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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (201) 547-6457 immediately to discuss other dates. Remember that this retreat fulfills the Christian Service requirement for the year, and is necessary in order to progress onto junior year at Prep.
WHAT ARE STUDENTS SAYING ABOUT THE RETREAT?
"I really enjoyed, not just serving homeless people, but interacting with them. It was a great experience that changed the way I looked at my own life." - Brandon M, Class of 2019
"[Service] is an interesting way to break open your shell and to hear the most captivating stories you'd never think were possible." - Ethan D., Class of 2019
"The thing that will stick out most to me is that we have to be the change we want to see in the world, we have to be men of action; when we see something that isn't right we must fulfill our roles as human beings of GOD and take action." - Diego P., Class of 2019