The Retreat Program

As a Catholic school we educate students in a holistic manner, focusing on the development of mind, body, and soul.  The spiritual development of our students is of foremost importance and is infused into every aspect of our school day from prayers to start class, religious instruction, liturgical worship to discussions of Catholic virtues and themes across the curriculum.  Retreat experiences are times to step back from our normal routines and responsibilities and focus on connecting and developing our relationships with God.  Many of our retreat programs are infused into other aspects of student development such as athletics and performing arts, and are required for participation in these activities.  This means that many if not most of our students will experience two or more retreats a year due to their involvement in other activities.  At a minimum every student in the school is required to attend at least one retreat in order to fulfill their annual retreat requirement and advance to the next grade level.  Many of our retreats take place on the Camden Catholic campus but there are several overnight retreat experiences off campus which include a fee to attend.

2019-2020 Retreat Schedule

KAIROS VII Retreat- February 6- 9, 2020 at the Holy Spirit Retreat House in Absecon, NJ.  This is an optional retreat experience that is open to students in 11th and 12th grade.  There is a fee to attend this four- day, three- night retreat.   Space is limited to 30 students. Sign up in Campus Ministry.

Catholic Athletes for Christ– November 10, 2019 at Camden Catholic High School.  This retreat is designed for student athletes.  * One CAC retreat is required for student athletes.

Freshman Retreat– December 17-19, 2019.  This retreat is part of the Freshman Transition Program and focuses on the charism of mercy, history and traditions of Camden Catholic High School.  Students will travel to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and Cathedral Hall (the original location of Camden Catholic).  Freshman are required to attend this retreat for one of the days.

Young Men’s Retreat – December 13, 2019 Location TBD

Catholic Performers for Christ Retreat– January 5, 2020 from 9AM to 1PM.  This retreat will take place at Camden Catholic High School.  This retreat is required for all students in choir, band, actors guild/Shakespeare troupe/Thespian Society, stage crew and musical and adult directors and moderators.

Canada Retreat February 7-10, 2020- Building Community- Students will visit 3 churches, see relics, and admire religious artworks of Christ’s life (both within the churches as well as at the Albert Gilles Copper Museum). Students will journal and reflect, attend mass and reconciliation, and learn the culture.

March for Life- January 24, 2020.

DeSales Service Retreat (Juniors and Seniors only) January 9- January 11, 2020. Students will spend two nights and three days working in the Camden community. DeSales Service Works will provide opportunities for face-to-face service, and will guide us in work to change the lives of those we serve and to expand the mindset of those who serve. Students MUST sign up for this retreat by December 1, 2019. Space is limited to 15 students. This retreat can count as a retreat AND towards service hours. There is a fee to attend this retreat.

Girls’ Vocations Retreat– February 2020 date and location TBD

Catholic Athletes for Christ– February 9, 2020 at Camden Catholic High School.  This retreat is designed for student athletes.  * One CAC retreat is required for student athletes.

KAIROS VIII– March 26-29, 2020 at the Holy Spirit Retreat House in Absecon, NJ.  This is an optional   retreat experience that is open to students in 11th and 12th grade.  There is a fee to attend this four-day, three-night retreat.  Space is limited to 30 students.

iRace for Vocations– Date TBD.  This diocesan sponsored event involves Mass and prayers for vocations in our diocese and a run/walk and service opportunities.

All School Retreat– April 8, 2020 from 8:15 to 2:37.  This retreat is at Camden Catholic High School and is required for anyone who has not already completed a retreat.  A guest retreat director will lead the retreat and students will have large and small group sessions.  School busing is provided to and from school this day like a regular school day.