The Dorothy Day Center for Faith and Justice offers daylong and overnight retreats for Xavier students that provide valuable opportunities for spiritual growth and development.  Retreats are grounded in the Ignatian Tradition using tools for reflection, examination of one's self, and deepening community among participants.  Each retreat experience is prepared and facilitated by retreat teams that include student leaders and staff.

Overnight Retreats


Get-Away provides first year students an opportunity to get off 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 2017 will take place Sept. 29-30.  Click here to register.

For more information contact: Abby Anderson

Click here to find out what the 2015 retreatants had to say about their experience!



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 Oct. 27-29 and Feb. 23-25 in the 2017-2018 school year. Please save the dates!

Registration: For this retreat experience we like to have a mix of men and women of various class years attending so we fill spots on a rolling basis in those categories (gender and class year).  You can sign-up for the retreat at any time and will indicate on the form which semester/s you can attend (first years cannot go in the fall).  Signing up does not mean you will be attending the retreat, it puts you on the waiting list (everyone begins on the waiting list) from which we select participants based on gender and class year as described above. 

Click here to register.

For more information contact: Abby Anderson

Check out the latest Approach video  HERE.                                                                    


Encounter is a next step in deepening students' spiritual lives. This retreat is rooted in Ignatian Spirituality and invites students to intentionally explore and develop a personal relationship with God through individual reflection, small group sharing, and communal prayer. The Encounter Retreat builds off of the foundations set on the Approach Retreat at Xavier and similar retreats to Approach including Kairos, Search, T.E.C., etc.

Encounter will take place in the 2018-2019 spring semester during the weekend of February 8-10.. Encounter is open to sophomore, junior, and senior students.

Registration for Encounter 2019 opens in November.  

For more information contact: Greg Mellor

Check out the 2018 Encounter video HERE.