Creighton prep retreat program
Retreats are an opportunity for our students to step back and reflect on God’s work in their lives. Through prayer, discussion, and other activities they ask Christ, “Lord, when did we see you?” The Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius are the inspiration for our retreat program.
Freshman Year - Required
Freshman Retreat is a two and one-half day retreat experience organized and conducted by Campus Ministry, teachers, alumni, and upper-class student retreat leaders. The retreat is based on the concepts of community and love of God. This mandatory retreat, held at school, a service site, a recreation site and a group leader home, takes place the first full weekend in February. Junior and senior retreat leaders and a partner will drive the freshmen in their group to the service site, recreation site, the group leader home for a prayer service and then back to Prep.
Sophomore Year - Required
A one-day retreat from 7:30am to 3pm led by a faculty member. Ten sophomores are excused from classes every Friday and travel by school van driven by the faculty member to the Open Door Mission. There, they learn about the population served by the Open Door Mission and help with the Streets of Omaha Project.
Junior Year – Required (one of two options):
Juniors are required to select one of the two of the following options:
- Junior Encounter Retreat is a two and one-half day experience of Christian community and sacraments. This is a powerful opportunity for spiritual conversion for many students. A series of talks are given by Creighton Prep senior group leaders. Group discussion and prayerful reflection help students to see Christ working in their families, their friends, and their own lives. Five of these retreats are offered for juniors; students can choose their preferred dates based on availability. See school calendar for details. The retreat takes place at the Creighton University Retreat Center in Griswold, IA. Students are transported from Prep to the retreat center and returned to Prep by bus.
- Junior Ignatian Service Retreat focuses on service to neighbor and reflecting on the impact of the service on the student and the population served. Students travel to the Francis House shelter by school van or own car. They serve the evening meal and help with the various needs of the shelter.
Senior Year - Optional
This optional retreat takes place in March and focuses on reflecting on the past years at Prep and moving forward. This retreat begins at a parent or faculty member home for dinner. The remainder of the retreat takes place at Creighton Prep. This is not an overnight retreat. Most seniors attend this powerful retreat experience.
Other Optional Retreats:
- Sophomore Overnight Retreat is a 24 hour overnight retreat led by two faculty members and two upperclassmen retreat leaders. This optional retreat takes place at Camp Fontanelle in Nickerson, NE. Students are driven to the retreat center by a faculty member in the school van or by an junior or senior retreat leader in a car. The retreat activities include small group faith sharing, personal prayer, and focuses on relationships with God, others, and self.
- Junior-Senior Quiet Silent Retreat is open to mature junior or senior students who want to experience the grace a silent retreat has to offer. On this two day retreat, students will meet regularly with a spiritual director to discuss the experience and receive some direction for what to do with the extended periods of silence. The retreat takes place either at the Benedictine retreat center in Schuyler, NE or the Creighton University Retreat center in Griswold, IA. Students will travel by school van driven by a faculty member.