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The Retreat Programs at BMHS are designed to provide opportunities for spiritual formation that are appropriate to the developmental level of the students and challenge them in their faith.
Juniors have three retreat options – a Kairos Retreat (3 days, 2 nights) – where students have the opportunity to reflect on their relationships with God, themselves, and others in a meaningful way, the Romero Center Service Retreat (4 days, 3 nights) or the Appalachia Service Retreat (6 days, 5 nights) – where students have the opportunity to encounter God through service to the poor and marginalized.
The Romero Center Service Retreat is a 4 day, 3 night experience in Camden, NJ. Camden has been known for many years as a place of poverty and dysfunction. Students will assist with the well established Romero Center in homeless shelters, soup kitchens, drop in shelters for those with AIDS/HIV, and assist those in abject poverty. The goal of BMHS’ trip to the Romero Center is to take students out of the ordinary so that they might experience the extraordinary. With service and reflection, our students will hopefully experience Christ and see Him in the faces of the poor.
The Christian Appalachia Service Retreat is a 6 day, 5 night experience in Kentucky. Some of the poorest of the poor are located within the US border, hidden in the Appalachian Mountain Range. Students will volunteer with the Christian Appalachia Project, a volunteer organization founded by Fr. Beiting. Upon founding CAP he said, “I wanted people to get their hands dirty and their feet muddy”. Our students will do just that, assisting with home construction, food pantries, and other necessary services. Our students will see a different form of poverty than what is typically found near BMHS and, through service and reflection, will mature spiritually.
Kairos is a 3 day, 2 night retreat experience. Students have the opportunity to review their relationship with God and His presence through their lives through this Ignatian style retreat. It is a profoundly moving retreat, with students listening to talks, journaling, and reflecting. There are many activities that draw students closer with each other, and more importantly, with God.
The Junior day retreat is an extended day retreat for any Junior who does not attend any of the other retreat options. There will be time for activities, reflection, and service so as to engage the whole person. The hope is that this retreat will meet the needs of all the students present and that they will be drawn closer to God.
Junior Retreat News and Information
In the Fall of each year, students will be given the opportunity to sign up for one of these options using our online registration “Sign Up for Junior Retreat Experience”.
- Romero Center Service Retreat, October 4-7, 2012
- Kairos Retreat, October 10-12, 2012
- Kairos Retreat, November 7-9, 2012
- Kairos Retreat, February 20-22, 2013
- Appalachia Service Retreat, March 24-29, 2013
- Romero Center Service Retreat, April 11-14, 2013
- Kairos Retreat, April 24-26, 2013
- Junior Day of Retreat, May 1, 2013