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Schools Retreats

Filed under: Schools

Our central aim is to provide retreats for students from secondary schools across the diocese. In facilitating these days of reflection, we aim to offer an experience which will lead to a personal encounter with Christ.

We offer a variety of workshops integrating faith, personal reflection, life skills, sound theological input and meaningful prayer. Through these workshops we seek to help young people towards naming God in their lives, and knowing that they are uniquely loved by God. By pointing students towards projects and events which will nurture their ongoing faith development, we aim to encourage a holistic vision of living our faith in the school-home-parish context.

Central Goals

  • To promote and develop the spirituality of a school community by contributing to the existing structure of retreat programmes and through initiating days of reflection.
  • To offer students time out in which they may integrate lived experience with their growing understanding of a personal relationship with Christ through reflection, creativity and prayer.
  • To offer a safe and sound forum for exploring life issues from a Christian perspective.
  • To create innovative programmes through which gospel values are communicated in accessible and meaningful ways to young people.
  • To encourage ongoing & deepening faith experiences through regular Eucharistic celebrations for secondary students in the city.
  • To network and share good practice with other retreat teams in Ireland.