At St. Francis Xavier Preparatory School, your child will participate in formal, full-day retreats off-campus.
By grade level, he/she will spend the day in thoughtful prayer, reflective discussions and community building activities, led by experienced faculty and off-site retreat leaders.
Our mission is at the center of all experiences at SFXP. This is an opportunity for your child to examine their relationship with God, self, and others.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 states, “Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” The grade 6 retreat focuses on how to live with a grateful heart each day. We explore how to live with grateful hearts in any situation through prayer, talks, group discussions, activities, and most importantly by adoring Christ’s presence in the Holy Eucharist.
“Be who God meant you to be, and you will set the world on fire.” -St. Catherine of Sienna
We look at the four main vocations (married, single, religious, ordained) and how each is an awesome calling from God to become our best selves. We talk about service to each other as the goal of all vocations, in light of God's call to love, and as each of us is a unique and important part of "the one body" of Christ.
“I in them and you in me, so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”
And the theme for "charity/love" comes from:
“I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another. This is how all will know that you are my disciples if you love for one another.”
Matthew 28:19 tells us, “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations”. As the eighth graders prepare to leave middle school and venture into new beginnings, we end our year reflecting on a mission. Throughout the day we explore what it means to be a true disciple, and how to be a missionary of faith in any environment. This retreat is a beautiful time of reflection for the eighth graders as they begin to say goodbye to their peers and their school family, and discernment as they look ahead to the unknown that lies before them.