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The Sheil Catholic Center gives students and associates the opportunity to deepen their faith with God each quarter through a variety of retreats. The retreat programs are led by a team of Sheil staff, students, and/or associates. Each retreat is held in a sacred setting with ample time for prayer, reflection, and conversation.

Annual Retreats

Kairos Student Retreat | Fall 2022

Students are invited to step away from campus and rediscover who they are and who God calls them to be as a student at NU. The annual Kairos retreat is student led and a great opportunity to meet new friends, spend time in conversation and prayer, and to give yourself the space to breathe and refresh the heart and mind. The cost of the retreat is $60 but scholarships are available.

Graduate Students and Young Adults (GYA) Retreat | Fall 2022

Graduate students and young adults are invited to step away for a day of retreat. Join us for a time of reflection and community from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The retreat is free of cost.

Student Almost Silent Retreat | Winter Break 2022

Have you ever wondered what it might be like to build your day around prayer and silence or what the life of a monk is like? Come to the almost silent retreat after exams have finished and find out. We will be driving to New Melleray Abbey in Iowa. The cost is $75 and scholarships are available.

Busy Student Retreat | Winter 2023

The Busy Student Retreat enables all students to take a retreat while staying on the Evanston or Chicago campus and continuing with your classes. The retreat will begin with Mass, followed by dinner and introductions. Then on the following days, you will spend an hour in private prayer on your own and a half hour meeting with a spiritual companion. The meeting times will be arranged at a mutually convenient time for you and the spiritual companion. The retreat concludes on Thursday with a special event in the evening.

All Sheil Winter Retreat | Winter 2023

This special retreat is open to students and associates. We will gather at the University of St. Mary of the Lake Conference Center. Travel assistance is available.  The cost of the retreat is $50 for students (scholarships available) and $85 for individual associates in a single room or $75 for individual associates in a double room.

Graduate & Young Adult Retreat | Spring 2023

Join other graduate students and young adults for a spring retreat.  The retreat day (from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) will include witness talks, reflection, adoration, and prayer.  We'll gather at Sheil Catholic Center, Evanston. Cost is free and lunch is included.

Student Spring Retreat | Spring 2021

Come to Sheil's new Spring retreat experience for undergraduates. Encounter is an invitation to meet the Lord with other students who are companions on the journey. Student-designed and student-led, Encounter takes you to beautiful University of Saint Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary for conversation, prayer, and reflection. Come back renewed in heart and mind.