Retreats

Students in prayer at outdoor chapel

Retreats

Campus Ministry hosts off-site retreats throughout the academic year. Take time away from the busyness of the academic year to spend time with God in fellowship with peers. Transportation and lodging are provided for all retreats.

Connections First-Year Student Retreat

When: September 13-15, 2024
Where: Toah Nipi Retreat Center, Rindge, N.H.
Who is it for: first-year students
Instagram: @pc_connections_retreat

Contact:
JP Manning
jmannin5@providence.edu

Registration is now open! prov.ly/connections2024

Don’t miss the best weekend of freshmen year! Join us for our annual Connections Retreat for first-year students September 13-15, 2024 at Toah Nipi Retreat Center in Rindge, NH. Join over 75 of your classmates having fun, growing in faith, and learning about life at PC. Take a break from the busyness of starting college, form new friendships, and reflect on the role of God in your life. Make great connections with our 25 upperclassmen student leaders and your peers in the class of 2028! Enjoy a weekend of canoeing, s’mores around a bonfire, an Olympic Games competition, time for prayer, a fresh outlook on college, and great food. Transportation and lodging are provided. Please email campus minister JP Manning at jmannin5@providence.edu with any questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

What will the weekend look like for participants?

The weekend will be a time of community building with other members of the Class of 2028, consisting of listening to talks, prayer together, fun activities, Sunday Mass, and other activities as a group to grow connected through the Lord.

What is the retreat center like?

Toah Nipi Retreat Center in Rindge, NH is a beautiful, peaceful facility set on a lake. See here for more about the facilities and their mission: https://toahnipi.org/

Is transportation provided?

Yes – all leaders and retreatants will travel together to the retreat center by bus.

Do I need to be Catholic/deeply religious/have previous experience with Campus Ministry to attend Connections?

We welcome all first-year students to join us on the retreat regardless of where you are in your faith journey for a weekend of community and growth in their faith life, whether you are already involved in Campus Ministry, are just beginning to explore your relationship with the Lord, or are curious or unsure about faith. Our student retreat leaders are ready to help you in any way they can!

What should I pack for Connections?

You will be provided with an in depth packing list a week before the retreat, but here are some of the essentials:

  • Warm clothes
  • Sheets or sleeping bag and pillow – You will have a bed and mattress, definitely bring a pillow and a sheets or a sleeping bag, and a blanket
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Whatever else you need to play hard and pray hard this weekend – journal, rosary, games, instruments, etc.

Who is able to attend the Connections Retreat?

Any first-year student who wants to attend can attend.

No one else I know is attending Connections. Will I have the same experience as a participant even if I don’t know anyone there?

YES! Many participants come into our retreats not knowing anyone prior to the weekend, and leave having built deep connections with those who they have not previously had relationships with. It is a great way to meet new people and form new friendships!

I want to come on Connections, but I’m scared I have too much to do over the weekend and won’t be able to manage both.

We will return to campus on Sunday afternoon. This leaves plenty of time for completing homework and other responsibilities after our return on Sunday!

Should I prepare anything beforehand to bring on the retreat/is there anything I need besides what is on the packing list provided?

No, there is nothing else that is needed for you to bring or prepare for the retreat besides what is on the packing list that we send out for participants.

Men’s Wilderness Retreat

When: October 14-15, 2023
Where: Mount Monadnock State Park, Jaffrey, N.H.
Who is it for: Male undergraduate students
Registration: prov.ly/mwr2023
Contact:
JP Manning
jmannin5@providence.edu

Unplug, unwind, and enjoy the great outdoors in the beautiful fall weather during our annual Men’s Wilderness Retreat. Enjoy hiking at Mount Monadnock State Park during peak foliage season, campfires, cooking over open fire, and camaraderie, as well as opportunities for Mass and optional confession.

For more information about the campgrounds, please visit:
https://www.nhstateparks.org/find-parks-trails/monadnock-state-park

For more information about the retreat, please contact Campus Ministry Retreats Director JP Manning at jmannin5@providence.edu.

Lighthouse Sophomore Retreat

When: November 4-5, 2023
Where: The Retreat at Norwich Lake, Huntington, Mass.
Who is it for: Sophomores
Registration: prov.ly/lighthouse2023
Contact:
JP Manning
jmannin5@providence.edu

Attention sophomores! Looking to get away for a weekend to grow closer to God and the Class of 2026? Our Lighthouse Retreat is for you.

Join us November 4-5 at the Retreat at Norwich Lake in Huntington, MA for witness talks from upperclassmen about their experiences of sophomore year at PC, prayer, games, great food, and a weekend away from campus! You’ll enjoy the gorgeous late fall New England weather. Prayer opportunities for the weekend include Holy Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, opportunities for the sacrament of reconciliation, and smaller times of prayer and reflection led by student leaders.

Lighthouse is a retreat which focuses specifically on the experiences you all go through in your second year on campus. These include things like balancing leadership positions and commitments, nurturing old and new relationships, and perhaps feeling a little lost or uncertain about your faith. It can be very easy for your sophomore year to leave you in search of a firm foundation, an anchor which can bring clarity and strength to your specific story. On Lighthouse, we want to meet you where you are, walk with you, and be instruments in your discovery of how God is calling you, even amidst stormy seas.

If you ask anyone who has attended in years past, they will tell you that it is a truly meaningful weekend that could not come at a better time during your time at PC.

For more information, please contact Campus Ministry Retreats Director JP Manning at jmannin5@providence.edu.

Silent Retreat

When: February 24-25, 2024
Where: Mercy by the Sea Retreat House in Madison, CT
Who is it for: Undergraduate students
Contact:
JP Manning
jmannin5@providence.edu

Our fifth annual Silent Retreat will be held February 24 & 25 at the beautiful Mercy by the Sea Retreat House in Madison, CT.

This retreat is open to all undergraduate students and will include reflection talks by chaplains and campus ministers, opportunities for the sacraments, and time for personal prayer and reflection.

The last few Silent Retreats have been incredible and we are so excited to see what the Lord has in store for each of us in these moments of peace, relaxation, and quiet.

Other than the talks by staff and the sacraments, this retreat will be made in total silence. This is our most unique retreat offering in that there are no small groups, games, or icebreakers, but simply time to be with God in a profound way.

We are so excited to share the graces of this beautiful weekend with you!

Registration space is very limited so please sign up today at prov.ly/silentretreat.

Encounter with Christ Retreat

When: March 22-24, 2024
Where: Enders Island Retreat Center in Mystic, CT
Who is it for: Undergraduate students
Contact:
JP Manning
jmannin5@providence.edu

“I was going through the motions, but didn’t feel like God was in my daily life. Not until I went on Encounter.”

Come on our Encounter with Christ Retreat from March 22-24 at Enders Island Retreat Center in Mystic, CT to experience the joy and fullness of a life with Jesus Christ! This unique retreat brings together many different people who are in different places in their lives and places in their walk with God. This is the 41st time we have offered this awesome weekend retreat for our Friar Family. The weekend retreat is led by students who have previously attended the Encounter Retreat and is filled with time for reflection, the sacraments, personal prayer, and fellowship with friends. It is a great opportunity to take a weekend away from the busy life of the PC campus and have time for prayer, reflection, and community building. Open to all grades. Come find out what encountering Christ is all about!

To register, please visit prov.ly/encounter41.