Catholic

Retreats in the Catholic tradition

Georgetown's Catholic retreats for undergraduate students include Loyola: A First-Year Retreat in the Ignatian Tradition, Montserrat: A Sophomore Retreat in the Ignation Tradition, Manresa: A Junior Retreat in the Ignatian Tradition, and La Storta: A Senior Retreat in the Ignatian Tradition.  

Students sometimes ask if you have to be Catholic to come on these retreats. While they are Catholic retreats, you don’t have to be Catholic to join.  The community environment on all our retreats is always welcoming, reverent, loving and fun!  So no matter where you are on your own faith journey, you are always welcome.  

In addition to these retreats, Georgetown also offers Prayer in Daily Life retreats, Weekend Ignatian retreats, and 5-day Ignatian retreats.  

Loyola: A First-Year Retreat in the Ignatian Tradition

Inspired by St. Ignatius’ own story of meeting his best friends in college, Loyola is a Catholic weekend retreat welcoming all students in their first year at Georgetown who want to deepen their friendships and grow in their faith.  Activities will include Jesuit and student reflections, small group discussions on topics related to first-year student life, great food and great company!

The community environment on all our retreats is always welcoming, reverent, loving and fun!  So no matter where you are on your own faith journey, you are always welcome.  We will offer opportunities for bonding with friends, reflection, conversations with Jesuits and chaplains, the sacrament of reconciliation, and Mass.  

No prior retreat experience is necessary.

Montserrat: A Sophomore Retreat in the Ignatian Tradition

Inspired by the story of St. Ignatius of Loyola, Montserrat is a Catholic weekend retreat designed to help sophomores reflect more deeply on who they are and whom they want to be.   The Benedictine shrine of Montserrat was one of Ignatius’ first stops in his own pilgrimage of faith. There he spent a night praying and reflecting on the mountaintop, and this intentional reflection ultimately set him on his course for the rest of his life.

Too often our lives are so busy - and we don’t take the time to stop and reflect on what brings true meaning to our lives.  Rooted in Ignatian spirituality, this retreat will provide a space to reflect more deeply on questions of meaning, belonging and purpose.  

No prior retreat experience is necessary.

Manresa: A Junior Retreat in the Ignatian Tradition

Manresa is a small town in Spain where St. Ignatius spent ten months of his life spending hours in prayer and working at a hospice.  While there, he began to discern which thoughts, feelings, and desires were leading him towards greater love of God and service to others, and which were distractions to his spiritual growth.

Inspired by this part of St. Ignatius’ story, Manresa is a Catholic weekend retreat designed to help juniors discern their feelings, thoughts, and desires and to learn and/or deepen habits of prayer.  Through Jesuit and student reflections, relaxation, small group faith-sharing, and spiritual conversations, students will engage questions such as, “What are my gifts?  What am I passionate about? Where can my gifts meet the world’s greatest needs?”

As with all of our Catholic retreats, all are welcome no matter where you may be on your own spiritual journey.  St. Ignatius’ story applies to everyone!  No prior retreat experience is necessary.

La Storta: A Senior Retreat in the Ignatian Tradition

St. Ignatius received a vision at La Storta, near Rome, in 1537.  He saw God place Ignatius with Christ carrying the cross.  This vision inspired Ignatius to follow Christ more fully and to form the Society of Jesus.

Inspired by this part of Ignatius’ story which deepened Ignatius’ own calling to follow Christ, this retreat is designed to help seniors reflect on their own lives - where they have been these past four years at Georgetown, where are they now, and where are they going.  Together with Jesuits, lay chaplains and student leaders, we will reflect on the question, “What might God be calling me to now?”

Prayer in Daily Life Retreat

Prayer in Daily Life is a weeklong on-campus individual retreat in the Catholic and Jesuit tradition. All undergraduate and graduate students, alumni, staff and faculty are welcome to participate, regardless of his or her faith tradition or retreat experience. Retreatants commit to a brief period of prayer each day in addition to meeting with a Chaplain or Jesuit for spiritual direction. The retreat opens and closes with refreshments at the Jesuit Residence and a time for individual and group prayer and reflection. This retreat is ideal for individuals seeking prayer and reflection amidst the business of daily life. 

Weekend Ignatian Retreat

 The Weekend Ignatian Retreat is a silent retreat based on the Examen, a prayerful reflection tool utilized by the founder of the Jesuits, St. Ignatius of Loyola. Retreatants are given the opportunity to reflect on God’s presence in their everyday lives through Chaplain reflections, optional spiritual direction, celebration of the Mass and moments for personal prayer and reflection. This retreat, in the Christian and Catholic tradition, is open to Georgetown graduate and undergraduate students, alumni, faculty and staff of all faiths.

Five-Day Ignatian Retreat

The Five-Day Ignatian Retreat is a silent directed retreat based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits. A silent directed retreat is one in which retreatants maintain a prayerful silence and are accompanied by a spiritual director throughout the retreat. Each day retreatants meet one-on-one with a spiritual director, engage in personal prayer periods and listen to presentations on prayer from the spiritual directors. Additionally, Mass and the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation are offered daily. Georgetown offers this retreat over winter and spring break for undergraduate and graduate students, alumni, faculty and staff.