The Retreat Program at St. Ursula Academy is part of the Ministry curriculum and falls under the umbrella of the Campus Ministry /Theology Program. It is the responsibility of Campus Ministry to organize and facilitate at least one retreat per grade level each year at St. Ursula. While faithful to Catholic teaching and tradition, every effort is made to make these retreats inclusive for all students. Every class retreat at St. Ursula Academy is focused on a specific theme based on the example and writings of St. Angela Merici, the foundress of the Ursuline order.
All retreats are held off campus.
Junior Academy Retreat: “Sopra Tutto” (Above All). The Junior Academy retreat is an introduction to the retreat process, and includes worship, prayer, and activities both in a large group setting as well as by specific grade. The theme refers to the call of living our Ursuline motto, “Soli Deo Gloria” (For the glory of God alone).
Freshman Retreat: “Insieme” (Togetherness). This retreat focuses on the connections in our lives. It stresses the importance of our unity as a school community as well as members of the Church. Students on this retreat also learn what it means to be a part of the St. Ursula legacy. As the students are new to the school, this retreat takes place early in the year and includes many opportunities for the students to get to know one another.
Sophomore Retreat: “Speranza” (Hope). This retreat begins an ongoing development of healthy teen relationships and moral decision-making principles. Students also spend time focusing on their unique gifts/talents/abilities and are challenged to recognize the gifts of others.
Junior Retreat: “Fati Vita Nova” (Lead A New Life). This retreat challenges students to reflect on their own lives and relationships, as well as how events in our lives shape our personality, our decisions, and our relationship with God. Witness talks by members of the team and guest speakers encourage students to examine their actions and relationships.
Senior Retreat: “Kairos” A three-day retreat focusing on our past, our present, and the challenge of our future relationships with God and others. Heavy emphasis on small and large group discussion and faith-sharing, witness talks, prayer, liturgy, healing, forgiveness, and community.