Catholic school retreats are relational at heart. They acknowledge each individual’s unique reality and bring the power of the Gospel in a way that engages and empowers young people. Through the retreat experience students come to know Christian love and are exposed to a gospel centred way of life.

Students hear and reflect on the gospel and on how to connect the gospel message to their lives and to find ways of continuing the Church’s mission. As part of the retreat experience students have the opportunity to reflect on their relationship with God and the presence of God in their lives.


Catholic school retreats are an integral part of the life-long faith formation of young people. Students withdraw from the ordinary activities of the school for a period of time to be with God in prayer and reflection.

The purpose of a retreat is for the participant to leave their day to day world in order to come in closer contact with God, themselves and their community. The retreat experience contains a mixture of instruction, prayer, reflection, and free time. Ideally students will celebrate the sacraments of reconciliation and eucharist.