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.
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: https://www.judgememorial.com/apps/pages/JPA
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.
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:
Kairos Permission Form
Waiver and Release Form
The forms may be found on the links or in the attachments below.
Contact: Retreat Coordinator, Catherine Coffey email@example.com or Director of Campus Ministry, Celina Poppe at firstname.lastname@example.org