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, deepening a relationship with God, and developing life skills, 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 is a transformative experience for Trinity seniors, and many alumni name it as the best part of their high school experience. The four-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 do not 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.
KAIROS been an integral part of the Trinity experience since the late 90s. In order for the impact of this retreat to more significantly shape their high school experience, Trinity is expanding the KAIROS program to include a junior retreat. This three day retreat is a pre-requisite to the senior Kairos experience, and will be held locally. This retreat will afford us the opportunity to build more upon the community that is formed while on Kairos and help students to have a deeper and even more significant retreat experience.
WORKS of MERCY and CHRISTIAN SERVICE
Service to others is the bedrock of Catholicism and in their sophomore year, Trinity students focus on the Corporal Works of Mercy and go out into the community in small groups to serve with organizations devoted to helping the needy in the greater Harrisburg area. Students have a variety of different experiences, including interacting with young children and the elderly and working at the food bank, among other opportunities.
CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP and TEAM BUILDING
Freshmen attend a one-day retreat in October on campus, during the school day. The retreat focuses on growing spiritually as individuals, building healthy relationships, and developing leadership skills.