Retreat Program 2019-2020

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Campus Ministry Retreats provide opportunities for students from all faith backgrounds to reflect on their spiritual values, step back from their regular routine, hear the faith stories of fellow students, and understand the Catholic and Augustinian values of the University. 

Please review the retreat descriptions below and reach out to the retreat contact or Michelle Sherman with any questions.

What are retreats?

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.

Why go on retreat?

    To relax and have fun
    To meet new people
    To share and grow in your spirituality
    To strengthen your relationships
    To explore and reflect on your life decisions
    To come to know yourself better
    To encounter God

Who is welcome on retreats and how do I know what retreat to attend?

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, First Year Escape weekends are for first-year undergraduates only. If you are a student in your first year of college, we ask that you attend an Escape weekend (held once each semester) before attending any of our other retreats.

For faculty and staff, we offer a one-day Faculty/Staff Retreat each semester.

How can I serve on a retreat team as a student leader?

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 Michelle Sherman.

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"I have never experienced a group of people more open and willing to accept me as I am. I am grateful, so grateful."

"I had SO. MUCH. FUN. First Year Escape made my year. I made so many new friends and before this weekend, I felt like I would never make friends at Villanova because it semed like everyone else had it all together and was already in a friend group. I can't wait to join a Get Real Group with my CMI and continue these friendships. Thank you!!!!"

"I am able to see God in people more easily now."

"This weekend has given me a sense of meditation, self love, and contemplation that I haven't experienced in a while. It helped open up my understanding of love."

"The small group discussions were very impactful to me because I was able to share my vulnerability with a safe group and be affirmed."

"Prior to SEARCH, I was someone who would only go to God for the highs and lows in my life. I never sought him in my everyday life. SEARCH taught me that God is a part of everyone and everything, whether or not I realize it. Therefore, I intend on dedicating myself to walk through each day looking for Him, and consciously trying to process where He may appear in those not-so-extreme moments."

"I am more confident in sharing and talking about my faith, and I am left wanting to further pursue my faith and grow in love of others."

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Graduate Student Retreat

"Finding Home, Forming Community"

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Come and enjoy a day with other graduate students to get to know new people, relax and have fun, grow in your spirituality, and reflect on your journey that led you to Villanova. The theme of the day is “Don’t lose your You-ness in Grad School”. Email Charlie at csoule1@villanova.edu or Linda Jaczynski for more information.

The retreat will be held at St. Raphaela Center in Haverford, PA, 10 minutes from campus.  Shuttles to St. Raphaela will be available from campus or you can meet us at the retreat center. The $5 cost of the retreat will be added to your student account through the office of the Bursar.   

Campus Ministry will never turn away students due to financial difficulty. 

 

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The Student-Athlete Retreat is an opportunity for all student-athletes to take a break from their day-to-day schedules for an evening to reflect on where they find meaning in their athletic careers and to build stronger relationships with themselves and their fellow Villanovans. The retreat will look at how spiritual themes from Villanova's Augustinian tradition, like self-knowledge, friendship, humility, and servant leadership, show up in sports, and  will feature talks from former student-athletes, periods of personal reflection, small group discussions, and activities. The retreat will conclude with a community meal. 

The retreat is grounded in a Christian and Augustinian tradition.  Yet, it is open to students of all faith backgrounds as well as those who do not identify with any religious tradition.

For questions, please contact David Walsh.

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October 25-27, 2019

Get away from campus for a weekend of discovering friendships, exploring your faith and values, and energizing yourself to make the most of your years at Villanova.

The retreat is grounded in a Christian and Augustinian tradition and it is open to students of all faith backgrounds as well as those who do not identify with any religious tradition.

Escape is hosted by the Campus Ministry Interns and led by Sophomores and Juniors.

“Whenever you go out, walk together, and when you reach your destination, stay together.” —St. Augustine

Retreat Cost: $25

Campus Ministry will never turn away students due to financial difficulty. Please contact Michelle.Sherman@villanova.edu for accommodations.

November 2-3, 2019

To apply for the College Success Network and attend the workshop free of charge: COLLEGE SCHOLAR Registration

Here are the eligibility criteria for our College Scholar Program:
1. 18 years or older
2. enrolled (or plan to enroll) in a college or university full-time. We will also accept fresh college graduates and high school seniors 18 years and older
3. demonstrate high financial need
4. available to attend the full retreat program (from about 9:30 am to 5 pm on the specified dates)
5. take responsibility for your own transportation and lodging
6. be open to learning and sharing in a group workshop format

Preference will be given to students whose parents did not graduate from college.

 

To register for the workshop outside of the College Success Network: Registration

This workshop welcomes Villanova University staff, faculty, students and alumni and is also open to public registration.

Campus Ministry will never turn away participants due to financial difficulty. Please contact Michelle.Sherman@villanova.edu for accommodations.

 

Are you ready to break free of the mindless patterns that keep you from realizing your full potential?

Join the Calm Clarity  Weekend Workshop at Villanova University to master your mind and be your best self.

After exploring the alignment of spiritual teachings with scientific findings, Due Quach (pronounced Zway Kwok) created the Calm Clarity Program by integrating neuroscience and spiritual wisdom to rewire the brain for genuine self-actualization.

During this experiential workshop, you examine how the mind works and learn how to direct your own brain development. You gain insight into how your brain activation fluctuates between three primary emotional states: Brain 1.0 (fear and self-preservation), Brain 2.0 (reward-seeking, and instant gratification) and Brain 3.0 (self-mastery, wisdom, and well-being). You also learn and practice effective exercises to activate and strengthen Brain 3.0 so you can be your best self, live in alignment with your core values, and enhance and deepen your relationships.

This training will benefit anyone looking to think clearly and make effective decisions, be more creative, innovative, and collaborative, and build resilience to stress.

Search Retreat Weekend

November 8-10, 2019

Search is a weekend retreat for students who are interested in exploring the ways Love, especially God's love, is present in their lives. In particular, this retreat focuses on agape, a selfless and unconditional form of love. The schedule includes talks, activities, and meetings with a small group throughout the weekend. Grounded in the Christian tradition and open to students of all faith traditions or no faith tradition, Search strives to meet all students where they are. Open to sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students.

Retreat Cost: $25

Campus Ministry will never turn away students due to financial difficulty. Please contact Michelle.Sherman@villanova.edu for accommodations.

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Have you thought about what Augustinian spirituality might look like in your everyday life?  Students, staff, and faculty are invited to join us for 3 days of reflection.  Each day you will meet one-on-one with an Augustinian companion, chosen especially for you, for 30 minutes, and commit to another 30 minutes of prayer on your own.  Meetings will be based on your schedule. 

There is no cost associated with this retreat.

Retreat Contact: Fr. Joseph Narog, OSA

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Advent Retreat for Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Students

Thursday, December 5, 10am-1pm

Location: TBD

Take time during the Advent season to slow down and have a two-hour retreat led by Fr. Kevin DePrinzio, OSA with other faculty, staff, and graduate students. After the retreat, we will have a shared meal.  Employees, with approval from their supervisor, may attend this one half day with no loss of pay or charge to vacation time. If you have any questions about this, please contact Human Resources at x97900.

Contact: Keith Hollis, OSA

There is no cost associated with this retreat.

 

Senior Retreat

 

January 17-19, 2020

A weekend for the Senior Class to listen and discern as they prepare to move forward into the future. The weekend is full of opportunities for prayer, conversation with peers and faculty/staff, and stories from people a little farther along on the journey of life.  This year's class is invited to a weekend at Maris Stella Retreat and Conference Center in Harvey Cedars, New Jersey.

Campus Ministry will never turn away students due to financial difficulty. Please contact Michelle.Sherman@villanova.edu for accommodations.

Withdraw from the busyness of life for an overnight experience grounded in solitude, silence, reflection and prayer. Retreatants savor drawing into stillness and meeting one on one with a spiritual director.

Retreat cost: $10

Campus Ministry will never turn away students due to financial difficulty.

Retreat Contact: Michelle Sherman

 

January 31-February 1, 2020

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Get away from campus for a weekend of discovering friendships, exploring your faith and values, and energizing yourself to make the most of your years at Villanova.

The retreat is grounded in a Christian and Augustinian tradition and it is open to students of all faith backgrounds as well as those who do not identify with any religious tradition.

Escape is hosted by the Campus Ministry Interns and led by Sophomores and Juniors.

“Whenever you go out, walk together, and when you reach your destination, stay together.” —St. Augustine

 

Campus Ministry will never turn away students due to financial difficulty. Please contact Michelle.Sherman@villanova.edu for accommodations.

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February 7-9, 2020

This retreat offers a unique chance to learn firsthand about the beliefs and practices of different religious traditions, through site visits to area faith communities. Participants will also begin to develop skills in interfaith dialogue.  Students of all faith backgrounds, as well as those who do not identify as religious but are interested in learning, are welcome to attend.

For questions, please contact Julie Sheetz.

Campus Ministry will never turn away students due to financial difficulty.

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February 22-23, 2020

Overnight retreat

This retreat is focused on developing a deeper relationship with Christ and witnessing to the diversity within the Catholic tradition. We invite you, wherever you are on your journey, to spend this weekend asking what it means to be a Catholic college student and what joys, struggles, and questions press upon your mind and heart. Pope Francis has encouraged us to build a culture of encounter—what might this mean to you in your life?  You will be invited into this exploration through talks, liturgies, small group sharing, fellowship, and time for quiet reflection. We will leave campus on Saturday morning and return on Sunday afternoon. Space is limited.

For more information, please contact Fr. Keith Hollis, OSA.

Campus Ministry will never turn away students due to financial difficulty. 

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Want to make a retreat but don’t have time to go away for a weekend? Want to pay more attention to how life and spirituality go hand in hand? This Retreat in Everyday Life is all about learning to “find God in all things.” Join us for these 3 days of reflection.  Each day you will meet one-on-one with a spiritual companion from the Catholic tradition for 30 minutes, and commit to another 30 minutes of prayer on your own. The retreat is open to students, staff, and faculty.  Meetings will be based on your schedule.

Retreat Contact: Michelle Sherman

 

April 17-19, 2020

Search is a weekend retreat for students who are interested in exploring the ways Love, especially God's love, is present in their lives. In particular, this retreat focuses on agape, a selfless and unconditional form of love. The schedule includes talks, activities, and meetings with a small group throughout the weekend. Grounded in the Christian tradition and open to students of all faith traditions or no faith tradition, Search strives to meet all students where they are. Open to sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students.

Campus Ministry will never turn away students due to financial difficulty. Please contact Michelle.Sherman@villanova.edu for accommodations.

During the Season of Lent, there will be an opportunity for faculty, staff, and graduate students to gather or a half day retreat.  The retreat will offer a chance to take a step back from the pressure of daily life, to reflect prayerfully, and to share with a community as we prepare to celebrate the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ at Easter.  Specific details are to come.  Employees, with approval from their supervisor, may attend this one half day with no loss of pay or charge to vacation time. If you have any questions about this, please contact Human Resources at x97900.

Retreat Contact: Julie Sheetz

Camping & Canoeing Retreats

Date TBD, Spring Semester

Spend some time exploring the outdoors, praying in nature, and discussing the spiritual, ethical, and cultural implications of climate change.  We will explore and reflect upon the presence of God in nature and invite one another to become more attentive to creation. The retreat is grounded in a Catholic, Augustinian tradition and is open to students of all faith backgrounds, as well as those who do not identify with any religious tradition. 

Retreat Contact: Kate Giancatarino

Campus Ministry will never turn away students due to financial difficulty. 

Discernment to Religious Life Retreat- Date TBD

Curious about the life of a religious sister, priest, or brother? Wondering if it might be for you? Join other young people discerning a vocation to religious life for a weekend away. This retreat will include presentations, group discussions, and prayer. Find out what it is like to be a vowed religious, explore whether you may have a calling to religious life, and learn how to respond to that calling. The program will explore the rewards and the obligations that go with consecrated life. It does not pressure anyone nor ask for any commitment. It is designed to help you make a reflective choice about your unique vocation. A team of religious and lay collaborators will conduct this weekend retreat program, which is open to college students and young adults up to age 45 in the Philadelphia area.

Connections Retreat Weekend

June 26-28, 2020

Registration will open in 2020.

Connections is a three-day, two-night retreat for incoming first year students that will be held during the summer at Villanova University.  It is an opportunity for incoming students to make “connections” with other first-year students, a team of sophomore and junior leaders, the campus of Villanova, and with our Catholic, Augustinian heritage. Students of all faith traditions, or of no religious affiliation, are encouraged to attend. 

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions for more details!

Cost for the weekend is $150. Cost for the weekend is $150, which will be added to students’ accounts through the Office of the Bursar. All meals and expenses for the weekend will be covered by your registration fee. This covers all accommodations, meals, and scheduled activities. Campus Ministry will never turn away students due to financial difficulty. Please contact Michelle.Sherman@villanova.edu for accommodations.

For general questions about Connections, please reach out to: Jimson Mathew jmathe16@villanova.edu or Andy Goyer agoyer@villanova.edu.


Traveling by Air

If you are flying and need transportation to/from the Philadelphia International Airport, please email your flight itineraries and the student’s cell phone number to Samantha Hourican shourica@villanova.edu and Colleen E Campbell ccampb32@villanova.edu.  

We will not be able to provide rides from the airport for flights that are scheduled to land before 11AM or after 4PM on Friday and after 5PM on Sunday unless arrangements are made with us before booking your flight.

Augustinian Discernment Weekend

Please contact Fr. Joe Narog, OSA.

Curious about the life of an Augustinian Friar?  Wondering if it might be for you? Join other young men discerning a vocation to the Augustinians for a weekend away with the Augustinians at St. Rita Cottage in Ocean City, N.J.

Triduum Retreat during Holy Week

For students who desire to deepen their experience of Holy Week, this retreat will offer unique liturgical experiences using the services on campus combined with other events to heighten your understanding of these Christian holy days and the liturgies that help us to celebrate them.  

One Day Decision Making Retreat

As we are all making difficult decisions everyday, come and explore the process of decision making while taking the time to reflect and gain a new perspective on a decision that you are currently facing.  To sign up or for more information, please email linda.jaczynski@villanova.edu. 

"Life Awareness" Discernment Retreat

Date TBD

Looking for a way to invite God into your decision making? Looking for some time to reflect on options before you? Perhaps you may be considering changing majors, doing a year of post-grad service, or looking at different job opportunities. The Life Awareness retreat will include presentations, group discussions, and prayer on the topic of how to hear and respond to these calls. The program will explore discernment as both a tool and way of life. It is designed to help you make a reflective choices and be attentive to the ways that God calls. A team of vowed religious and lay collaborators will conduct this weekend retreat program, which is open to college students and young adults up to age 24 in the Philadelphia area.

Sessions over the weekend will include: 

  • Discernment in Daily Life

  • Companions on a Journey- Discernment in Community

  • Panel on Decision Making

  • Scavenger Hunt

  • Prayer Practices: Examen, Art Journaling, Mass

  • Time for individual reflection and conversation with others!

One in Mind and Heart: A Journey with Augustine

A weekend opportunity to experience the roots of the Augustinian traditions and values while reflecting on one's spiritual journey and struggles, as did St. Augustine.