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Retreat Program 2020-2021

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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. 

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This section will be updated as retreat planning progresses.

Rev. Dr. Julia Moore

Joy in a Time of Sorrow: Confronting the Legacies of Racism and COVID-19 from the Presence of Christ

Facilitated by Rev. Dr. Julia Moore

Friday, December 11 | 10AM-Noon | Virtual Event

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Julia Robinson Moore has served as an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church for over 25 years. She is currently serving as a teaching elder in the Presbytery of Charlotte, NC. She is the co-founder with her husband, Ricky, of Moore Grace Ministries, which seeks to foster racial reconciliation and healing for individuals and communities, including Christian churches. Julia is also a scholar of Race and Christianity in the US and an associate professor of Religious Studies at UNC Charlotte, where she teaches courses in African American Religion, Religions of the African Diaspora, and Racial Violence in America. She holds a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and doctorate in History from Michigan State University. She is the author of Race, Religion, and the Pulpit: Rev. Robert L. Brady and the Making of Urban Detroit (Wayne State University Press, 2015).

 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 process, please contact Human Resources at ext. 7900.

Cost: Free

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Join for an Advent Retreat Series, sponsored by Cranaleith Spiritual Center and Villanova University Campus Ministry. Dr. Maureen O’Connell will guide us through the Advent Season, exploring faith, spirituality, art and justice using Scripture and the visual arts of Philadelphia’s murals. Each session will include time for prayer, reflection and ritual.

The sessions will take place 7:-8:30 PM (EST) on the following Mondays:

November 30
December 7
December 14
December 21

Register for one, two, three, or all four! 

Cost: FREE (Campus Ministry will cover your registration fee to Cranaleith.)

Maureen H. O’Connell is Associate Professor of Christian Ethics in the Department of Religion and Theology at La Salle University. She holds a BA in History from Saint Joseph’s University and a PhD in Theological Ethics from Boston College. She authored Compassion: Loving Our Neighbor in an Age of Globalization (Orbis Books, 2009) and If These Walls Could Talk: Community Muralism and the Beauty of Justice (The Liturgical Press, 2012), which won the College Theology Book of the Year Award in 2012 and the Catholic Press Association’s first place for books in theology in 2012. Her current research project will be forthcoming with Beacon Press in 2021 and explores the interplay between being Catholic and “becoming anti-Black” across five generations of her family’s history in the city of Philadelphia.  

"Almost always the creative, dedicated minority has made the world better." —Martin Luther King Jr.

This retreat will explore the ways that art is both an inward journey to our deepest selves and an outward expression of addressing injustice. Beginning artists, experienced artists and people who don't see themselves as artists are welcome. No art experience necessary. 

Guest presenters will invite us to deepen our creative practices of artistic expression (including drawing, oil pastels, poetry, music, photography) and share their own stories of how their art speaks to justice issues of the day.

Participants are invited to engage with the following art supplies: paper, oil pastels, pen, photography (camera or phone), music, movement, and language. It will be up to you to engage with different mediums as you like.

We have a limited number of kits with a pad of paper, oil pastels and pen available ($18 value). If you already have these items, we encourage you to use your own.

Retreatants will receive a retreat booklet with readings and reflection prompts for personal prayer, reflection and creative practices throughout the week. Retreatants will need a zoom account to participate, as we will offer communal times for small groups. Participants can also opt in to meet one on one with a spiritual guide two or three times during the week.  For questions, please contact Michelle Sherman

Cost: FREE for Fall 2020

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED.

The Search community invites sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students to an extended, intentional and experiential retreat-like gathering. You will explore how love, especially God's love, is present in your life. The retreat focuses on agape, a selfless and unconditional form of love.

Grounded in the Christian tradition and open to students of any or no faith tradition, Search meets students where they are.

Time commitment

Weekend sessions: October 9, 7-9PM; October 10, 3-6PM; and October 17, 3-6PM
"Choose your own” options during the week of October 11-16

Contents

Talks
Self-guided and socially distanced activities
Meetings with a small group

We appreciate your flexibility and patience as we work with campus colleagues around the planning for this semester's Search Experience. This opportunity will follow the most up-to-date guidelines from the University. 

Cost: FREE for Fall 2020

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

Join for an in-person and on-campus, socially-distanced retreat 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. It is open to students of all faith backgrounds and those who do not identify with a religious tradition.

Escape is hosted by the Campus Ministry Interns and led by sophomores and juniors.

Cost: Free for Fall 2020

Campus Ministry staff has worked with Events Management to ensure that this First Year Escape Retreat can happen safely. We will honor all University guidelines and recommendations, and we expect retreatants and leaders to do the same.

Students who do not abide by guidelines forefeit their space on the retreat. You will be asked to leave if your actions do not reflect care for others. By signing up for this retreat, you commit to following the Caritas Commitment:

  1. Face coverings or personal protective equipment are required for all meetings and events.
  2. Social distancing of at least 6 feet, including in offices, hallways, restrooms, common areas and outdoor spaces, is required. (Retreat leaders and staff have planned activities that will maintain social distancing.)
  3. You must check your temperature prior to coming on this retreat.
  4. If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, you must stay home.

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

 

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We invite all student-athletes to take a break from their schedules to reflect on where they find meaning in their athletic careers and to build stronger relationships with themselves and other Villanovans.

The retreat looks at how Augustinian themes, like self-knowledge, friendship, humility and servant leadership, show up in sports. It features talks from former student-athletes, time for personal reflection, small group discussions, and activities. It ends with a community meal. 

The retreat is grounded in a Christian and Augustinian tradition. It is open to students of any faith background and those who do not identify with a religious tradition.

If you have questions, please contact David Walsh.

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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 three days of reflection.

Each day you will meet one on one with an Augustinian companion, chosen especially for you, for 30 minutes. You also commit to 30 minutes of prayer on your own. Meetings will be based on your schedule. 

Cost: Free

For more info, contact Fr. Joseph Narog, OSA.

This section will be updated as retreat planning progresses.

Registration will open in January. Please check back for updates.

This retreat allows senior students of any or no faith tradition to consider what has guided them on their journeys and what will light the way ahead. It is full of opportunities for prayer, conversation and shared reflections on our paths with faculty and staff.

Campus Ministry staff has worked with the Events Management committee to ensure that this retreat can happen safely. We will be honoring all University guidelines/recommendations and expect that retreatants and leaders will abide by these guidelines and the Caritas Commitment. Students who do not abide by guidelines forfeit their space on the retreat. You will be asked to leave if your actions do not reflect care for others.                

By signing up for this retreat, you agree to follow the Caritas Commitment:                                                       

Face coverings or personal protective equipment is required for all meetings and events.

Social distancing of at least 6 feet, including in offices, hallways, restrooms, common areas and outdoor spaces, is required (leaders and staff have planned activities that will maintain social distancing).

You must check temperature prior to coming on this retreat.

If you are experiencing any COVID symptoms, you must remain at home. We will provide options for attending some sessions virtually.

 

 

Please check back for updates.

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

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. It is open to students of all faith backgrounds and those who do not identify with a religious tradition.

Escape is hosted by the Campus Ministry Interns and led by sophomores and juniors.

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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. Please email Michelle Sherman for accommodations. 

 

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This retreat invites you 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. 

If you have questions, please contact Julie Sheetz.

Cost: $25*

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

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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? We will invite you to explore this question through talks, liturgies, small-group sharing, fellowship and quiet reflection.

We will leave campus Saturday morning and return Sunday afternoon. Space is limited.

For more information, please contact Mathew Verghese.

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 is about learning to “find God in all things.” Join us for three days of reflection. Each day, on the basis of your schedule, you will meet one on one with a spiritual companion from the Catholic tradition for 30 minutes. You also commit to 30 minutes of prayer on your own.

The retreat is open to students, staff and faculty.

Cost: Free

Contact: Michelle Sherman

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Do you wonder how to respond to conflict, to hate, to disrespect and incivility in our community and our world? This one-day training will help unleash the power of active nonviolence. 

Using storytelling, interactive exercises, small- and large-group discussions, and individual reflection, this training will explore the nature of violence, the vision of Gospel nonviolence, and concrete tools for nonviolent change.  

We welcome students from any or no faith tradition. 

This training is co-sponsored by Center for Peace and Justice Education, Campus Ministry, the Office of Intercultural Affairs, the Office of Student Life, and the Office of Service Learning.

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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 process, please contact Human Resources at ext. 7900.

Cost: Free

Contact: Julie Sheetz

Please check back for updates.

Search is a weekend retreat for sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students interested in exploring how love, especially God's love, is present in their lives. This retreat focuses on agape, a selfless and unconditional form of love.

The schedule includes talks, activities and small-group meetings. Grounded in the Christian tradition and open to students of any or no faith tradition, Search meets all students where they are.

Cost: $25*

*Campus Ministry will never turn away students due to financial difficulty. Please email Michelle Sherman for accommodations.

April 21 Earth Day Retreat:

Join Campus Ministry to participate in a program from Catholic Climate Covenant. We will have the opportunity to pray, learn, discuss, and take concrete actions, as individuals, on behalf of God’s creation.

 

April 3-5, 2020 -- CANCELLED

The Outdoor Retreat will focus on Creation CARE

Connection - with each other and the earth.  

Appreciation - for how nature has nurtured our spiritual lives

Reflection - personal and group time of contemplation and prayer

Engagement - considering how our deep gratitude for nature can be expressed in our continued care for the earth

The retreat is open to students of all faith backgrounds, as well as those who do not identify with any religious tradition. Students are invited to spend the weekend at Woodcrest Retreat in Ephrata, PA. Retreatants will depart at 4:00PM on Friday (4/3) and return to campus by 2:00PM Sunday (4/5).

Retreat cost: $25

Campus Ministry will never turn away students due to financial difficulty. Please email Kate Giancatarino or Julie Sheetz for accomodations. 

Retreat Contacts: Julie Sheetz and Kate Giancatarino

This section will be updated as retreat planning progresses.

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Campus Ministry invites rising sophomores, juniors, seniors, graduate students and alumni to Continuing Transformation: A Retreat for the Everyday. Retreatants will receive an electronic booklet with readings and reflection prompts for personal prayer, study and actions.

Participants can opt in to meet one on one with a spiritual guide two or three times and/or with another retreatant twice. The Campus Ministry Instagram page will feature optional prayer sessions live each day. 

Retreatants will need a zoom account to participate, as we will be offering two communal times for prayers and breakout sessions. 

Cost: Free

For questions, please reach out to Michelle Sherman.

Connections Retreatants on campus with Jay Wright, men's basketball coach

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Connections is typically a three-day, two-night retreat for incoming first-year students held during the summer at Villanova.  It is an opportunity for students to connect with each other, student leaders, campus, and our Catholic, Augustinian heritage. Students of all faith traditions or of no religious affiliation are encouraged to attend.  

To be added to our distribution list, please email us. For general questions about Connections, please reach out to: Kate Giancatarino: or Julie Sheetz.

This weekend invites you to experience the roots of the Augustinian traditions and values while reflecting on your spiritual journey and struggles, as St. Augustine did.

Contact: Michelle Sherman

 

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, NJ.

Please contact Fr. Joe Narog, OSA.

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.  

Contact: Michelle Sherman

We all have to make difficult decisions. 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.

Looking for a way to invite God into your decision making? Looking for some time to reflect on options before you? 

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.

Contact: Michelle Sherman

 

 

What are retreats?

Campus Ministry retreats offer an excellent opportunity to get away from the hectic pace of life at Villanova. 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.

What do you do on retreat?

    Relax and have fun
    Meet new people
    Share and grow in your spirituality
    Strengthen your relationships
    Explore and reflect on your life decisions
    Come to know yourself better
    Encounter God

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

In general, the Retreat Program is open to the entire University community. Students of all faith traditions – or none at all – are welcome and encouraged to look into the program.

We offer various experiences so that you can choose the type and style of retreat you are most comfortable attending. Some retreats are quiet and include lots of alone time, while others emphasize building community through sharing and group activities.

The pace of retreats also vary. Some retreats have lots of activity, while others move at a more leisurely pace.

Some retreats are designed for specific students. For example, First Year Escape weekends are for first-year undergraduates only. We ask that first-year students attend an Escape weekend (held once each semester) before attending our other retreats.

We also 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 of our retreats! If you have some experience in attending retreats in high school and/or college, contact Campus Ministry Retreat Coordinator Michelle Sherman.

"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."

Please contact Michelle Sherman if you have any questions.