Jesuit spirituality is based upon the conversion of St. Ignatius and his Spiritual Exercises. As such, McQuaid Jesuit's retreat program seeks to engage each person individually while respecting our students' diverse lived experiences. This is encapsulated by the Latin phrase cura personalis, or "care of the whole person." As a school in the Ignatian tradition, McQuaid Jesuit believes that retreats are as valuable as a day in the classroom. Therefore, each grade is offered a unique retreat experience. Retreats provide opportunities for personal growth, community building, and servant leadership.
6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Retreats
The 6th, 7th, and 8th grades all participate in a separate one day retreat that takes place over the course of a regular school day. The focus of the retreats are to build class unity and encourage students to grow in their understanding of Ignatian principles and the profile of the Grad at Grad.
All freshmen are required to attend the InVia Retreat. InVia means “on the way.” It is a one day experience that takes place over the course of a regular school day. It is designed for McQuaid Jesuit freshmen who find themselves “on the way” to becoming young men of competence, compassion, and conscience. This retreat unites the class through bonding activities, reflection, and discovering what it means to be a McQuaid Jesuit Knight.
All freshmen have the opportunity to attend the Magis Retreat. A key element of Ignatian spirituality, magis is a Latin word which translates roughly as “the more” or “deeper.” The retreat is a two-day, one-night experience where freshmen focus on growing into young men, their relationship with others and God, and how they can work toward the magis in their daily lives.
All sophomores have the opportunity to attend the Emmaus Retreat. The Emmaus Retreat is an experience based on the story from the Gospel of Luke where the resurrected Jesus encounters two of his disciples on the road to Emmaus. This retreat is a three-day, two-night experience where students are led on a journey of prayer and reflection by exploring their lives and relationships with others and by coming face-to-face with the person of Jesus Christ in the breaking of the bread.
All juniors and seniors have the opportunity to attend one of several Kairos Retreats offered throughout the year. Kairos is a Greek word that means “God’s time.” The retreat is a four-day, three-night experience where students get to know themselves, their fellow students, and God on a deeper level. This retreat, as are all of our retreat experiences, is student run and overseen by McQuaid Jesuit faculty and staff. The Kairos Retreat is a unique and life-changing opportunity. All students at McQuaid Jesuit are encouraged to make the Kairos Retreat before they graduate.