Forming the faith community is at the heart of retreat work. Empowered by the Spirit states “the faith community seeks to gather those who wish to serve others and to bring healing to those in the academic world who are restricted by artificial barriers and wounded by alienating practices.” Retreats offer students, faculty and staff opportunities to get away from the stress of the academic world to connect with others and with God in meaningful ways. Retreats allow people to quiet themselves, get centered, and embrace the sacred in each other and God.
Campus ministers know the transforming power that retreats have on all involved. Empowered by the Spirit states, “In the ideal community of faith, the Mystery that rules over our lives is named and worshiped. Dedication to Christ is fostered, and openness to all truth, goodness, and beauty is maintained. The life of the Spirit is nourished and discussed. Positive images of God, Christ, Mary, and the afterlife warm the heart and structure the imagination. The common good is emphasized and personal development encouraged.” Retreats form ideal communities of believers. Retreats lead participants into the mysteries of their lives, create a safe place to open-up and grow, and make real God’s love and care for each of us.
The following websites show a variety of retreats that you can use at your university. Many of these links are to Catholic universities because their budgets allow for a greater number of and diversity in retreats. Retreats from these universities can be modified to fit your needs.
Online Retreat & Daily Reflections
Creighton University is known for its online retreat and daily reflections site. They also post seasonal reflections and prayer aids.
Freshmen Retreat & Online Registration
Georgetown University has great examples of online registration and freshmen retreats.
Latino Students, Talk About Race, Encounter with Christ & Many Others
The University of Notre Dame has an extensive list of retreat offerings including Encounter with Christ, Latino Students Retreats, Learning To Talk About Race Retreats, and many more.
Busy Person's Retreat
Excellent article on these retreats with helpful guidelines.
Adventure Retreat & Retreat Resources
Creighton University offers two Adventure retreats. They have many of their retreat schedules and sessions posted for easy access. They also have a small group facilitator’s workshop posted. Click on Retreat Resources to find them.
Year in College Retreat
University of Scranton has a retreat specified for each year in college.
Handicapped Encounter Christ
Villanova has an extensive retreat program including a regular Handicapped Encounter Christ retreat.
Multi-Cultural Student Leadership Retreat
University of Minnesota, Morris has an example of a multi-cultural student leadership retreat.
Retreat Locations & Opportunities
The Jesuits site helps you quickly find retreat houses and retreat opportunities.
Find the Divine is a comprehensive website of retreat centers in the northeastern part of the U.S.
Catholic Retreat Houses is a general site to search for retreat houses in the United States and other countries. There are also options for online retreats.
Retreat Finder is a great site that lists retreat centers from all over the world. You may search for specific retreats, houses and types of retreats.