The Regis High School retreat program offers students the opportunity to take time away from their busy academic, athletic, and social lives for prayer and reflection. While on retreat, students reflect on and discuss issues that affect their lives. Our retreats are constructed to empower and develop the spiritual and emotional aspects of students. We prioritize meeting students where they are in order to support them on their spiritual and physical journey through high school. Our retreat program is student-led in order to emphasize that students are the living examples of Christ in our community. Each year students are required to attend one retreat, and many choose to participate in more than one.
At its heart, our retreat program strives to assist our students as they seek to find God in all things, come to a greater awareness of God’s action in their lives, and deepen their relationship with Christ. The retreat program offers our students intentional moments to reflect and act upon their progress towards the Profile of a Regis Graduate at Graduation.
Iñigo Retreat (Freshman)
St. Ignatius, born in Loyola, Spain was a man who dared to achieve his goals in life to be a Jesuit. In that same spirit, our Freshman Retreat aims to invite our newest Regians into the brotherhood and community of the school. With a special emphasis on service, we hope to highlight the many unique aspects of our school’s mission and history. In connection with the history of St. Ignatius of Loyola and St. John Francis Regis, we highlight the Profiles of A Graduate at graduation. Our invitation to our first years aims to embrace our call to be open to growth, open to others, religious, intellectually competent, and committed to doing justice. This student led retreat is essential in the formation of our Regians.
Quest Retreat (Sophomore)
Our Quest retreat marks the halfway point for our sophomores through their time at Regis. This two night, three day retreat at the Loyola Retreat Center in Morristown, New Jersey allows students to recognize the presence of God in their everyday lives. Aptly titled to reflect the spiritual journey each of us makes in our lives, students in their advisement group focus on various talks led by upperclassmen and faculty. Leaders seek to guide our sophomores into a better understanding of themselves and their developing relationships with God and others. The retreat is based upon the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, giving students a better understanding of Ignatian Spirituality.
Quest Dates (2021-2022)
November, December, January, February, March
Summit Retreat (Junior)
Junior year is filled with many important moments for our Regians. After a formative experience on Quest, we begin to challenge our students to prepare for their future place as leaders of our community. The Junior Leadership Day is our call to action where we begin to plan and process for students’ commitment to doing justice. They will begin to better understand their connection to the greater New York community while escalating their responsibilities as leaders. Furthermore, retreat leaders will serve as guides in encouraging our students to take the concepts of leadership, social responsibility, discernment and social justice.
Emmaus Retreat (Senior)
“They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; but they were kept from recognizing him.”
Our Emmaus retreat offers juniors and seniors the opportunity to walk alongside each other as Jesus walked with the disciples on the Road to Emmaus. Inspired by the story found in the gospel of Luke, this retreat allows our upperclassmen to reflect on their time at Regis thus far and where their path is leading them. By recognizing the road behind us and the road we are on, we hope to prepare Regians for the road ahead.
Emmaus Dates (2020-2021)
September, October, November, December
There is no better way to wrap up senior year than to spend it far away from New York City. Our Senior Retreat is the perfect ending to wrapping up what has been an arduous journey as a Regian. Tucked away in the Poconos is a unique retreat house reserved for this sole retreat where seniors can spend time resting, praying, and having fun. Led by Mr. Amatrucola, the storied senior retreat provides a unique spin on the Regis retreat experience with its strong ties to community and camaraderie.
Manresa Retreat (Silent)
Students are invited to encounter God on a silent retreat grounded in the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Amidst the beauty of the Linwood Retreat Center located on the Hudson river and guided by Ignatian forms of prayer, participants will reflect on their lives from a prayerful and Christ-centered perspective.
Retreatants have found that the silence and opportunity for reflection provided rest and allowed for the deepening of their spiritual lives. Through sacred silence, personal prayer, retreatants are encouraged to reflect on God’s presence in their lives. During the retreat, one-on-one spiritual conversations with trained staff are available if desired.
The Father-Son retreat is designed for upperclassmen (juniors and seniors) fathers and sons to bolster their relationship. Our hope is to develop the shared bond between () while trying to educate and share new methods of communication. This unique retreat experience serves as an opportunity for both students and their parents to step out of the routine of their traditional lives by sharing it in community with other members of the community. Our work on this retreat should invigorate the connection between both parties. Note: This retreat will call for both parties to be present throughout the retreat.