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 2017-2018 spring semester during the weekend of February 2-4. Encounter is open to sophomore, junior, and senior students.

Registration for Encounter 2018 opens in November.  

For more information contact: Greg Mellor

Check out the 2018 Encounter video HERE.

Cross-Cultural Retreat

The Cross-cultural retreat invites participants of wide array of backgrounds into dialogue and learning from one another on an overnight experience.  This retreat is co-sponsored by the Center for International Education at Xavier University and is student-led.  

This school year's Cross-Cultural Retreat will take place during the fall semester from Saturday, November 11, to Sunday, November 12, and it is open to all undergraduate students.

For more information, contact Tala Ali.


Men's Retreat

During this overnight experience, participants have the opportunity to build a community of brotherhood that continues upon return to Xavier’s campus.  Topics including relationships, masculinity, and spirituality are explored through communal and individual reflection, sharing hardy meals, engaging in recreation, and simply hanging out.  

The 2017-2018 Men's Retreat will return to the woods of Yellow Springs, OH, and take place March 16-17.

Click here to register. 

Registration for the Men's Retreat will open in January.  For more information, contact Greg Mellor.

Women's Retreat

The Women's Retreat focuses on creating a community of support among women, engaging in activities of self-renewal, sharing meals together, and exploring the following questions:

  1. How am I seen as a woman?
  2. How do I see myself? 
  3. How does God see me?

This school year's Women's Retreat will take place January 19-20.  

For more information, contact Abby Anderson.  

Day Retreats

Envision CFJ

Envision CFJ is a fall semester annual retreat for student leaders of CFJ programming, and includes training and community building for 100+ students.  Envision 2017 will take place on Saturday, Sept. 9.

For more information, contact Greg Mellor.