This mandatory Sunday retreat welcomes the freshman class to the Bellarmine community and introduces them to the spiritual life of the school. Freshmen, teachers, upperclassmen serving as retreat leaders and those serving as big brothers gather to share a variety of activities including liturgy, prayer, reflection, discussion, hospitality and social activity.
Sophomores take a day away from the busyness of school to discuss the things that are really important, and how to make the most out of their Bellarmine experience. This retreat is open to all sophomores and is offered five times throughout the year.
Big Brothers (juniors and seniors selected to mentor incoming freshmen) attend an overnight retreat in September to ground themselves in Christian leadership principles and to prepare themselves to lead Freshman Retreat in October.
This four-day retreat is an opportunity for juniors and seniors to reflect on self and relationships with God, family and friends. Through the experience of group discussion, prayer and Sacraments, students are helped to see life in a new way, and more fully appreciate the remaining days of high school and the years ahead.
With recognition of God’s presence, this overnight retreat is a time for deepening the bond of love between mother and son or father and son. There is time for sharing, prayer and relaxation.
A small group of students venture out to contemplate their image of God over four days in the Sierras. This retreat blends Ignatian spirituality with the quiet of the backcountry.