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Freshman Retreat 2013: Ignite the Fire

Meet the Freshman Retreat Student Leaders

Welcome to CUA!  As incoming first-year students, you come with great expectation and potential, with great fears yet great anticipation.  It is an entirely new time in your lives.  It is a time to light a new fire in your life as you study, as you form new friendships, as you welcome new experiences.  It is a time to be filled with enthusiasm and excitement, with the joy and the thrill that comes with the big transition into collegiate life. 

It is a time to Ignite the Fire, the fire of one’s life, the fire of one’s faith.  Like with any new experience, help is needed along the way with any questions, concerns, and worries. It is our mission to answer your questions, help you through your concerns, and make you feel welcomed, ready, and inspired as you enter into life at CUA.  Freshman Retreat provides an opportunity to do just that!

Join us from September 6-8 with 350 of your peers on Freshman Retreat 2013 for a weekend full of talks and fellowship, prayer and games.  Find time not only to make new friendships with others, but also find and strengthen your relationship with God.  There is no better way to begin your college career!  Come and learn what it truly means to Ignite the Fire!  Sign up today.

Location: Sandy Hill Camp, North East, MD (about 20 minutes north of Havre de Grace in Northern Maryland)

For more information, please e-mail Luke Hlavin: Associate Campus Minister, or Christian Sapienza and Victoria McClellan the Freshman Retreat Team Leaders.



How To Sign Up


Cost is $60*



Thursday, August 22
9am-5pm: Pryzbyla Center 

Friday, August 23
9am-5pm: Pryzbyla Center
10-12am & 3pm: Campus Ministry Office
5:30pm: Basilica Lawn following
                Freshman Mass
Saturday, August 24
9:30pm: Outside Caldwell Chapel after Adoration
Sunday, August 25
12pm: Outside St. Vincent’s Chapel following 11am Mass
6:30-8pm: Outside the Cellar @ Ice Cream Social
10:00pm: Outside St. Vincent’s Chapel after 9pm Mass
*Registration deadline is Wednesday, August 28
*Payment is due at the time of registration

**Please make checks payable to: CUA Campus Ministry

Scholarships are available: E-mail Luke Hlavin at


  • If you no longer plan on attending the retreat, please e-mail Luke Hlavin as soon as possible.
  • We are unable to provide refunds.