Taking time for contemplation, prayer, and community building is central to a Dominican University education. The University Ministry Center offers retreats throughout the year which provide opportunities for 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 7–9, 2018

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.

Location: George Williams campus of Aurora University at Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

Fall Retreat: October 19–20, 2018

It’s the middle of the semester. You’re busy, class work is getting heavy, and you need a break to rest, recharge, and reconnect with yourself and God. It’s the perfect time for a retreat! Travel to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin to experience a sense of peace, community, and contemplation unlike anywhere else. Mark your calendars and start looking forward to a rejuvenating weekend.

Location: Covenant Harbor, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
Cost: $25; scholarships are available

Mystery Ride Retreats | September 22, 2018 and April 13, 2019

Spend a Saturday of contemplation and play as you participate in a mystery ride through downtown Chicago. Experience the city in a whole new way as you think about the life you want to lead and how you live it. Buckle up and enjoy the ride!

Location: It's a mystery!  We guess you'll have to come to find out.
Cost: $10

Kairos Retreat: February 1-3, 2019

This undergraduate, student-led retreat will invite you to take time out of your routine in order to take a closer look at who you are, examine the important relationships in your life, and 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.

Time and Location: Friday, February 1 at 4:00 p.m. through Sunday, February 3 at 5 :00p.m.; Loyola University Retreat & Ecology Center, Woodstock, Illinois
Cost: $35; scholarships are available

Mission to the Mound: March 2-4, 2019

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

Time and Location: March 2-4, 2019; Sinsinawa, Wisconsin
Cost: $35; scholarships are available