The Catholic University of America


Freshman Weekend 2016: Setting Sail


Welcome to CUA! As incoming first-year students, you come with great expectations and potential, with great fears yet great anticipation. It is an entirely new time in your lives. It is a time to take root in your new 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 transition into collegiate life. 

It is a time to Set Sail, with this community, as you set out on the journey of the next four years. 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 Weekend provides an opportunity to do just that!

Join us from September 9-11 with 300 of your fellow first-year students on Freshman Weekend 2016 for an amazing experience 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 Set Sail at CUA! Sign up today.

Location: Sandy Hill Camp, North East, MD - The camp is about 20 minutes north of Havre de Grace in Northern Maryland and 90 minutes from campus.

For more information, please e-mail Michael Phelan, Associate Campus Minister or the Freshman Retreat Team Leaders.





Meet the Team

Get to know your 2016 Freshman Retreat leaders here!

How To Sign Up

Online registration is now closed Please email Michael Phelan if you still wish to sign up.

Cost is $60 and payment is due at registration

**Please make checks payable to**
CUA Campus Ministry


Thursday, August 25
11am-5pm: Pryzbyla Center 

Friday, August 26
9am-5pm: Pryzbyla Center
10am-12:30pm : Campus Ministry Office
5:30pm: Basilica Lawn following Orientation Mass
Saturday, August 27
11am-5pm: Pryzbyla Center
9:30pm: Caldwell Chapel after Adoration
Sunday, August 28
6:30-8pm: Ice Cream Social
10:00pm: Pryzbyla Center after 9pm Mass

Scholarships are available: E-mail Michael Phelan at for more information.


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