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 11-13, 2015
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 along with the Office of Student Involvement.

Dates & Location: Friday, Sept. 11 to Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015; George Williams campus of Aurora University at Lake Geneva, WI
Cost: $50 (scholarships are available)

Fall Retreat

November 6-8, 2015
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.

Times & Location: Friday, November 6 at 5 p.m. - Sunday, November 8 at 2 p.m.; Waukegan, Illinois
Cost: $25 (scholarships are available)

Kairos Retreat

February 5-7, 2016
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 5 at 4 p.m. - Sunday, February 7 at 5 p.m., held at the Loyola University Retreat & Ecology Center in Woodstock, IL
Cost: $35 (scholarships are available)

Registration forms are due no later than Tuesday, December 1, along with a $10 deposit.  Space is limited!


Mission to the Mound

March 7-9, 2016 
A unique Spring Break experience centered on the Four Pillars, held at The Mound in Sinsinawa, Wisconsin. Mission to the Mound is offered in conjunction 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 7 at 9 a.m. - Wednesday, March 9 at 5 p.m.; Sinsinawa, Wisconsin
Cost: $45 (scholarships are available)