The Catholic University of America

Scheduled Retreats:

Freshman Retreat September 5-7, 2015
Esto Vir Retreat October 16-18, 2015
Silent Retreat Oct. 30-Nov. 1, 2015

Women's Retreat


Athletes' Retreat

Nov. 13-15, 2015


November 20-22, 2015

Mission Retreat January 29-30, 2016
Senior Retreat February 12-14, 2016
Silent Retreat for Graduate Students Feb. 12-14, 2016
Lenten Silent Retreat March 11-13, 2016  
Sons of CUA Weekend March 18-20, 2016  


Retreat Program

    The Retreat Program provides faith formation and spiritual development for students at CUA. Retreats are designed to meet retreatants where they are at through student-lead talks and meaningful opportunities to encounter Christ through community, prayer, the sacraments, and silence.  Retreats at CUA fall into three categories:

  • Class Retreats: The bookends of the retreat program. Class retreats for freshmen and seniors build class unity and address the spiritual needs specific to students at each stage of the undergraduate experience.  Talks are given by students and draw from a curriculum that gives unity to the two class retreats. The Freshman Retreat takes place in September. The Senior Retreat takes place in February. 
  • Preached Retreats: A number of preached retreats complement the class retreat program by giving students a chance to be fed by the reflections of a priest, religious, or lay faithful. Currently there are preached retreats for men and women respectively. Each retreat features preached reflections, traditional devotions, spiritual direction, and ample time for silence. 
  • Silent Retreats: A silent retreat provides students with an opportunity for rest and prayer in a beautiful monastic environment.  Largely unstructured, each retreatant is provided with his or her own room and bathroom.  The students are expected to take part in community meals and liturgical prayer, though strict silence is observed throughout.  Spiritual direction is available, and personal reflection and journaling is strongly encouraged.  Silent retreats cost $90.
  • Retreats for Faith-Based Student Groups:  Retreats for faith-based student groups are intended to meet the spiritual needs of members and strengthen their shared mission. They are organized by the officers of each group with the help of their faculty/staff advisor. For a list of faith-based student groups and more information about their programs, please visit the student-groups webpage.

If you are interested in being a retreat leader, support staff leader, or want more information about the Retreat Program, please contact Michael Phelan, Associate Campus Minister for Men's Ministry and Retreats.

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