Retreats are an essential part of developing young men to be reflective, thoughtful believers. Taking time away from the routine of the day and the "busyness" of life helps students gain perspective and evaluate priorities.
This mandatory weekend 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 Big Brothers gather to share a variety of activities including prayer, reflection, discussion, hospitality, and a heavy dose of fun!
Transfer Student Retreat
Transfer students gather together for one school day to get to know each other, and the Bellarmine community, better.
Sophomore Leadership Overnight Retreat
The sophomore retreat is a two-day experience which incorporates team building, service, and reflection to engage body, mind, and spirit. Students, who attend the retreat with their homeroom and homeroom mentors, are empowered to become leaders in faith—a faith that does justice—throughout the venture.
We begin in the Santa Cruz mountains, where retreatants contemplate their God-given talents and recognize their responsibility to use those gifts to serve the greater community. Looking to Jesus as our primary example of servant leadership, we then return to San Jose to engage in service with our community partners.
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 guided to see life in a new way, and more fully appreciate the remaining days of high school and the years ahead.
Student Ministers Retreat
This retreat helps student ministers—Eucharist ministers, music ministers, and altar servers—to nourish their relationship with God and grow in specific skills as they set out to support the Bellarmine community in faith.
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.
Mother-Junior Son OR Father-Senior Son Retreat
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.
Big Brothers—juniors and seniors selected to mentor new students—attend a formation with our Campus Ministry team to ground themselves in Christian leadership practices and prepare themselves to lead the Freshman Retreat.