Kairos Retreat


Beginning 2018, St Joes is pleased to offer a new retreat opportunity for juniors and seniors. Our Kairos Retreat is modeled off the Ignatian Kairos model.

Kairos is a student-led retreat that helps participants understand their relationship to God, themselves, and others on a deeper level through: 

  • Senior Peer Minister witness talks; 
  • Faculty witness talks; and
  • Small group discussions. 

Our two night-three day model is arranged to provide students with a real “retreat” from their routines and immerse them in a program that is student planned and executed. This retreat is open to anyone who is in their junior or senior year at St Joes. 


  • Fall Kairos: November 30th - December 2nd, 2018. Sign-up outside Mr Smith's office in the Commons.
  • Spring Kairos: March 1st - March 3rd, 2019
  • Note: We understand that Kairos is scheduled during the first weekend of Winter Sports and a national SAT date.  Kairos, which is a Greek word meaning “the right time”, may not easily fit into your schedule. If you have a conflict but would like to attend, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at jsmith@sjcadets.org

There will be a Parent meeting for all those interested in attending the Fall Kairos Retreat on Tuesday, November 27 at 7pm in the Chapel.  Students need not attend this meeting. 


Fall Kairos Retreat


  • Friday, November 30 – Sunday, December 2, 2018 (Depart SJHS at 3:30pm on 11/30. Returning to SJHS by 2pm on 12/2)


  • Wisdom House Retreat Center, 229 East Litchfield Road, Litchfield, CT, (860) 567-3163 

Google Sign Up

Permission Slip/Medical Authorization:

  • Please download and complete the form (click here) and return it to Mr Smith by Tuesday, November 20. Please make sure all requisite medical paperwork is in to the Nurse.


  • $125.
  • A $75 deposit is due by November 1.
  • The $75 balance and permission slip/medical authorization are due by November 21.  
  • Note: Due to contractual arrangements with the retreat facility, we cannot release you from financial responsibility for the deposit or final cost of your Kairos spot unless another eligible student can be found to take your student's  place on the retreat.

Financial Assistance:

  •  If it is not possible for you to pay the full cost, please inquire with Mr Smith about the availability of financial assistance.  Retreats—like any travel or activities we choose to undertake—necessarily involve a financial commitment.  Still, we would like to help any student unable to afford the whole cost.  We want to make this retreat do-able for every student who wishes to attend, so please do not hesitate to ask if you have a need.


  • Any students who have academic difficulties before Kairos occurs may risk not being allowed to attend the retreat and the possibility of losing retreat payments—school administration will decide whether or not any such student may attend on a case-by-case basis.


  • When you arrive to school on the day of our departure for Kairos, bring your “luggage” to the Student Commons, where it will be stored for the day.

Meals, Snacks, and Beverages:

  • Three very hearty meals are served each day of the retreat.  Each family is asked to send some nut free snacks and beverages to be shared among students at the break times each day.  Such snacks and beverages should be brought to the Student Commons with the student’s baggage the morning of the retreat, and will be brought with the luggage and retreat supplies.


Packing List for Kairos

Definitely Pack:

  • Toiletries and prescription medications (you must inform Mr Smith if you take prescription medication)
  • A favorite writing instrument (favorite pen, etc.)
  • Leisure clothes (shirts, jeans, sweatpants, sweatshirts)
  • Warm jacket, hat, and gloves (you’ll definitely need them)
  • Underwear and socks for three days
  • Sneakers and flip flops
  • Nut-free snacks and beverages for sharing

Bring These If You Wish:

  • Pillow (if you’re the kind of person who likes to have your own from home)
  • Recreational athletic equipment (eg – football, frisbee, etc.)
  • Musical instruments

Do Not Bring:

  • Alcohol, tobacco, or illicit substances of any kind. If you do so, your parents will have to come to get you.

How To Pack:

  • The luggage and supplies for students and faculty must fit on the bus.  “Soft luggage” (ie – backpacks, duffle bags) makes this much more “do-able” than “hard luggage” (ie – suitcases).  As students occasionally ‘forget’ a bag upon our return to SJ, it’s helpful if all bags are labeled.

Where to Bring Your Belongings:

  • When you arrive to school on the morning of the retreat, bring your bags—and all snacks and beverages for sharing—to the Student Commons. During the day, we’ll transfer some supplies to the car that will precede us to Wisdom House, so that the bus will have proper seating for all of us.

Emergency Contact

  • Content

While Kairos is not a silent retreat, it is very important that a student’s Kairos be respected as a “retreat” from his or her normal daily routine.  Families and friends are therefore kindly asked to refrain from calling or texting students while they are away.  But certainly, if an emergency should arise during the retreat, you may reach Mr Smith twenty-four hours a day at the retreat  by using the app: WeChat. Mr Smith's WeChatID is MrSmithSJ.  

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Jordan Smith at jsmith@sjcadets.org or (203) 378-9378 x313.