Jesuit spirituality is based upon the conversion of Saint Ignatius and his Spiritual Exercises. Retreats provide opportunities for personal growth, community building, and servant leadership. Our retreat program seeks to engage students individually while respecting their diverse lived experiences. We believe that retreats are as valuable as a day in the classroom. Therefore, each grade is offered unique retreat experiences.

Magis Retreat

A key element of Ignatian spirituality, Magis is a Latin word that translates roughly as “the more” or “deeper.” Freshmen are invited to attend this two-day, one-night experience where they focus on growing into young men, their relationship with others and God, and how they can work toward the Magis in their daily lives.

Emmaus Retreat

The Emmaus Retreat is an experience based on the story from the Gospel of Luke, where the resurrected Jesus encounters two of his disciples on the road to Emmaus. First-semester juniors and second-semester Sophomores are invited to attend this three-day, two-night experience and be led on a journey of prayer and reflection by exploring their lives and relationships with others and by coming face-to-face with the person of Jesus Christ in the breaking of the bread.

Kairos Retreat

Based on The Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius, Kairos is a Greek word that means “God’s time.” First-semester seniors and second-semester juniors have the opportunity to attend this four-day, three-night experience and get to know themselves, their fellow students, and God on a deeper level. The Kairos Retreat is a unique and life-changing opportunity; all students are encouraged to make it before graduating.

Wilderness Retreat

Seniors and juniors have the opportunity to attend a day retreat where they will discover God in creation, in silence, and in community with each other. By meditating on scripture and other spiritual works while experiencing the beauty of creation, students are drawn into contemplating the mystery of the Creator. No hiking or camping experience is required, but students should be ready for a rugged outing.

Middle School Retreats

Students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade participate in separate day retreats. These retreats build class unity and encourage students to grow in their understanding of Ignatian principles.

6th Grade Retreat – April 16

7th Grade Retreat – May 1

8th Grade Retreat – September 26

InVia Retreat

All freshmen attend the InVia Retreat, a one-day experience of service, reflection, and becoming a McQuaid Knight. InVia or “on the way” is for our freshmen who are “on the way” to becoming young men of competence, compassion, and conscience.

InVia Retreat – October 11