Based upon the model set forth by Jesus the Christ and his understanding of the need to withdraw from the busyness of life in order to regain one's focus, La Salle places a heavy emphasis upon the retreat program. Furthermore, in order to encourage our students to adopt the practice of making an annual retreat, all students are required to make a planned retreat each year.
While we are confident that the retreat program at La Salle can provide strong, even powerful beginning experiences in a young man's faith-life, we realize these experiences are at or closer to the beginning of our students' faith-life. We trust that whatever seeds are planted, God will bring them to full flower in His own good time. We also realize that we serve non-Catholic and non-Christian students. No efforts are made at the retreats to convert students to Catholic Christianity and those of different denomination and faiths will be respected for those differences.
Faith, Service & Community – Freshman Day of Renewal
Father and sons spend a day working shoulder to shoulder at service agencies throughout the city. Then they reflect on the service experience, and have the opportunity to bond and form relationships with peers.
Healthy Relationships – God, Self and Others
In an effort to instill in students the Christian discipline of retreats and spiritual renewal, La Salle High School has fashioned experiences that we hope will benefit our young men in ways that are appropriate to their age and situation. The Sophomore Retreat seeks to address life and faith issues that are common to all teenagers, such as God, family, relationships, choosing values for life, and to help students understand that they are not alone in these experiences. The sophomore students will be led by a great group of seniors who have been preparing to lead their fellow Lasallian brothers on the Sophomore Retreat for the last two months. These seniors will be delivering talks on Why are We Here, Love of God, Love of Self and Love of Others, and, they will help to lead small group discussions on how God is a real and guiding presence in our lives, families, school, community and world. All participants will celebrate the Sacrament of the Eucharist, participate in community prayer and reflection.
Inward Reflection – God’s Time (Kairos)
Kairos is a religious retreat program grounded in Christian incarnational theology, our Christian belief that God is very much part of our real world, especially through the continuing presence of Jesus Christ. It is an experience of Christian community, with a series of talks given both by peers and by adults. Prayer and the sacraments are an essential part of the program as well as the participants' involvement in discussions and other exercises. The program lasts for two and one-half days, with the challenge to continue it for as long as one possibly can. To this end, Fourth Day meetings are essential. These regular meetings continue to challenge the participants to integrate the retreat in their daily lives. The sessions also provide an ongoing community of support.
The program is not a panacea. Rather it deepens one's Christian life in an atmosphere where ongoing religious education and formation are available.
Outward Service – Called to Serve
Students will complete one of the following service leadership activities:
- Serve as a Kairos Retreat leader with the junior retreat participants
- Serve as a Sophomore Retreat leader AND as a stand-in leader on a Freshman Day Renewal
- Participate in a Service Immersion Trip during the summer between the junior and senior years
- Participate in a social justice/spirituality retreat during the first semester of the senior year