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Retreat Program

Judge Memorial Retreat Program

The Catholic Faith has a long history of encouraging and developing retreats. Traditionally, retreats are a time to "strip away" outside influences so that those on the retreat can be more fully focused on God. 

At Judge Memorial we try to create an environment at our retreats that is conducive to spiritual growth and free from outside distractions. We want our students to be able to "get away from it all" and focus on spiritual realities and their relationship with God. To do this, we routinely hold retreats at neighboring churches or other locations. 

Class Retreats
The Judge Memorial Retreat Program is part of the Ministry curriculum and falls under the umbrella of the Theology/Campus Ministry Program. It is the responsibility of Campus Ministry to organize and facilitate at least one retreat per grade level each year at Judge. We believe in taking time to stop and reflect, therefore, participation in these class retreats is required by all students regardless of their faith tradition and every effort is made to make these retreats inclusive of all. Our retreats are full of a variety of activities including prayer, song, games, small group and large group discussions, reading, journaling, and silent reflection time. Retreats have a specific theme for each grade level. 

Leaders:   All retreats are chaperoned by Faculty, Staff, and Parents and are facilitated by the Peer Ministers.

What to bring on Retreat: Your son or daughter will need to bring a sack lunch on retreat. They will not need much more than that unless otherwise instructed. Dress for retreats is the same as for Fridays at Judge: uniform bottoms and spirit/pride shirts. Electronic devices should be left at home or kept out of sight and turned off.

Can parents volunteer to help with a Retreat:  Yes, we encourage parents to volunteer. You can check the Parent Volunteer Page for dates and contact information:

Permission Slips: Permission slips are sent out at least two weeks in advance. Please sign them and return them quickly. 

Coordinating Retreats with Athletics/Activities: Every effort is made to accommodate all of our students. There are always two options for retreats so if there is a conflict on one day, your son or daughter is able to attend on the alternate day. Campus ministry works closely with the Dean’s Office, the Activities Office, and the Athletics Office to ensure that all students are scheduled on the day that is best for them. Class Retreats are part of the Judge Memorial curriculum and attendance is required.

Kairos Retreat

Judge also offers an opportunity for interested Junior and Senior students to attend a Kairos Retreat that is designed to explore issues surrounding lIfe's meaning, purpose, and direction. The word Kairos is a Greek word meaning "time", specifically in this case “God’s Time”. This retreat weekend allows students to step out of their normal routines, encourages self-reflection, meaningful interactions and fosters a greater awareness and appreciation for their surrounding community and God’s presence. Kairos challenges students to approach life with an enhanced commitment to love, integrity and faith and to approach each day with an openness to recognize the presence of “God in all things.” Kairos retreats are optional and offered three times a year. Kairos Retreat Program for the 2018-19 school year are:  

  • October 25-28, 2018 (for seniors)
  • January 10-13, 2019 (for juniors and seniors)
  • April 4-7, 2019 (for juniors) 
Retreats begin after school on a Thursday and end at about 2pm on Sundays. 

Junior and Senior students who are interested in attending must submit an application and the necessary registration materials. The printable forms may be found in the attachments below.

Steps for Registering for the January Kairos Retreat:

1. Complete the following registration form:

2. Complete the following two forms, and either hand in the hard copy to the Campus Ministry office or e-mail to

Parent Release Form with Transportation:
Camp K Waiver and Release Form:

3. Submit payment to Ms. Poppe or Ms. Coffey in the Campus Ministry office. The cost of the retreat is $150, and checks can be made to “Judge Memorial Catholic High School.” If payment is an issue, please speak to Ms. Poppe or Ms. Coffey. 

4. At least one parent or guardian must sign up to attend a parent meeting. There are two options:
        1. Tuesday, November 27th at 6 p.m. in the JMCHS Chapel
         2. Wednesday, November 28th at 6 p.m. in the JMCHS Chapel 

            Attending one of these meetings is mandatory in order for a student to attend the retreat. RSVP to a meeting to Ms. Poppe at

Thank you so much, and we look forward to having you attend our Kairos Retreat!
Contact: Retreat Coordinator, Catherine Coffey or Director of Campus Ministry, Celina Poppe at
If you attended a Kairos retreat in the past and would like to stay connected, please email with a current email address to make sure you receive information about the retreats.