Urban Immersion Retreat

The Urban Immersion Retreat is a 2-day retreat and immersion experience for Saint Viator students. The retreat takes place at the Br. David Darst center in Chicago that provides unique learning and immersion opportunities that explore issues of social justice through the lens of Christian social teachings of peace, justice and respect for human dignity and the environment. We seek to inspire a responsive, active faith, a commitment to serve, and a passion for social change.


A Unique Educational Experience

Retreat begins Friday, March 8 at 12:00 pm leaving Saint Viator and driving to the Br. David Darst Center in Chicago.

Retreat ends Saturday, March 9 at 3:30 pm, returning to Saint Viator by 5:00 pm.

Activities include:

  • Learning about the roots of homelessness and poverty
  • Reflect on Catholic social teaching
  • Volunteer at service sites such as Catholic Charities Food Depository and Cornerstone Men’s Shelter
  • Small group faith sharing & reflection on experience
  • Prayer
  • Journaling
  • Shared meals with students cooking
  • Icebreakers, games & recreation time

The retreat experience will be facilitated, supervised and chaperoned by Saint Viator campus ministers.

Students will sleep in rooms at the Br. David Darst center: boys in one room, girls in another.

All meals are included.

If interested, please fill out the attached application and turn it into the Campus Ministry office no later than Thursday, February 28, 2019. Questions? Contact Nancy Devroy.