In our Student Handbook, we note that:
As a "school for the Lord's service" (The Rule of St. Benedict, Prologue v. 45) that believes "that God invites us into a deeper relationship with Him," we seek to foster the spiritual development of our students and help them to grow in faith and love. One of the chief means of this effort is our school retreats… These retreats and "days of recollection" flow from the core beliefs of the school, are an expression of the school's mission, and serve to form Delbarton students in the values of the school...
For over 35 years, the Retreat Program at Delbarton has been an essential element of our efforts to educate the whole student in mind, body, and spirit. As a mandatory part of the program for every grade level, the retreats are curricular. Experience shows that these retreats provide unique experiences that enhance brotherhood and community, encourage spiritual seeking and faith development, and foster growth in virtue and Benedictine values. They are also places in which our upperclassmen shine as leaders in faith and service, passing on the rich heritage of Delbarton to their younger brothers.
All students in grades 9 through 12 will have the opportunity to register for their retreat at student orientation in August. Middle Schoolers attend as an entire class. Students are required to attend the full retreat for their grade level and the retreat takes precedence over academic and extracurricular activities. This makes sense for a variety of reasons. For example, the cumulative structure of the talks and activities is essential to the accomplishment of the goals of each experience. Additionally, it is the very nature of a retreat to step away from the daily routine, which, in the case of students, includes classwork, homework, and extracurricular activities.
The following is a listing and description of our retreat experiences.