Accept the Invitation!
Campus Ministry’s retreat program invites students to deeper engagement in their own spiritual lives. Through participation in retreats, students are encouraged to become more acutely aware of God’s presence in their midst, to be more actively involved in their relationship with the Divine, to be more deeply connected to the human community, and to become more fully committed to offering themselves in service to the building of the Kingdom of God. Evidencing Campus Ministry’s belief that retreats provide extraordinarily valuable opportunities for students, the department highly subsidizes the cost of retreats in the hopes of making them financially accessible for all students.
We hope you accept the invitation and join us for the journey!
To learn more about each retreat, please click on the following links:
Frosh Get-A-Way: September 12-14, 2014
Silent Retreat: September 26-27, 2014
Retreat on the Rock: February 6-8, 2015
Lumberjack Service Retreat: May 19-24, 2014
SuperNatural Christians Retreat: May 18-23, 2015
For more information about Campus Ministry’s Retreats, contact: Cindy Schmersal at 816-501-4303.
September 12-14, 2014
This weekend retreat provides first-year students an opportunity to meet one another and a number of upper-class student leaders, nurture friendships, discuss college life, clarify their relationships with God and others, enjoy time in prayer and in nature, and have some fun. All frosh are encouraged to attend Frosh Get-A-Way! Read what students have said about the retreat. (PDF)
Watch the Frosh Get-A-Way Video
September 26-27, 2014
Given the frenzied pace of modern life, it is increasingly rare to find places where quiet and reflection are truly honored and preserved. The world calls us to be busier and busier, to be continually “plugged in.” This twenty-four hour silent retreat offers students much needed space for silence, stillness and spiritual discernment. An opportunity for contemplation and quiet, the Silent Retreat allows retreatants to unplug from their daily lives, quiet themselves and listen to the still, small voice of God. The retreat includes the opportunities for group prayer and meetings with an individual spiritual director. Students interested in attending must have previous retreat experience, submit a complete interest survey and meet with Cindy Schmersal one-on-one to discuss participation in the retreat. Read what students have (PDF) said about this retreat.
February 6-8, 2015
Retreat on the Rock is a weekend charged with God’s love! Student retreat leaders share moving talks, facilitate small group discussions, and lead transformative prayer experiences. The goal of Retreat on the Rock is to provide retreatants with the opportunity to view both themselves and God from a new perspective, thereby deepening their relationships with God and others. Retreat on the Rock is open to all students. Read what students say about this retreat. (PDF)
May 19-24, 2014
Every even year (2014, 2016…) Campus Ministry sponsors a domestic service trip to Hancock, Michigan to serve with Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly (Little Brothers), a non-profit agency. Little Brothers provides many services for the rural, aging poor, including free firewood, which reduces the burdensome heating bills of northern Michigan winters. Little Brothers supplies the saws, axes, gasoline and logs…Rockhurst University students supply the muscle. A can-do attitude, rather than woodcutting experience, is all that is required. Furthermore, Little Brother’s motto, “Flowers Before Bread,” illuminates the belief that providing companionship for the elderly is, in many ways, more important than providing for their physical needs. In that spirit, participants are invited to spent time visiting with the folks to whom they deliver firewood. For more information, contact Bill Kriege at 816-501-4855.
May 18-23, 2015
Every odd year (2015, 2017…) Campus Ministry offers this six-day backpacking retreat in which participants are invited to celebrate and explore their relationship to Earth in light of their Christian faith. Set in Upper Michigan's Sylvania Wilderness Tract, an 18,000-acre, 34-lake example of God's pristine creation, the SuperNatural challenges retreatants physically (hiking and canoeing), mentally (studying current environmental issues) and spiritually (new prayer forms). Daily visits from bald eagles and nightly concerts from several families of loons provide added inspiration. Open to all undergraduate & graduate students. All are welcome: Eagle Scouts, backpacking tenderfeet, and everyone in between!
Campus Ministry recognizes that retreats play a valuable role in nurturing and growing students’ faith throughout their college years. Yet, all retreats have associated costs. In order to make these retreats feasible for students, Campus Ministry heavily subsidizes the retreat program.
If the retreat cost presents too significant a financial hardship, please complete this scholarship form (PDF) and return it to Cindy Schmersal in Campus Ministry. Scholarship applications must be submitted by the registration deadline for the retreat. All applications will be reviewed and assistance provided based on the availability of funding. Individuals who submit a scholarship application must also complete and submit a registration form for the retreat.
Our great desire is that all students who wish to participate in retreats are able to do so regardless of their financial situations. If you have questions, please contact Cindy Schmersal at 816 501-4303.
Peer leadership is an instrumental aspect of many of Campus Ministry’s retreats. If you are a student with prior retreat experience who feels called to minister to peers through the role of a retreat leader, we encourage you to speak with Cindy Schmersal at 816-501-4303 about available opportunities.