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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

Quarterly Days of Renewal: Sacred Spaces Series | Fall 2022-Spring 2023

All students and associates are invited to the Quarterly Days of Renewal. We will gather at the Sheil Catholic Center, Evanston from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. These days of renewal will be an opportunity for the entire Sheil community to come together each quarter to build community and to refresh our hearts and minds. Please register in advance to help us know how much lunch to order. However, we do accept walk-in registrations. The cost is a suggested $5 donation for students (scholarships available) and a suggested $25 donation for associates, for each day. A payment link will be sent upon your registration at the button below. If you need a scholarship, please check the box on the online registration form via the button below.

See the Sacred | October 22, 2022 - with Kate Williams, Vice President of Sacred Music at GIA Publications (Thanks to those who joined us!)

Meet the Sacred | January 28, 2023 - with Anna Floerke Scheid, Professor of Theology, Duquesne University (Thanks to those who joined us!)

Coming Up:
Become the Sacred | May 13, 2023 - with Stephen Bevans, SVD, Professor of Mission and Culture, Emeritus, Catholic Theological Union

Stephen Bevans, SVD is a priest in the missionary congregation of the Society of the Divine Word (SVD) and Professor Emeritus of Mission and Culture at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. He has lectured and taught throughout the world and has written or edited some twenty books, including Models of Contextual Theology (2002) and An Introduction to Theology in Global Perspective (2009). In 2021, with his friend Clemens Sedmak, he published Does God Love the Coronavirus? Friendship, Theology, and Hope in a Post-Covid World. He is currently finishing a book entitled "Community of Missionary Disciples": The Continuing Creation of the Church.

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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. The cost of the retreat is $50 and lunch is included. Scholarships are available.

Student Undergraduate Retreat | April 28-30, 2023

Come to Sheil's Encounter retreat for undergraduates. Encounter is an invitation to go deeper in your relationship with the Jesus and with fellow students who are companions on the journey. Student-designed and student-led, Encounter takes you to the beautiful La Salle Manor in Plano, IL for conversation, prayer, and reflection. Come back renewed in heart and mind. The cost of the retreat is $100. Scholarships are available.

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 | Fall 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.