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Taking time for contemplation, prayer, and community building is central to a Dominican University education. The University Ministry Center offers a variety of retreats throughout the year which provide opportunities for the members of the University community to discern God’s movement in their lives and to respond to God’s call with clarity and courage. The retreat program and offerings are varied and diverse to accommodate each person’s availability and interests.

Emerging Leaders Retreat

September 13-15, 2013
Open to all first-year students, the kick-off event to the Emerging Leaders program is this weekend retreat. This experience is designed to help you get to know other first-year students, learn about leadership, discover your personal leadership style and strengths, and challenge yourself to lead in new and exciting ways. The retreat consists of teambuilding, leadership workshops, reflection time, and outdoor activities, including a team experience course and a high ropes course. This retreat is co-sponsored with the Office of Student Involvement, the Dean of Students Office, and Career Development. You can find more info and register here.

Dates & Location: Friday, Sept. 13 to Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013; George Williams campus of Aurora University at Lake Geneva, WI
Cost: $50 (scholarships are available)

Fall Retreat

October 18-20, 2013 (Fall Long Weekend)
It’s the middle of the semester. You’re busy, class work is getting heavy, and you need a break to rest, re-charge, and re-connect with yourself and God. It’s the perfect time for a retreat! Travel to The Mound in Sinsinawa, Wisconsin (home to our Dominican Sisters) to experience a sense of peace, community, and contemplation unlike anywhere else. Mark your calendars and start looking forward to a rejuvenating weekend led by our SLAM Retreats team.

Dates & Location: Friday, Oct. 18 at 9 a.m. to Sunday, Oct. 20 at 5 p.m. at The Mound in Sinsinawa, WI
Cost: $60 (scholarships are available)

Applications can be found here or in Unviersity Ministry (Lewis 216). Stop in today!

Kairos Retreat

February 7-9, 2014
This undergraduate, student-led retreat will invite you to take time out of your usual routine in order to take a closer look at who you are, to examine the important relationships in your life, and will challenge you to deepen your relationship with God. Furthermore, this retreat will help you recognize kairos moments in your own life, and inspire you to search more deeply for the movement of God in your everyday life.

Kairos is offered once year each, and students are invited to participate as a retreatant only one time while at Dominican.

Dates & Location: Friday, February 7 at 4 p.m. - Sunday, February 9 at 5 p.m.; Des Plaines, IL
Cost: $60 (scholarships are available)
Registration opens on November 18, 2013 in the University Ministry Center. Registration form available here.

Busy Student Retreat

Once each semester
The Busy Student Retreat provides an opportunity for you to energize your spiritual life right on campus, through participation in a directed retreat designed to accommodate your busy schedule. This retreat is offered once each semester, usually right before Advent and again during Lent. For each of the four days of this unique retreat experience you commit to: 1) 20-30 minutes of personal prayer (we provide some helpful resources!) and, 2) a 20-30 minute session with a Spiritual Companion (either a Sister or staff person from University Ministry).

The best part is: you choose the times that best fit your schedule. We also begin and end the week with a short prayer service or dinner for all of the students and companions who will be participating.

2nd semester: March 30-April 3; all meetings are held on campus and according to your schedule.
Cost: No charge! Fill out this registration form and turn it in to Lewis 216 before March 25th. 

Mission to the Mound

March 3-5, 2014
A unique Spring Break experience centered on the Four Pillars, held at The Mound in Sinsinawa, Wisconsin. Mission to the Mound is offered in conjection with the Office of Student Involvement and the Leadership Certificate program. The retreat will include:

  • opportunities for service to and with the Sisters
  • reflection and prayer in the beautiful chapel and on the scenic grounds
  • a chance to learn more about Fr. Samuel Mazzuchelli and what makes our Sinsinawa Dominican roots and heritage so special
  • a stress-free schedule with plenty of time to rest, relax, and build community with others

Times & Location: Monday, March 3 at 9 a.m. - Wednesday, March 5 at 5 p.m.; Sinsinawa, Wisconsin
Cost: $60 (scholarships are available)

Senior Retreat

Spring Semester, 2014
Spend a day with your fellow seniors reminiscing about the past and visioning for your future. The Senior Retreat offers an opportunity to reflect on where you have been during your time at Dominican, what your experiences have meant to you, and provides an opportunity to reflect on where you want to go from here. This is an invaluable opportunity to come together with your classmates and contemplate the challenges, opportunities, fear, and excitement that come with graduation. Not to be missed! If you'd like to help in the planning or development of this retreat, please contact Ann Hillman.

Times & Location : Spring Semester
Cost: No charge!