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Retreats

The Retreat Program at St. Sebastian’s is a powerful way for students to grow in spirit and to strengthen the bonds that unite them.

Middle School Retreats

These single day retreats, directed by the Religion Department faculty, are mandatory for the seventh and eighth graders. These days of reflection (one for each grade level) focus on community building and personal growth, include peer leaders (juniors or seniors), and always close with the sacrifice of the Mass.

Freshman Retreat

In the ninth grade, each student attends (with half of his class) a one-day Freshmen Retreat. Students encounter a variety of prayer styles, share their thoughts on relevant topics, and develop a closer relationship with one another and with God.

Sophomore Retreat

The 10th grade retreat is focused on service and in recent years has been at Sunset Point Camp in Hull. (The camp, run by Catholic Charities, allows inner city youth an opportunity for a summer camp experience.)

Junior and Senior Retreats

In the junior and senior years, optional retreats are offered, held at Craigville Conference Center on the Cape and directed by the Religion Department faculty. The Junior Retreat (one night, two days) in the spring and the Senior Retreat (two nights, three days) in the fall are powerful experiences for those students truly interested in deepening their own faith. Each of the 20 to 25 students who attends is challenged to share freely and fully of himself as he moves through the different dynamics of the retreat, including personal and group reflection, extended silent time, various forms of prayer, and celebrating the Mass.

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The Nature of the Experience...

St. Sebastian's students reflect on what the Retreat experience has meant to them.

“Through the retreat, I strengthened my relationships with my friends, my teacher, myself and God. The two days were filled with laughter and great memories. It was nearly impossible not to get something positive out of the experience.”

– Johnny McCarthy ’17
"Each year, the Class Retreats are a welcome break from the busy school routine, but the Senior Retreat added another layer. With the end of my time at Seb's coming to a close, and the added stresses of tough courses and college, I wanted to reflect on my years as an Arrow. Time spent with fellow Arrows, in such nice setting as the Cape, with spiritual direction from Fr. Arens and other faculty members, solidified and strengthened the bonds we had made. The Retreat offered both a communal and individual experience, from celebrating Mass together to spending an hour alone in silence,. The Retreat was fun and relaxing, but also deeply powerful, a time when we as seniors could slow down and appreciate the Blessings and relationships from our Seb’s experience."

- JIMMY RYAN ’16
"My trip out to Centerville was one of the most rewarding Retreats that I have experienced at St. Sebastian’s. Moreover, I thought the group that went benefited as a whole. I think it helped much of the class realize that we have a lot of maturing to do before we take on leadership. I also believe that it allowed for the class to be more in contact with our faith lives. Many of us have considered that in the coming year, we will try to attend more morning Masses and times of prayer."
– Jackson McKeigue ’17
“I have never done this before, and my experience was one I would do again. I especially loved the silent time and the opportunity afforded to look more closely at our own person. I also saw my classmates in a new light. Before we started, we took our shoes off and just enjoyed being on the beach together. I also enjoyed the pure happiness and energy of just playing whiffle ball. The sign of peace at Mass was a deep experience of love for one another. The sound of the breaking of the bread of the eucharist made the intangible tangible.”

– Raffi Barsamian ’17
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