There are several retreats for students to attend and lead in their time at Xavier. Xavier's retreat program is designed to address the spiritual needs of our students by challenging each participant to to deepen their spiritual life. The retreats are grounded in the Ignatian Tradition using Ignatian tools for reflection, examination of one's self, and deepening community among participants. All retreats are open to all students.

First Year Retreats


Get-Away provides first year students an opportunity to escape campus after about a month of their first semester at college. The focus of this reflective community event is to take a step back from the busy experience of college to have fun and reflect on where you want to go over the next four years.

Get-Away happens each year in the middle of September & registration begins in the summer.

For More Information Contact: Tim Dunn

Upper Class Retreats


Approach is Xavier's introductory retreat which is driven by the narratives of the students. Rooted in Christianity, the retreat calls students to a greater awareness to God in the world around and serves as an introduction to the importance of reflection in one's everyday "approach" to life.

Approach is scheduled for November 7-9 & February 13-15 in the 2014-2015 school year. Please save the date!

Registration: Registration for the Fall retreat will begin in late September/early October. The retreat typically fills up within 24 hours, so be on the look out!

If you would like to join the wait-list, please contact Tim Dunn. This will put you on the wait list for this semester & will also give you an opportunity to sign up next semester before it is open to the entire campus.

Check out the latest Approach video HERE

For More Information Contact: Tim Dunn



Encounter is the next step in deepening student's spiritual lives. This retreat is rooted in Ignatian Spirituality and challenges students to concentrate on developing a personal relationship with God, others and themselves. The Encounter Retreat is meant to build off of foundations set on the Approach Retreat at Xavier or for those who have had retreat experiences in high school (such as Kairos, Search, T.E.C. etc.) or with other church groups.

The 2014 retreat will take place January 24-26. The retreat is open to Soph-Senior students.

Registration: SIGN UP NOW! If you have any questions, please email Tim Dunn

For More Information Contact: Tim Dunn

Quiet Retreat

Quiet Retreat provides a unique opportunity for personal prayer and reflection in the Ignatian Tradition. Personal direction is offered throughout the weekend to help you grow in faith and deepen your relationship with God.

Silent Retreat happens each year in the Spring semester.

For More Information Contact: Katie Minning

Senior Get-Away

Senior Get-Away offers an opportunity for graduating seniors to reminisce and celebrate accomplishments. This is a time to reflect on the past and the present and to look to the future, while finding support in this period of transition in a fun and relaxed environment with friends.

Senior Get-Away will talk place in May--check back or contact CFJ staff for more information.

For More Information Contact: Katie Minning

Busy Person's Retreat

This two week retreat takes place on Xavier's campus amidst your busy lives. Students commit to praying daily, meet with a spiritual director three times, and are given materials that help lead them through an experience with the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.

For More Information Contact: Tim Dunn