend, students are encouraged to invite a grandfather, uncle, coach or teacher that can serve as a father-figure. If you have any questions, please contact Fr. Wegenka at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Encounter Christ in the cross and resurrection moments through the Love found in your own life."
Juniors participate in this reflective retreat to see the love of Christ working through their lives in both the joys and sorrows of life. Students share in profound moments and take the time to appreciate the Love found in their lives.
- K84: September 18-21
- K85: October 16-19
- K86: January 29-February 1
- K87: March 4-7
- K88: April 1-4
Senior Retreat Series - Christ in all things
Mission: To help senior develop as Christian leaders in our community through the example of Jesus Christ and the Saints, to go set the world on fire for the faith.
September 13th - 14th
*Limit of 60 students*
Mission: To help seniors explore various contemplative prayer styles as well as provide a time for the students to discern their unique vocations through silence (whether religious life, professional, and the like).
- November 6-8
- April 15-17
Mission: To help student become aware of God's love for us and his creation through hiking, outdoor activities, and guided mediation at a camp site.
- November 1-2
- December 6-7
- April 24-25
Where: State Park near Houston
*Limit of 20 student per retreat*
Mission: To help students encounter Christ through service to those most in need and be the face of Christ to the forgotten.
- October 29
- February 27
- March 11
If you have any questions, please contact Fr. Wegenka at email@example.com.