Campus Ministry
Campus Ministry

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.

Connect Retreat

Date: August 2019

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Start your Benedictine University adventure with a one-day retreat just for you!

Day includes: service, lunch, activities, and reflection!

Connect with other freshmen and start the adventure together!

To sign up, please email: Carol Allen at



Koinonia Retreat

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Next Retreat Date

November 10-11, 2018

Registration is open!

Register Now!

The Koinonia (Greek for "community") Retreat builds community by bringing individuals closer to Christ through experiences of Christian witness, faith-filled encounters, discussions and team-building activities. This student-led retreat will encourage you to reflect on your own faith life and seek a deeper relationship with God, while engaging you with peers making similar faith journeys. Throughout the two-day retreat, you have the opportunity to reflect, grow, renew, celebrate and enjoy.

Although the retreat is offered from a Catholic perspective, all Benedictine University students are invited and welcome to attend. No experience is required. If God is calling you to “re-retreat,” answer the call!

Cost: $30 (includes meals and more.)


F.L.I.G.H.T. Retreat

F.L.I.G.H.T. Freshman Living in God's Hope and Trust Retreat logo

Next Retreat Date

Fall 2019
Starved Rock State Park



The F.L.I.G.H.T. 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. 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)


Busy Person's Retreat

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Next Retreat Date

Spring 2019

Registration is currently closed.

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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. 30-minute reflection 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 meeting.
Tuesday-Thursday: Individual sessions with spiritual companion.
Friday: Closing prayer and meal.



Interfaith Retreat

Date: February 2019

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


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Carrie Roberts, M.A.
(630) 829-6028

Carol Allen, M.A.P.S.
Campus Minister, Coordinator of Retreats, Faith Formation and Liturgy
(630) 829-6029