Retreats provide important opportunities to pause, step back, reflect, and be refreshed. Animated by Boston College’s Jesuit roots, Campus Ministry’s retreat program meets students where they are at. We offer a variety of experiences – ranging from on-campus to off-campus, from one-day to several days – designed to help students of all faith backgrounds become more attentive to themselves, others, and God.
Aloha Senior Retreat (off-campus retreat)
Aloha – a Hawaiian word meaning both “hello” and “goodbye” – is designed for seniors as they are in the process of saying goodbye to the undergraduate chapter of their lives and saying hello to a new and exciting future.
A student-led retreat that explores God’s unconditional love for us and our response to that love. Led by seniors in our CLC program, Beloved includes time for reflection, conversation, and relaxation.
Daily Life Retreat (on-campus Fall retreat)
The Daily Life Retreat is an opportunity to find God, on campus, on your own time. Taking place over three weeks in the Fall, retreatants meet one-on-one with an assigned Spiritual Companion to discuss whatever parts of faith and life seem most relevant to the student. The retreat is free and there are no requirements or prerequisites; anyone can take part. It’s a great way to incorporate spiritual growth into everyday life and to discover the richness of the Ignatian habit of seeking “God in all things.”
Ignite (off-campus weekend retreat for first-years)
Ignite is a great way to make lasting friendships with first-year students from across campus who want to deepen their faith and explore their path for the future.
Kairos (off-campus, weekend retreat)
Meaning “God’s Time” in Greek, Kairos is a student-run retreat that allows undergraduates the opportunity to step back from the many demands of life at Boston College in order to intentionally reflect on their relationships with God, with themselves, and with others. Using a simple, straightforward approach to conversation and reflection, it is a retreat open to students of all faith backgrounds and experiences. Retreatants listen to talks, discuss experiences in small groups, and experience some special Kairos surprises - all led by other students who have been on Kairos before. We currently offer 12 retreats each year.
Lenten Retreat (on-campus Spring retreat)
The Lenten Retreat is an opportunity for intentional prayer and reflection during the holy season of Lent – a time for repentance, reconciliation, and renewal. This year the retreat will ask students to think, pray, and reflect specifically about issues of race and prejudice. In addition to personal prayer, students will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with a faculty companion and be invited to join a discussion group sponsored by FACES.
Manresa (off-campus silent retreat)
Manresa is an annual directed retreat for undergraduate students based on St. Ignatius of Loyola’s Spiritual Exercises. Manresa is a time of quiet, reflection, and prayer with an open, flexible schedule in a peaceful setting. It is held each year during Winter break at BC’s beautiful Connors Family Retreat Center.
What does it mean to be a man for others in a competitive world? The Valencia ’73 Men’s Retreat is named after Pedro Arrupe’s speech to the 10th International Congress of Jesuit Alumni of Europe in Valencia, Spain, in 1973, where he coined the phrase “men for others.”
48Hours is a weekend experience open to all first-year students who are interested in finding ways to take advantage of BC’s intellectual, social, and spiritual community.
A two night overnight retreat designed specifically for AHANA Students to build community and provide an open space to share unique experiences.
A three day retreat for reflection, conversation, and exploration of one’s talents, decisions, and goals.
The Racial Identity and Development Experience (R.I.D.E.) is a weekend retreat that provides a safe space for undergraduate students to consider and discuss experiences of race and identity.
Spectrum is a confidential, free weekend away for LGBTQ students. In this welcoming environment, participants will be encouraged to engage in conversation and reflection about their personal identities to discern who they are and who they are called to be.
Spiritual direction is an ongoing 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. Campus Ministry offers students the opportunity to meet one-on-one with any of several campus ministers and other faculty and staff members to discuss, on an ongoing basis, any issues relating to faith.