Retreats and Faith Formation

An important part of the Benedictine experience is providing students with opportunities to step back and reflect on some of life’s deep questions and offer resources they can use to grow and develop spiritually.

Faith formation is a broad term that includes such activities as praying, worshiping, bible study, retreats, service and other faith-based activities that help to facilitate students’ spiritual growth during their time at Benedictine.




Busy Person's Retreat

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Next Retreat Date

February 17-21, 2020

Registration Now Open!

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This retreat takes place over the course of one week. It is intended for busy college students, faculty, and staff who cannot spend a whole weekend at a retreat, but desire to find God in their hectic everyday lives. All students, faculty, and staff (no matter your faith or experience) are encouraged to participate. The Busy Person’s Retreat is designed to fit both an individual's schedule and their unique spiritual path. You will meet one-on-one with a spiritual companion who will work with you, wherever you may be on your faith journey, to better live out your call to love and serve God in your life. The three distinct features of the Busy Person’s Retreat are:

  1. Reflect for 30-minutes with a spiritual companion. 
  2. Renew what it means to be with God. 
  3. Relax on-campus, balancing your busy schedule and making time for God.

Monday: Communal opening prayer and meal.
Tuesday-Thursday: Individual sessions with spiritual companion.
Friday: Closing prayer and meal.



Interfaith Retreat

Date: February 2020

Join us for a one-day retreat exploring important religous spaces, practices, and traditions in the local community. Take time to reflect on your own religious and non-religious values. Enjoy fellowship and delicious local cultural cuisine all while learning more about the religious diversity at BenU and in the community.

For additional information contact: Carol Allen at



Freshmen Nature Retreat

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Next Retreat Date

Fall 2020
Starved Rock State Park

Registration Closed


The Freshmen Nature Retreat is a daylong retreat for freshmen students. We will spend the day taking a breather from the hustle and bustle of college life to go out and explore God’s creation while learning how to balance the demands of your coursework, extracurricular activities, family, friends and most importantly – your faith.

On this retreat, you will join other freshmen who are on the same journey to grow in mind, body, and soul during their college experience. At Benedictine, we are brought together by our faith and we grow in community through our love. Students of all faiths and none are welcome. You will be introduced to the Benedictine lifestyle through the hallmarks of love of Christ and neighbor, conversatio, prayer, stability, obedience, discipline, humility, stewardship, hospitality and community. 

Please note, all freshmen are welcome to attend but participation is limited.

Cost: Free (Box lunch and transportation provided)