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To fulfill the Christian Service and Retreat requirements of sophomore year, each sophomore must attend an overnight Urban Immersion Retreat.  The retreat will begin Friday at 3 p.m. and will run until about 6 p.m. on Saturday (after we attend Mass together).  During the retreat we will be preparing and serving a meal for people who are homeless, working in the Prep Food Pantry, and visiting with the senior citizens at St. Ann's Home in Jersey City.

As we work together with the poor and underprivileged, we will also be taking the time to reflect together. We will process our experiences as a group and discuss the Jesuit idea of a “faith that does justice,” always remembering that we are men (and women) for others.  We hope that this retreat will inspire the sophomore class to commit themselves to serving our less fortunate brothers and sisters.

ALL SOPHOMORES MUST REGISTER FOR A RETREAT OF THEIR CHOICE.  The registration form can be found under "Sophomore Retreat Registration" in the toolbar to the left.  The deadline for registration is SEPTEMBER 9.

The retreat dates for the 2016-2017 school year are:

  • September 23-24, 2016
  • October 14-15, 2016
  • November 4-5, 2016
  • November 18-19, 2016
  • December 9-10, 2016
  • January 13-14, 2017
  • February 3-4, 2017
  • February 24-25, 2017
  • March 17-18, 2017
  • March 31-April 1, 2017
  • April 28-29, 2017
  • May 12-13, 2017

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. O'Connell at or (201) 547-6457 immediately to discuss other dates. Remember that this retreat fulfills the Christian Service requirement for the year – something that is necessary for graduation.


Joe W., ’12 said that “Sophomore retreat showed me how many people are living in poverty, and the talks we heard were really helpful with my reflection.”

Alex G., ’12 said that “Sophomore retreat opened my eyes to a life that I could never imagine myself living.”