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Retreat Program 2021-2022

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This section will be updated as retreat planning progresses.

Wednesday, September 29 | 4-6 PM | Haverford Room (Connelly Center, 2nd floor)

Do you struggle with organized religion but still desire to connect in meaningful or mindful ways with other people, a higher power, nature, the universe, “God,” etc.? Do you wish you could have deeper or more open-minded conversations about spirituality with others?

No matter where you may be on your spiritual journey, we invite you to attend a short evening of personal reflection, open conversation and casual community. This event is designed for those who are “spiritual but not religious” or simply seeking to understand where they fall on the spectrum of spirituality and religiosity.

If you do not feel at home in explicitly religious spaces but wish you had the people, place and time to be more intentional about your spiritual inclinations - whatever they may be - this opportunity is for you!

Click here to register - Deadline to Register: 11:59 PM on Tuesday, September 28

If you have questions, please contact Greg Blanc.

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 First-Year Escape Retreat is grounded in a Christian and Augustinian tradition. It is open to students of any or no religious tradition.

Escape is hosted by the Graduate Resident Ministers and led by sophomores and juniors.

Register for the retreat.

More information coming soon

More information coming soon

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

This section will be updated as retreat planning progresses. Upcoming retreats will be moved to the top of the list and past retreats will be moved down.

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. 

 

 

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

“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 Graduate Resident Ministers and led by sophomores and juniors.

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.

“Sports contribute to the love of life, teaches sacrifice, respect and responsibility, leading to the full development of every human person.” - Pope Saint John Paul II

This retreat focuses on how our love for sports, either as athletes or as fans, can lead us to joy, fulfillment, and holiness. This retreat will include time for playing sports and games, prayer and reflection, and conversation.

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.

If you have questions, please contact David Walsh.

This section will be updated as retreat planning progresses.

Please visit the Connections 2021 page for more information and to register.

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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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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.

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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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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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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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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. 

 

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 seemed 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 Linda Jaczynski if you have any questions.