Retreats provide important opportunities to pause, reflect, and be refreshed. Campus Ministry’s retreat program offers a variety of experiences designed to help students of all faith backgrounds become more attentive to themselves, others, and God.

Art and Soul Retreat

Engage your creativity as a spiritual practice on this 24-hour retreat. No art experience is needed! Art and Soul is a mid-semester break to deeply listen to yourself, others, and God in new, poignant, and playful ways.

What's it like?

  • Choose your own prayer adventure from a variety of mediums, including collaging, painting, creative writing, spoken word, and drawing
  • Encounter the Ignatian “call and response” of God through prompts designed to help you grow in self-understanding and discernment
  • Balanced time for individual reflection and community sharing
  • Opportunities for prayer and Mass at Glastonbury Abbey
  • Retreatants will stay in single, double, or triple occupancy rooms


Who attends?

Open to all BC students and BC alumni who have graduated in the past five years. This retreat is grounded in Ignatian Spirituality, but accessible to people of all faith traditions and worldviews seeking to better understand themselves and their relationship to the greater good. Co-sponsored by the CLC program.

Questions?

Contact Emily Egan or Christine Kamp Cichello.

February 8-9, 2020
Glastonbury Abbey in Hingham, MA
Cost: $50*

Register

The deadline to register is Thursday, Jan. 30 at noon.

 

Ignite Retreat for First-Year Students

Ignite your faith at Boston College by making meaningful relationships and gaining a deeper understanding of Ignatian Spirituality. This mid-semester break is a fun, interactive weekend away from campus to consider what matters most to you.

A group of students holding an "Ignite" banner

What's it like?

  • Find community with fellow first-year students seeking to lead lives of faith and justice
  • Learn practices to help you become more grounded and attentive to the presence of God in your life, such as the Ignatian Examen
  • Reflect upon your core stories and vision for the rest of your college experience
  • Partake in small group discussions and listen to talks by sophomore leaders about the transition to college
  • Opportunities for rest and prayer, including Mass
  • Students will stay in single, double, or triple occupancy rooms


Who attends?

Open to all first-year students. The retreat’s religious focus is Christianity in the Roman Catholic tradition, but all students seeking to lead lives of faith and justice can benefit from the welcoming, loving, and reflective experience.

Questions?

Contact Emily Egan.

February 21 - 23, 2020
Cathedral Camp in East Freetown, MA
Cost: $75*
Transportation provided

Register

The deadline to register is Wednesday, February 19 at noon.

Kairos

Kairos – meaning “God’s Time” in Greek – is a student-facilitated weekend retreat that allows for intentional reflection on relationships with God, self, and others away from the chaos of campus. Kairos is offered 12 times a year.


What's it like?

  • Enjoy a weekend away to relax, reflect, and refocus
  • Hear from other students about relationships, faith, and reflections on life
  • Listen, share, and build community with students you might not otherwise meet
  • Experience special Kairos surprises!
A student facing a body of water


Who attends?

Kairos is open to students of all faith backgrounds and experiences. While the retreat is rooted in the Ignatian, Catholic tradition, any student who is willing to engage in spiritual reflection can get something out of the weekend!

All undergraduate students are welcome to join the waiting list. Students are selected at random from the list and invited to attend the retreat. You'll be notified by email if your name has been drawn from the lottery.

Our October retreats are exclusively for seniors. November and December are open to seniors, juniors, and sophomores. All class years are eligible to attend in the spring. 

Questions?

Contact Marissa Papula.

** If you have attended Kairos or a similar retreat (Search, Emmaus, DDA, XLI), please email kairos@bc.edu. While students who have already attended should NOT join the waiting list, they can engage in the community in other ways and apply to lead! Email us for more information. **

Sign Up for Kairos

If you are a graduate student, administrator, or alumnus interested in directing a Kairos retreat, please email Marissa Papula.

Lenten Mini Retreat

Deepen your experience of the Lenten season by praying the Way of the Cross through the lens of Ignatian Contemplation. This devotional practice engages the heart and mind through imagination and storytelling about the way in which our suffering is intimately connected to the final events of Jesus’ life.

What's it like?

  • Listen to personal reflections about each of the 14 Stations of the Cross by BC students, faculty, and staff
  • Learn the prayer practice of Ignatian Contemplation
  • Enjoy fellowship through a Lenten (meat-free) meal
  • On campus and free, the Friday afternoon before Holy Week begins
     

Who attends?

Open to all members of the Boston College community. Please contact Emily Egan by Friday, Feb. 28 if you are interested in offering a reflection this year.

Questions?

Contact Emily Egan.

April 3, 2020 from 4-6 p.m.
Cabaret Room, Vanderslice Hall
Cost: Free

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Live the Fourth Retreat

The Live the Fourth Retreat invites students to continue cultivating what they learned after attending a Kairos, Search, Emmaus or Encounter retreat either in high school or at BC. This is an on-campus retreat, offered each semester.   

What’s it like?

  • An Opening Community Night to bring students together to discuss how others strive to “Live the Fourth”.
  • Four one-on-one meetings with a Spiritual Companion to explore where God is active and at work in your life by reflecting upon the Kairos themes. The individualized nature of these meetings will allow students to explore questions and themes particular to them. Spiritual companions include Campus Ministers, Resident Ministers, Jesuits, and former BC Kairos directors. 
  • A closing day of reflection to name and claim how students are called to be an instrument of God’s love in concrete, tangible ways. 
     

Who attends?

Any undergraduate student who has attended a Kairos, Search, Emmaus or Encounter Retreat either at BC or elsewhere. This retreat is accessible to students of all faith traditions. If you are not Christian, Campus Ministry will provide a spiritual companion from your own tradition. The retreat is open to the first 30 students who register.

Questions?

Contact Emily Egan or Marissa Papula.
 

Fall 2019 Retreat

  • Registration Deadline: 9/11
  • Retreat Dates: 9/15 - 11/24, 2019
  • Opening Community Night: 9/15, 4 to 8 p.m.
  • 4 independently scheduled meetings with your spiritual companion
  • Closing Day of Reflection: 11/24, 12:30 to 4 p.m. 
     


Cabaret Room, Vanderslice Hall
Cost: $30*

Register

 

Spring 2020 Retreat

  • Registration Deadline: 1/23
  • Retreat Dates: 1/26 - 3/22, 2020
  • Opening Community Night: 1/26, 4 to 7:30 p.m.
  • 4 independently scheduled meetings with your spiritual companion
  • Closing Day of Reflection: 3/22, 12:30 to 4 p.m.



Cabaret Room, Vanderslice Hall
Cost: $30*

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Manresa Silent Retreat

Manresa is a silent retreat based on St. Ignatius of Loyola’s Spiritual Exercises. Held each year during winter break at BC's beautiful Connors Family Retreat Center, Manresa is a time of quiet, reflection, and prayer with an open, flexible schedule in a peaceful setting.

What's it like?

  • Plenty of time to rest, explore the grounds, pray, reflect, and just be, free of the pressures and stress of daily campus life
  • Retreatants meet individually with a spiritual director each day to explore questions about faith, justice, and meaning. Directors include campus ministers, Jesuits, and other BC faculty/staff
  • Daily opportunities to attend Mass and prayer services based upon the Spiritual Exercises, as well as, contemplative offerings including art and meditation
  • Students will have a private bedroom


Who attends?

This retreat is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. The retreat's religious focus is Christianity in the Roman Catholic tradition, but all students seeking to lead meaningful lives can benefit from the silence, reflection, and peaceful environment. If a student is not Christian, Campus Ministry will provide a spiritual director from one's own tradition.

Questions?

Contact Emily Egan.

January 8-12, 2020
Connors Family Retreat Center in Dover, MA
Cost: $100*
Transportation provided

Register

The deadline to register is Thursday, December 5 at noon.

 

Monastic Retreat for Graduate Students

The Monastic Retreat is a unique spring break experience for graduate students to share the peace of Saint Joseph’s Abbey in Spencer, MA. Be restored by the simplicity and quiet of this counter-cultural community who welcome you as their guest.

What's it like?

  • An open, flexible schedule to rest, read, reflect, and explore the beautiful grounds
  • Get to know the monks through spiritual direction and group discussions about living with intention
  • Daily opportunities to attend Mass and pray the Liturgy of the Hours
  • Retreatants will have a private bedroom and bathroom


Who attends?

This retreat is for graduate students (exceptions will be made for undergraduates who have participated on Manresa or another silent retreat.)  Space is limited, please apply as soon as possible. The retreat's religious focus is Christianity in the Roman Catholic tradition, but all students seeking to live with intention can benefit from the quiet, reflective, and peaceful environment.

Questions?

Contact Emily Egan

March 2-6, 2020
Saint Joseph’s Abbey in Spencer, MA
Cost: $100 *

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Multi-Faith Retreat

The Multi-Faith Retreat brings together students of different faiths, traditions, and worldviews to find common values and become advocates for interfaith cooperation. This 24 hour retreat seeks to foster community among the many religions celebrated at Boston College. Our Jesuit, Catholic mission calls us to support students of all faiths in their search for ultimate meaning. Students will both reflect upon their own religious identities, and deepen their understanding of the religious experiences of others. 

What’s it like?

  • Build relationships with fellow students through large and small group interfaith dialogue
  • Opportunities for prayer and reflection with respect to religious differences 
  • Be inspired by student leaders and interfaith activists who creatively and courageously counter faith-based hate
  • Stay connected post-retreat by engaging in shared action towards the common good such as the Multi-Faith Thanksgiving Celebration and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Gathering 
  • Students will stay in single or double occupancy rooms
      

Who attends?

Undergraduate students of all faith backgrounds and wisdom traditions. Space is limited and our goal is to select a diverse group of students in order to create a balanced and representative group. If we are unable to accommodate you this year, then we hope to do so in the future. 

Questions?

Contact Emily Egan.

October 25 - 26, 2019
Bellarmine House in Cohasset, MA
Cost: $25*
Transportation provided

Register

The deadline to register is Tuesday, October 22 at noon.

Sophia Women's Retreat

Be inspired, encouraged, and renewed at this two-night weekend retreat during fall break. Sophia draws upon the collective wisdom of women past and present to cultivate an understanding of the intersection between faith and feminism.

A group of women holding colorful paintings

What's it like?

  • Laughter, rest, authentic conversation, and good food
  • Explore the themes of faith, sisterhood, and self-exploration through talks, small group discussions, and reflective exercises
  • Low stress and deep peace
  • Led by recent college graduates committed to lives of faith and justice
  • Opportunities for rest and prayer
  • Enjoy the outdoors and beautiful change of seasons at the four acre property
  • Students will share lodging in a loft space unless otherwise requested


Who attends?

Undergraduate students who identify as female. The retreat will be grounded in Ignatian Spirituality from the Christian tradition, but students from all faith traditions and worldviews can be enriched by feminist perspectives and themes on faith.

Questions?

Contact Emily Egan.

October 11 - 13, 2019
Friendly Crossways in Harvard, MA
Cost: $75*
Transportation provided

Register

The deadline to register is Sunday, October 6 at midnight.

Study by the Sea

Get the most out of your study days by getting away from the distractions of campus life. Study, write papers, and reflect about your semester on the beautiful shores of Cohasset, MA. Our Ignatian heritage encourages the practice of cura personalis, which is Latin for care of the whole person – mind, body, spirit, and soul. Join us on Study by the Sea to learn the practice of Cura Personalis as you prepare for exams!

What's it like?

  • Enjoy an open and flexible schedule to study, eat home-cooked meals, and rest at your own pace.
  • Retreatants will have a private room with a desk and access to shared study space with ocean views.
  • Opportunities for prayer and reflection, including spiritual direction, Mass, and mindfulness meditation


Who attends?

Open to undergraduates; the first 20 students who register will secure a spot. This retreat is accessible to students of all faith traditions.

Questions?

Contact Emily Egan.

Fall Retreat

December 10 - 11, 2019
Bellarmine House in Cohasset, MA
Cost: $50*
Transportation provided

Register

The deadline to register is Sunday, December 8 at midnight.

Spring Retreat

May 3 - 4, 2020
Bellarmine House in Cohasset, MA
Cost: $50*
Transportation provided

Register

The deadline to register is Thursday, April 30 at noon.

Spiritual Direction

Spiritual direction is an on-going relationship between a “directee” (person seeking direction) or “retreatant” (person making a retreat) and a “director” (qualified person giving guidance) to discuss the directee’s spiritual life.  Through conversation and reflection, the directee becomes more attuned to God's presence in their life, and can respond more fully to God in all areas of their life. 


Logistics

Typically, spiritual direction is a half- to one-hour, one-on-one conversation between director and directee in some quiet, private setting.  Spiritual direction can take place either in the context of a retreat or in regular, everyday life on an ongoing basis – in which case meeting frequency is usually about once a month.  The focus of the meetings is the directee's relationship with God within all aspects of life.  The directee leads the direction of the conversation. 

Context

The directee assumes responsibility for their life with God, working to incorporate some form of intentional reflection on their relationship with God.  This may or may not include an experience or practice of some form of prayer, understanding that “prayer” can take various forms (formal and informal, e.g.).  During the meeting, director and directee seek to enter into a prayerful atmosphere where together they can be attentive to the movement of the Holy Spirit in the directee’s life.   

Methods

The director may listen, question, challenge, suggest, and support the directee, and may suggest methods and specific content of prayer.  Ultimately the directee must own whatever insights they uncover, or course of action they decide to take; the director is a facilitator in the process, and the directee must claim the journey. 

Director/Directee Relationship

Given the intimate nature of spiritual direction, the relationship and personal dynamic between the director and directee is paramount, and must be comfortable for each.  This may take a few sessions to decide on.  It is important that a directee feels free to seek out a new director if they are not ultimately comfortable with the dynamic.  

Spiritual Direction v. Therapy/Counseling

In contrast with therapy/counseling, spiritual companioning/direction is fundamentally concerned with a person’s relationship with God:  with recognizing and responding to God in regular, ongoing, daily life as well as in the midst of specific issues of struggle or disorder.  Therapy is not necessarily or fundamentally concerned with a person’s relationship with God.  And problem solving is not the primary focus of spiritual direction, whereas it can be in therapy.  A spiritual companion may refer a retreatant to counseling if appropriate.   

Setting up Spiritual Direction at Boston College

There are many people at Boston College who are qualified spiritual directors – laymen and women, Jesuits, and men and women in other religious orders.  If you are a current BC undergraduate student interesting in just trying out, or definitely setting up, spiritual direction here at BC, contact Ellen Modica at ellen.modica@bc.edu or (617) 552-4665.

*Campus Ministry wants to ensure cost does not keep a student from attending a retreat. If a financial need exists, please contact Emily Egan, or for Kairos contact Marissa Papula.