Every year at Loyola, the students go on a retreat which is held either on campus or off campus at one of the many retreat centers in the area. The focus of the retreats changes each year and covers a wide range of topics such as “Being a Better Don” to “Understanding Ignatian Leadership.” It is the goal of the retreat program that it will help the young men of Loyola become more religious and loving, two of the values of the Graduate at Graduation. See below for a full list of retreats by grade level.




6th Grade Retreat

The theme of the 6th grade retreat is “Packing for the Journey”. The students will be led through a day of reflection by members of the sophomore class, where they will have a chance to look forward to their next seven years at Loyola and think about what tools they will need to be spirited members of the Loyola community and grow into the qualities of the Graduate at Graduation.

7th Grade Retreat

On this retreat the students will have an opportunity to explore more deeply the Grad at Grad qualities of being religious and loving. The student will have time to examine his personal spirituality as well as his religious beliefs. There will be time for large group activities, small group sharing, and personal reflection time. This retreat is a joint effort with the seventh grade class from St. Ignatius Loyola Academy.  We offer an opportunity for students to cultivate relationships with students from a fellow Jesuit school.

8th Grade Retreat

At the beginning of their 8th grade year, the young Dons will take time to look back at their two years together at Loyola and also take time to consider their role as leaders of the Middle School. The entire class goes to a retreat center for the day where they will take time to share and reflect on their experiences. They will hear talks from student leaders and be given time to share and reflect on their experiences so far. The entire class goes to a retreat center overnight where they will take time to share and reflect on their experiences. They will engage in outdoor and indoor team-building exercises and will be challenged to grow together as a class and with God. 

IGNITE - Freshman Retreat

The Freshman Retreat is entirely designed, planned, and executed by students. It is a unique overnight experience that takes place during the fall semester. Its main objectives are to help freshmen experience God's love, get to know their classmates better and to introduce the freshmen to the philosophy of a Jesuit school.

Sophomore Retreat

In preparation for the sophomore conversations the students will have an opportunity to spend the day at a retreat center and reflect on the qualities of the Graduate at Graduation. Adult and student leaders will share about what these qualities mean to them, and the retreatants will have an opportunity to reflect on how they have lived those principles.

4th Day Senior Retreat

The 4th Day Senior Retreat is an off campus optional retreat for seniors to reflect on their time at Blakefield, highlighting the lessons they have learned and how they plan to respond to future challenges. Student also hear alumni reflections and have an opportunity to engage in a dialogue about being Men For Others after high school is over.

Wilderness Retreat (open to all students)

This retreat is a 2 day/1 night experience modeled in the Ignatian tradition. Students will have opportunities to reflect on God’s presence in nature and within themselves. There will be time for silent meditation, group sharing, and team-building exercises.

Kairos Retreat (for Juniors and Seniors)

Kairos (or "the Lord's time") is a retreat led by students for students. The talks and exercises of this retreat center on the revelation of God's love as we experience it in our lives. The themes of the four days of Kairos are: “Who am I?” “Who is Jesus?” What is Jesus’ message to me?” and “How do I live my response to Jesus’ call?” Faculty and staff members participate as co-workers with the student team built from previous Kairos retreats. Over 2,000 Loyola Dons have made a Kairos retreat; ask one about it!