As a Jesuit University, Loyola is committed to accompanying students as they seek God in their daily lives and discern who they are and how they will live as men and women for and with others. The Campus Ministry Retreat Program invites Loyola students to take time away for prayer, reflection, discernment, community, rest and delicious home-cooked food. Campus Ministry offers a variety of retreat experiences that incorporate elements of Ignatian Spirituality. On retreat, students may explore themes around God’s love, community, finding God in all things, cultivating compassion, identity, and living as a person for others. We offer several retreat experiences to meet a range of spiritual needs. Retreats are open to all students searching for meaning. Students from all backgrounds, faith traditions and spiritualities are welcome.
What happens on retreat?
Retreats provide a space to pause. Throughout the experience, students will engage in diverse opportunities for prayer, reflection, dialogue and down-time. Many retreats include prepared talks/reflections offered by a student/faculty/staff member. Retreatants receive time to prayerfully reflect on the themes of a talk and to unpack the ways those themes are active in their own life. Many retreatants use this time for journaling, walking or sitting quietly. Following some quiet reflection time, small group sessions provide an opportunity for peer sharing and conversation. Retreatants spend time in prayer through guided exercises and communal reflection. Throughout the weekend, students receive nourishment through delicious meals prepared fresh by our gifted retreat center staff. Retreatants generally have time to explore the property, relax, take a nap, hang out with old friends or make new ones.
All retreats are hosted at the Loyola University Retreat Center located on 20 serene acres in the mountains of Western Maryland, about 2.5 hours from Loyola’s Evergreen campus. The Loyola University Retreat Center offers a peaceful setting where individuals and groups are empowered to do the work necessary for reconnecting and renewing their hearts, minds, bodies and spirits. Please visit the Loyola University Retreat House Website for more information.
The registration fee for most retreats is $75. Some retreats are offered at the introductory rate of $35. All payments can be made by credit card, debit, Evergreen, cash or check (payable to Loyola University Maryland). The fee covers transportation, lodging, meals, and all other expenses for the weekend. The entire cost of a weekend retreat for one student is $175.00. Campus Ministry subsidizes $100+ of the retreat cost per student. Loyola believes that cost should never prohibit a student from experiencing a retreat. Generous donors provide scholarships for any and all students who require support to attend a retreat. Applicants may indicate if support is needed on the retreat application.
Campus Ministry needs your assistance, talents and leadership to host our retreats. There are many opportunities to participate in leadership. Students may apply to be a member of the retreat team or to be a student retreat director.
- Student Retreat Directors: The Student Retreat Directors are volunteers who work with and under the direct supervision of a Campus Minister. The SRD’s meet weekly with the Campus Minister, plan leader meetings, set schedules for marketing and advertising retreats, building community, forming retreat leaders and manage logistics.
- Retreat Leaders: A group of volunteer student leaders who work with the Student Retreat Director and Campus Minister to facilitate retreat experiences for faith sharing, community building and meaning making. These students commit to taking an active role in preparing, facilitating, leading small groups, leading prayer and preparing and presenting retreat talks. Any student who has attended a Campus Ministry retreat is welcome to apply to serve as a retreat leader.
- Chaplains: Faculty, staff or alumni who assist the Campus Minister and retreat team with the facilitation of the retreat. Chaplains often attend retreat preparation meetings, accompany students on retreat, and lead or support activities on retreat.
If you are interested in learning more about being a student leader on a retreat, please fill out the Get Involved application and your information will then be forwarded to the Campus Minister leading the retreat.