Retreats

Retreats

FRESHMAN RETREAT

Serving as a kind of “spiritual orientation” to the Delbarton community, this retreat explores the Benedictine values that animate every aspect of Delbarton, as well as their relationship to the daily life of the students. A mandatory part of the freshman program, this retreat is led by one of the student Campus Ministers and a team of ten juniors and seniors, who give the talks and lead the prayer experiences. The Sacraments of the Eucharist and Reconciliation are also a part of every retreat experience. Students will often look back on their freshman retreat as a key moment in their years at the school. Click here for a medical release form and important letter to the families of retreatants.

SOPHOMORE RETREAT

Sophomore year, as a time of transition, comes with special challenges. This spiritual experience, which is a mandatory part of the Sophomore program, serves to help students navigate this transition, strengthen communication with their parents, and make healthy decisions. This retreat is led by one of the student Campus Ministers and a team of ten juniors and seniors, who give the talks and lead the prayer experiences. The Sacraments of the Eucharist and Reconciliation are also a part of every retreat experience. Parents are invited to join in a special activity on Sunday morning of this retreat that is recognized by all involved as fun and funny, as well as deeply enriching. Click here for a medical release form and important letter to the families of retreatants.

DAYS of RECOLLECTION

Middle schoolers, juniors, and seniors attend a Day of Recollection – a day off campus as a class to explore themes of faith and life. The Middle School Day of Recollection is led by the six seniors who comprise the Campus Ministry Team. The junior and seniors Days focus upon themes that bear particular importance for the faith and human development of students of these grade levels, and are led by faculty, alumni, and guest speakers. Click here for a medical release form.

KAIROS

An optional retreat, open to juniors and seniors who want to “go deeper” in their faith and grow in their relationship with God, or are perhaps simply seeking the transcendent in their lives. KAIROS, one of the Greek words for “time,” indicates not so much the passing of chronological time as a special or opportune time. In the Scriptures, KAIROS always refers to a time when God breaks into our time and history. This retreat, developed in the Jesuit tradition but mildly “Benedictinized” for our school, is quite different from our other offerings. It is voluntary, off-campus, and open to and led by both students and faculty, as well as is characterized by a more mature presentation of faith and in-depth reflection on one’s life. Those who have attended KAIROS retreats, both students and teachers alike, have attested to its power and consider it to be one of the best experiences of the Delbarton community they have ever had! Click here for a medical release form.

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