The Emmaus Retreat program has been a part of Prep since Fr. Ned Coughlin, S.J., directed our first "Emmaus Weekend" in 1977. A three-day retreat at the Capuchin Youth Center in Upstate New York, "Emmaus" provides Prep seniors with the opportunity to examine their own spirituality and their relationship with God, form a community with fellow classmates and faculty members, and open their minds and hearts to the experiences, beliefs and feelings of others.


The name Emmaus comes from a scripture passage (Luke 24:13-35), wherein two of Christ's disciples meet Him on the road to Emmaus shortly after His resurrection. At first, the two disciples do not recognize Jesus. However, with night approaching, they invite Him to dine with them and stay the night. It is only then, in the breaking of the bread, that their eyes are opened and they recognize Him.

This is the very essence of the Emmaus Retreats: discovery, discipleship, acceptance and growth. Whether preparing meals together, spending time in prayer and discussion, or engaging in a spontaneous game of touch football on the beach, Emmaus retreatants learn from one another the lessons of faith, respect, compassion and brotherhood.

For more information, please contact Mr. John Dougherty at doughertyj@spprep.org.


The dates for the 2013-2014 School Year are:

Emmaus 267: October 26-28

Emmaus 268: November 9-11

Emmaus 269: December 14-16

Emmaus 270: January 11-13

Emmaus 271: February 1-3

Emmaus 272: March 15-17

Emmaus 273: April 26-28

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