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.
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.
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.
A key element of Ignatian spirituality, Magis is a Latin word which 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.
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. 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.
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 and all students at are encouraged to make it before they graduate.
La Storta Retreat
The name of the retreat is derived from a critical moment in the life of Saint Ignatius Loyola. On his way to Rome to seek the mission for the Society of Jesus from the Holy Father, Ignatius stopped at La Storta, a roadside chapel. There he had a powerful prayer experience that energized the work of the Society of Jesus.
This three-day, two-night retreat offers seniors an experience of solitude and silence so that they may discern the movement of God in their lives as well as God’s desire for them. Retreatants are accompanied by members of the faculty/staff who have received training as Ignatian spiritual directors. La Storta is a three-day, two-night experience.
All seniors have the opportunity to attend a three-day, two-night retreat in New York’s Adirondack State Park 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.