Retreat Programs

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  • Freshmen: Our Lasallian Identity

    In the spring semester, groups of St. John’s freshmen gather for day-long retreats at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, MD. The freshman retreat carries the theme “Our Lasallian Identity.” As students reflect the heritage of Lasalle and how that will affect their high school years to come, they consider questions such as “Who can I depend on in difficult times?” and “What is God’s plan for my life?” During talks from faculty and Peer Ministers, freshmen learn that the highs and lows of high school are a journey toward adulthood and adult faith - a journey that they make with the support of classmates, family, teachers and their faith in God.

    2018-2019 Schedule
    February 5
    February 7
    February 19
    February 21


  • Sophomores: Prayer

    Prayer is the main theme of the sophomore retreat, held at Our Lady of Bethesda Retreat Center. Sophomores break into small groups and learn different types of prayer to take with them as they continue their journey at St. John's. Topics discussed through activities and talks is the way that prayer has affected their peers and the faculty leaders.

    2018-2019 Schedule
    October 2
    October 16
    October 23
    October 30
    November 6
  • Juniors: Road to Emmaus

    The junior retreat is about choices. Junior year marks a new step in St. John's retreat program, because students stay overnight at Priestfield Retreat Center in Kearneysville, WV. After juniors arrive in the evening, they meet in small groups to discuss both simple and complicated choices and how they can learn from their choices, whether good or bad. The central goal of the retreat is to become more aware of the ways each choice a student makes affects not only them, but those around them. Through reflection, students gain a more inclusive picture of their contributions to the world and the ways that God manifests himself.

    2018-2019*
    November 14-15
    February 27-28
    April 10-11

    *These retreats are first come, first served. There are not enough spots for every junior to attend. Permission slips will be distributed in the Office of Mission & Ministry closer to each retreat date.
  • Seniors: The Kairos Retreat

    While the Kairos Retreat has been utilized by St. John’s since 2002, the retreat has a history of more than 40 years. Kairos is the Greek word that means “God’s time.” 

    According to Trinity College in Washington, Kairos was first utilized as a Christian Awakening Program by the Diocese of Brooklyn (NY) in 1965. The program was adopted as a Cursillo program for teenagers. As Kairos was instituted at Catholic schools in the Midwest, the program underwent several changes. The current Kairos format was developed in 1979 at Loyola Academy, a Jesuit high school in Wilmette, IL. By the mid-1990s, 20 Jesuit schools used the Kairos Program. At the same time, non-Jesuit schools around the world began to discover Kairos. 

    The Kairos Retreat continues to be a highlight for seniors. Four Kairos retreats are offered each year in order to accommodate each student's academic and extracurricular activities. The retreats are held at the Loyola Retreat House on the shores of the Potomac River in southern Maryland.

    2018- 2019 Schedule*
    October 9-12
    December 1-14
    February 12-15
    April 2-5

    *These retreats are first come, first served. No in-season athletes may attend. There are not enough spots for every senior to attend.  Permission slips will be distributed in the Office of Mission & Ministry closer to each retreat.

Seminar Programs

These seminars are a response to the concerns of St. John's faculty and the evident needs of our student body. They are meant to be structured, but “living” programs that provide time and space for students to learn about, wrestle with and be guided to appropriate conclusions regarding issues and concepts that are relevant to their particular culture and stage of life and development. 

The curriculum is designed to evoke a Christian response - a sense of responsibility out of gratitude for love, privilege and giftedness rather than a response based in fear and selfishness.

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  • Freshman Seminar Schedule 2018-2019

    SESSION I
    September TBD, Homeroom and 2nd period (class assembly)
    INTRODUCTION TO LASALLIAN EDUCATION
    Br. Jack Curran, FSC, Lasallian Volunteers and students of Manhattan College
     
     
    SESSIONS II, III, IV and V
    October 10, 8 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. (PSAT day)
     
    Time Management and Disciplined Use of Technology
    Julie Mitchell and Shannon O’Laughlin
     
    CHARACTER
    Joe Casamento, Suzie Kowalewski and Jeff Mancabelli
     
    HERITAGE
    Allie Downey and Peer Ministry
     
    COMMUNITY BUILDING
    Campus Ministry and Peer Ministry
     
     
    SESSION VI
    November 5-6, Scripture Classes
    Intro to Mental Health
    Counselling Center
     
     
    SESSION VII
    December 13-14, English Classes
    Exam Prep
    Mary McAndrews
     
     
    SESSION VIII
    January 28-29, Scripture Classes
    KNOWING SELF and RELATING TO OTHERS
    Karl Danso, Courtney Bell, Donna Moga and Kevin Morse
     
     
    SESSION IX
    February 11-12, Scripture Classes
    HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS
    Karl Danso, Courtney Bell, Donna Moga and Kevin Morse
     
    SESSION X
    March 21-22, Scripture Class
    BULLYING
    Counselling Center and St. John’s Seniors
     
     
    SESSION XI
    April 29-30, Scripture Class
    DRUGS AND ALCOHOL
    Allie Downey
     
  • Sophomore Seminar Schedule 2018-2019

    SESSION I
    October 18-19, English Classes
    DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP
    Technology Department
     
     
    SESSION II
    November 15-16, Jesus and Church Classes
    MENTAL HEALTH
    Counselling Center
     
     
    SESSION III
    December 6-7, Science Classes
    HUMAN REPRODUCTION
    Seth Brown, Ryan Longton, Nancy-Kerr Lynch and Donna Moga
     
     
    SESSION IV
    February 14-15, English Classes
    WHAT DOES YOUR GPA SAY?
    College Counselors
     
     
    SESSION V
    April 8-9 Jesus and Church Classes
    (Parents-evenings of April)
    DRUGS AND ALCOHOL
    Caron Treatment Center Staff and The Washington Regional Alcohol Program