Campus Ministry

Retreat Ministry

College Retreat

The Office of Campus Ministry offers weekend retreats for current full-time undergraduate students at least once a semester.

Faculty/Staff Retreat Days:

These weekends aim at bringing together faculty and staff for quiet time and reflection.  As a Catholic University dedicated to transforming hearts and minds to serve the world, it is part of our mission as faculty and staff to continue educating the whole person and growing in our faith to best serve our students.

Foundations Retreat Team:

The Foundations Retreat Team plans and executes the Foundations Retreats.  Currently, there are two Foundations Retreats:  “Finding and Owning Your Faith” for 9th and 10th-grade students, and “Rejoice! You are Loved” for 11th and 12th-grade students.  The 11th and 12th-grade retreat is offered by special request and we encourage parishes to collaborate in order to form a retreat group of willing participants for this age level.

Please contact Campus Ministry for more information on joining this team.


 Foundations Retreats:

Rivier students help design and lead retreats for high school students called “Foundations”. The core team works with the campus ministry staff to come up with content for the day, and then leadership training is given to Rivier students to help lead small groups and provide hospitality on the retreat days. About 50 high school students come to Rivier for a day of reflection, interactive activities, and prayer.

The day-long retreats cover themes such as personal gifts, values, role models of faith as well as scripture, prayer, and liturgy.

The theme of all the Foundations Retreats is “Finding and Owning Our Faith.”  Through the course of the day, participants will be led by Rivier University students through guided activities, the use of scripture, small group reflection times and different prayer experiences.  Our themes within the theme focus on: reviewing the major events of one’s life and asking where God was present; taking an inventory of one’s God-given gifts; identifying one’s top values in life; reviewing the foundations of saintliness and role models of faith; and engaging in different types of prayer from Mass to Scripture, Meditation to individual journaling. 

Retreats for 2018/19 School Year:

Sunday, February 10, 2019

*Note: Space is limited.  If you are a parish looking for more information about this program, please call the Diocesan Office of Youth Ministry at (603) 663-0145.