The Campus Ministry staff provides opportunities for students to grow and develop their faith through retreats, prayer groups, bible study, conversations and workshops.
Each semester, the Campus Ministry staff and students take a weekend away from campus to pray and reflect. Through presentations and discussion, songs and prayer, as well as fun activities, students have the opportunity to explore more deeply their relationship with God and their commitment to living a Christian life.
Take48 reflects the Ignatian principle of "care for the whole person." At the heart of this principle are three concepts:
- Treating people as individuals and honoring their unique worth.
- Caring for the whole person (physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual health).
- Taking into account people's backgrounds, including family life, nationality, and culture.
With this principle in mind, the retreat gives the opportunity to "take 48 hours" for yourself and explore three key questions:
- Where have you been?
- Where are you now?
- Where are you going?
Take48 is open to all first-year students, including freshmen and transfer students. Take48 is also open to students enrolled in all colleges belonging to the Colleges of the Fenway.
Take48 is a three day retreat held at the Craigville Conference Center in Centerville, MA. It is led by upper-class students who will speak personally about their own first-year experience and their changing relationships with family, friends and God, as well as how to navigate a variety of new experiences during the first year at Emmanuel. In addition, you can expect to participate in prayer led by the retreat team, be given ample free time for personal reflection and recreation, as well as good food!
"I really enjoyed going on Take48. It helped me reflect on where I have come from and where I am going with my life. Although I did not know anyone who was going on the retreat, I found it a good opportunity to meet new people." - Jeanne Micalizzi '12
"The retreat meant a lot to me...my relationship with God expanded while I was at the retreat...and I was able to find a peaceful place within myself." - Jasmine Jean Jacques '12
"When I came onto campus in the beginning of September, I was unsure of where I fit in. I saw that there was this special retreat for first-year students and I thought that it would be an interesting experience for me. I only realized that it was a very good thing I had (attended) when I started listening to what was being said. In a way, Take48 was my first step to becoming closer and more involved with God." - William Younie '12
For more information on Take48, please contact Jen Roy.
InterMission is an overnight retreat originally developed by the Jesuits of Boston College. With the use of Ignatian discernment principles, stduents are encourged to reflect on their past, present and future and to make a connection between their talents, their dreams, and the world's greatest needs.
InterMission will encourage students to find answers to questions like: Who am I? What am I passionate about? What am I good at? Will what I do make a difference in the world? Whate resources do I need?
Through talks given by students, faculty and staff, small group activities and time for quiet reflection, InterMission hopes to provide you with an opportunity to discover your God-given vocation.
Below is a description of the three key questions at the heart of InterMission. We invite you to come on retreat and answer these for yourself, with the help of a community of students, faculty and staff who are waiting to help you on your journey!
What gives you joy?
- What are you passionate about? What excites you?
- What have been the "defining moments" in your life, the points that have shaped you into who you are today?
- What challenges you to grow, learn more, become more, and give more?
What are you good at?
- Do you have talents that you want to pursue and about which you are passionate?
- Are you unclear on the talents that you do have?
- Who have been the key people in your life; relatives, teachers, religious, coaches, mentors, who have helped you know who you are and what you can do?
Does anybody need you to do these things?
- "(Vocation is) the place where our deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet." -Frederick Beuchner, Theologian.
- How do I know what direction to pursue after college?
InterMission gives students the chance to reflect on their life experiences, interests and the direction their lives are taking. Students will have the opportunity to deepen connections with peers and build new connections with faculty and staff who may serve as mentors.
For more information on InterMission, please contact Jen Roy.
Busy Person's Retreat
The Busy Person's Retreat is a retreat experience for busy people with classes, jobs, families, and toher activities who find it difficult to commit a whole weekend to a conventional overnight retreat. it doesn't require a large single blcok of time; instead, you will schedle daily prayer time and a regular meeting with a spiritual companion into the midst of your everyday, sometimes hectic schedules. You "go on retreat" in the midst of your busy life on campus.
The campus retreat for busy persons is an on-campus, guided-prayer retreat made within the daily activities of the lives of students, faculty and staff. The style and method is that of a directed retreat, in which each retreatant meets daily with a director who guides their scripture and personal prayer. Retreatants commit themselves to one hour a day, which includes personal prayer with the scriptures, meeting with their spiritual companion and praying together with the group on retreat. The times are worked out with the retreatant and their spiritual companion. The retreats run from Sunday evening after the 8:00 pm Mass through Thursday.
For more information, please contact Jen Roy.
Each semester, a Twilight Retreat from 5:00-8:00 pm is offered to students, faculty and staff. The evening includes a presentation, time for quiet prayer, conversation and dinner.