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Freshman Year: IgNite Retreat

The Class of 2019 at their IgNite Retreat


The “IgNite” retreat is an overnight experience that introduces freshmen to the Jesuit mission and community of Saint Peter’s Prep. This year's retreat, held at Prep, begins at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017 and concludes at 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017.  

The retreat’s name – IgNite – is a play on words, symbolizing how students spend the night being introduced to the beliefs and stories of Ignatius, the founder of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits). More than 40 seniors, who serve as Big Brothers to your son throughout the year, organize and lead the retreat, along with nearly three dozen teachers and administrators.

All freshmen are required to attend the “IgNite” retreat, which, in addition to acquainting students to Prep’s Jesuit traditions, also helps them come to better know themselves, their family and friends, and God.


“I enjoyed this retreat and I felt closer to God.”

“The senior leaders were good and inspiring. It made me think about my relationships with God and my friends.”

“The senior leaders were great and they really made me have an open mind.”

“If I was given the chance to do this over again, I definitely would.”

“I strongly recommend this program continues for many years to come.”

“Awesome retreat! One of the best and most spiritual ones that I’ve been on.”

“This retreat was a great success in all aspects of it. With the journal questions and the other activities, this retreat strengthened my relationship with my peers and God.”


IgNite Retreat Packing List

IgNite Retreat Permission Slip


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