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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

Graduate Students and Young Adults (GYA) Fall Retreat | Fall 2023

Do you enjoy the outdoors or want to experience a night in nature? Come join GYA on our camping retreat each fall. The goal is to praise the Creator as we delight in His beautiful creations! We’ll be going up to Kettle Moraine State Forest to do some hiking, kayaking, campfire reflections, picnics, stargazing, and more! No camping experience or equipment is required. Cost is $50. Scholarships are available.

Kairos Undergraduate Retreat | November 17-19, 2023

Undergraduate students are invited to step away from campus and leave their obligations and deadlines behind to tend to the movements of God in their lives. Kairos is an opportunity to rediscover who they are and who God is in their lives. No matter where one is on the spiritual journey, all are welcome!  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 $100. Scholarships are available.

Busy Student Retreat | Winter 2024

The Busy Student Retreat enables all students on the Chicago and Evanston campuses to take a retreat while staying on campus and continuing with your classes and other activities. The format of this retreat accommodates your daily schedule. You commit to spend half an hour of private prayer daily and a half hour meeting with a spiritual companion. The meeting times will be arranged at a mutually convenient time for you and your spiritual companion. The retreat is free to all students.

Encounter Retreat | Spring 2024

If you're an undergraduate or graduate student looking for an opportunity to be stretched, strengthened, and empowered in your faith, join us at Encounter. Student-designed and student-led, Encounter is an invitation to dig deeper into your relationship with Jesus. Enjoy a weekend of community, prayer, and reflection, and be renewed in spirit to live out your missionary identity. Take some time away from campus at the beautiful La Salle Manor in Plano, IL. The cost of the retreat is $100. Scholarships are available.