We are pleased to announce St. Joe’s fifth Kairos Retreat!
We have assembled a great group of student leaders who will take part in a unique experience of prayer and fellowship, only to be augmented by a stellar Faculty Team. Please note: the deadline to sign up is February 26, 2021.
Below, we have listed some of the details of the trip, but you may read it in this letter from Mr. Smith as well.
Step 1: Please fill out this Google Form to confirm your spot: https://forms.gle/Eh4hJDeBiwzXqZpr6
Step 2: Download and return this Parent Permission Form to Mr Smith.
Step 3: There will be a parent-only meeting on Tuesday, March 2 at 7PM on Zoom. (Click here for link)
Next Retreat Date: March 5 - 6, 2021
Location: St Pius X in Fairfield (834 Brookside Drive)
- Meet at 5PM on Friday, March 5th. A more detailed schedule will be posted soon.
- This will be a day program due to current restrictions on overnight trips.
- Any students who have academic difficulties before Kairos occurs may risk not being allowed to attend the retreat—school administration will decide whether or not any such student may attend on a case-by-case basis.
Reflections on the February 2020 Kairos Retreat, by Jordan Smith
Our Chaplain, Fr Eric Silva, was able to celebrate Mass twice and offer Reconciliation once during the course of the weekend. In addition, we incorporated a Eucharistic Holy Hour on the first night of retreat, in conjunction with Katie Keogler from St Rose of Lima in Newtown, CT. These spiritual elements helped retreatants understand the scriptural foundation upon which the Kairos Retreat is built in the context of the stories and personal testimonies shared by their peers.
The role of faculty chaperones was to help facilitate small group sessions of approximately 8-10, yet defer to the leadership of the appointed Student Leader. Student Leaders gave the majority of retreat “talks” and met with myself often in the months leading up to the retreat. Their training involved a comprehensive overview of the entire program including policies for reporting students of concern. With their good leadership, five students were identified and referred to the Counseling Department upon our return for necessary evaluation and support.
My sincere thanks to all who have supported this new initiative and care deeply about the future of Campus Ministry through programs like Kairos. I anticipate great growth in Campus Ministry with your support.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (203) 378-9378 x313.
St Joes is proud to offer retreat opportunities for juniors and seniors. Modeled off the Ignatian Kairos model, Kairos Retreats are student-led retreats 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.
This retreat is open to anyone who is in their junior or senior year at St Joes.
It is hard to describe the sense of community and incredible love for one another that thrives on Kairos. For three days we prayed as a community, shared stories and took time to actually listen to each other. We watched our students embrace one another in moments of affirmation that showed us all just how real our SJ “family” is.
-Jordan Smith, Director of Campus Ministry