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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 St. Mary's Abbey in Morristown, NJ, 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 grounds, Emmaus retreatants learn from one another the lessons of faith, respect, compassion and brotherhood.

The cost of this retreat is $50.  Payment can be made via cash or a check made out to "Saint Peter's Prep."

For more information, please contact Mr. John Dougherty at


The dates for the 2015-2016 School Year are:

Emmaus 279: October 24-26

Emmaus 280: November 14-16 Cancelled

Emmaus 280: January 9-11

Emmaus 281: February 6-8

Emmaus 282: February 27-29

Emmaus 283: April 9-11