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.
Sophomore Year - Required
The Faces of Christ Retreat is a one-day retreat from 8:00am 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 Heart Ministry Center to spend the day volunteering in HMC Food Pantry.
Sophomores also have the opportunity to participate in the optional Sophomore Overnight Retreat. This retreat is led by two faculty members and 2-3 upperclasmen retreat leaders. This optional retreat takes place at Camp Fontanelle in Nickerson, NE. Students are drive to the retreat center by a faculty member in the school van or by a junior or senior retreat leader in their car. The retreat activities include small faith group sharing, personal prayer, and focuses on relationships with God, others, and self.
Junior Year – Required (one of two options):
Juniors are required to select one of the two 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.