St. Benedict taught about the importance of conversion, the ongoing turning of the heart to God. Therefore, Benet Academy offers retreats for students all four years of their academic time. Benet's retreats are designed as opportunities for faith formation and transformation. Our retreats allow our students to temporarily leave behind the usual hectic schedules they face, to be refreshed and revitalized, and to focus on God as central to their lives.
Day of Reflection (Freshmen)
Each October, Freshmen enjoy a day of prayer and work as they explore their new membership in the Benedictine tradition. Students will be informed of the Benet tradition that began with St. Procopius Abbey and will learn about and reflect on how they can live out the charisms of listening, obedience, prayer, work, balance, hospitality, community, and stability in their own lives.
Bridges assists Benet Sophomores in the challenging task of integrating faith into everyday life. Using a speaker format several times throughout the year during Sophomore lunch and homeroom, sophomores will listen to and be inspired by individuals who have dedicated their life to God through service and prayer. The in school speaker series will be followed by a Sophomore day of service which encourages students to faithfully look beyond themselves and reach out to others in need.
Back in the 1990-1991 school year, a brave set of teachers and students began a senior retreat program. This retreat program is called “Logos”, Greek for Word, the word of God, the Christ. In the Logos mission statement, it reads “the retreat is grounded in incarnation theology and Benedictine spirituality. It is an experience of hospitality and community building...” On each retreat through the sharing of personal stories, through the opening of hearts, we hope to make known the Love of God through his son Jesus the Christ to one another.
Through the years sometimes four times a year most of the time five times a year around forty or more candidates plus five student leaders and five adult leaders take two and a half days out at a retreat center to be together to invite the spirit to dwell with them, to laugh, to pray, to reflect, to relax, to cry, to build new friendships and strengthen old ones. We celebrate the Eucharist. We sing our grace before meals. We laugh more. We write a letter to God. We talk about faith. We talk about doubt. We leave tired yet with hearts filled with gratitude.
This is truly a reason to celebrate. Over the years on average more than two hundred seniors each year have made the retreat. That makes over four thousand five hundred seniors that have been given a cross and a candle and encouraged to go and “live Logos”.