Retreat Programs

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  • Sophomores: Trust

    Trust is the main theme of the sophomore retreat, held at Hallowood Retreat Center. Sophomores break into small groups and learn life lessons as they continue their journey at St. John's. Topics discussed through activities and games include communication, cooperation, listening and moving beyond cliques. One highlight of the retreat is the trust walk. In this activity, sophomores develop trust and confidence in their peers. Small group discussion follows each activity.

    2016-2017 Schedule*

    Nov. 7
    Nov. 8 
    Nov. 11
    Nov. 14
    Nov. 15

    *Students will be assigned to a specific retreat based on their religion class
  • Juniors: Choices

    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.

    2016-2017 Schedule*
    Oct. 19-20
    Feb. 22-23
    Mar. 29-30

    *These retreats are first come, first served. There are not enough spots for every junior to attend. 
  • 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.

    2016-2017 Schedule*
    Oct. 4-7
    Dec. 6-9
    Feb. 14-17
    April 25-28

    *These retreats are first come, first served. No in-season athletes may attend. There are not enough spots for every senior to attend.

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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  • Freshmen Seminar Schedule 2016-2017

    SESSION I
    September 16, Homeroom and 2nd period  (class assembly)
    INTRODUCTION TO LASALLIAN EDUCATION
    Br. Jack Curran, Manhattan College
     
     
    SESSIONS II, III and IV
    October 19, 8 A.M. – 11:45 A.M.  (PSAT day)
     
     
    Time Management and Disciplined Use of Technology
    Allie Downey and Shannon O’Laughlin
     
    CHARACTER and LEADERSHIP
    Joe Casamento and Jeff Mancabelli
     
    COMMUNITY BUILDING
    Campus Ministry and Peer Ministry
     
     
    SESSION V
    KNOWING SELF and RELATING TO OTHERS
    November 7-8, Scripture Classes
    Karl Danso, Courtney Hall, Donna Moga and Kevin Morse 
     
     
    SESSION VI
    STUDY SKILLS AND WHAT COLLEGES ARE LOOKING FOR
    December 12-13, English Classes
    Mary McAndrews
     
     
    SESSION VII
    HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS
    February 6-7, Scripture Classes
    Karl Danso, Courtney Hall, Donna Moga and Kevin Morse 
     
    SESSION VIII
    BULLYING
    February 23-24, Scripture Class
    Kara Johnson, Allie Downey and St. John’s Seniors
     
     
    SESSION IX
    March 30-31, Scripture Classes
    STRESS AND ANXIETY
    Kara Johnson
     
     
    SESSION X
    April 27-28, May 1, Scripture Class
    DRUGS AND ALCOHOL
    Allie Downey
  • Sophomore Seminar Schedule 2016-2017

    SESSION I
    October 13-14, English Classes
    TECHNOLOGY (online identity)
    Beth Hals
     
    SESSION II
    November 21-22, Jesus and Church Classes
    MENTAL HEALTH - depression
    Allie Downey and Jen Lodico
     
     
    SESSION III
    December 5-6, Science Classes
    HUMAN REPRODUCTION
    Seth Brown, Erin Sheehy and Nancy-Kerr Lynch
     
    SESSION IV
    February 13-14, English Classes
    WHAT DOES YOUR GPA SAY?
    College Counselors
     
    SESSION V
    March 21 and 23 Jesus and Church Classes
    (Parents-evenings of March 21 and 23)
    DRUGS AND ALCOHOL
    Caron Treatment Center Staff and The Washington Regional Alcohol Program