Campus Ministry retreats offer an excellent opportunity to get away from the hectic pace of life at Villanova University. The Retreat Program provides the setting to focus on different aspects of your life and encourages you to discover more about yourself and your deepest values through small and large group discussions, talks given by student leaders, meditation, games, fellowship, and prayer.
In general, the Campus Ministry Retreat Program is open to the entire Villanova University community. Students of all faith traditions – or none at all – are welcome and encouraged to look into the retreat program.
We offer a variety of retreat experiences so members of the university community are able to choose the type of retreat they are most comfortable attending. Not every style of retreat works for everyone. Some retreats are quiet and include lots of alone time, while others might emphasize building community through sharing with each other and participating in group activities. The pace of retreats may also vary. Some retreats may be packed with activity while others may move at a more leisurely pace.
There are some retreats designed for specific types of students. For example, Freshmen Escape weekends are for first-year undergraduates only. If you are a freshmen, we ask that you attend a Freshmen Escape weekend (held three times throughout the year) before attending any of our other retreats.
For faculty and staff, we offer a one-day Faculty/Staff Retreat each semester.
Student leaders are an essential part of most retreats we do! If you have some experience in attending retreats in high school and/or college, contact Campus Ministry Retreat Coordinator John Edwards, firstname.lastname@example.org Additionally, you may print out a team leader application form, found on the Applications and Forms page.
In the spirit of St. Augustine who urged his followers to search for God together, consider next Sunday's readings which repeatedly call us to holiness. Yet, in what does holiness consist? The first reading from Leviticus tells us “You shall not bear hatred for your brother in your heart…Take no revenge and cherish no grudge against anyone.” Then in the gospel we hear the familiar commands, “love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” Are these commandments describing what holiness looks like? Perhaps holiness involves gradually relinquishing the resentment that leads to an interior cycle of blame, hatred, and revenge. Perhaps holiness is the ongoing practice of abandoning the self-righteousness that distorts our perception, such that our sisters seem to be enemies and our neighbors, persecutors. Where is resentment or self-righteousness interfering with our relationships today?
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Decision Making retreat
Sunday, March 23rd
A Day of Escape for Freshmen