Beginning with Jesus’ 40 days in the desert and continuing with the example of countless saints, Catholics have a long history of retreating from the world for the purposes of reflection, refreshment, and education. At Trinity, our goal is to promote lifelong positive behaviors, including the habit of retreat and spiritual reflection. To this end, and with the purpose of connecting with classmates, developing life skills, and learning, Trinity sponsors a required retreat for students each year. The retreats range in focus, purpose, and even length, but all promote stronger relationships with one another and with God.
KAIROS or “WHERE AM I GOING?”
KAIROS means “God’s Time,” and the retreat is often a transformative experience` for seniors. The three-day retreat at St. Mary of Providence Center in Elverson, Pennsylvania is based on the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Students focus on understanding themselves, learning more about their classmates, and reawakening to the ever-present love of God. Students experience a new understanding of how God fits into their lives through peer and adult ministry, large and small group discussion, prayer, the celebration of Mass and the sacrament of Reconciliation. When students return, they are often “on fire” with their faith and ready to engage in a different way with the stresses of daily life. Students who choose not to attend KAIROS will attend the local one-day retreat which concentrates on the theme “Where am I going?” and focuses on students relationships with themselves, God, and family.
WORKS of MERCY and CHRISTIAN SERVICE
Service to others is the bedrock of Catholicism and in their Junior year, Trinity students go out into the community in small groups to serve with organizations devoted to helping the needy locally. Students have a variety of different experiences, including interacting with young children and the elderly and working at the food bank, among other opportunities.
“TRUE GRIT and DIGNIFIED”
NET Ministries conducts this retreat and these young people spend the day exploring the questions of authentic masculinity and femininity with the sophomores. Boys and girls meet in separate groups to talk about the meanings of being a man and woman in today’s society with the guidance of Catholicism and the examples set for us by Jesus and the Blessed Mother, Mary.
CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP and TEAM BUILDING
On their first retreat, freshmen focus on leadership and team building. Students will experience an outdoor Mass and the high and low ropes course at Ski Roundtop, where they will face challenging tasks requiring them to focus on communication, trust, and problem-solving. The combination of activities and reflection will help the freshmen realize the complex interworking of the group and the crucial role of each individual in the day’s activity, in their high school experience, in their faith, and in life.