Campus Ministry Retreats

On retreat, students explore real-world spiritual questions and form deeper relationships with one another. Our retreats are led by students for students with companions from Campus Ministry and from our faculty and staff. These retreats introduce students to the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius which have been used by people of all faiths to help them examine their lives and begin to articulate a personal spirituality for themselves.

The following is a list of retreats planned for the 2015-2016 academic year:

Ignis (Just for Freshmen!)
Saturday, September 12, 2015
Location: Cradle Beach in Angola, NY 
Fee: Free
Transportation is provided

Ignis is a freshmen-only, introductory retreat from 11am to 11pm on Saturday, Septemebr 12. The Campus Ministry Spiritual Interns organize this experience which will focus on orienting new students to Campus Ministry offerings, some quiet reflection and time to meet other new friends! Click here to register


Location: Cradle Beach, Angola, NY (transportation provided)
FEE: $50.00 (Financial assistance is available)

Kairos LII (52):
October 23-25, 2015 Click here to register (Only for Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors)

Kairos LIII (53): February 19-21, 2016 (All Undergraduates) Click here to register

Kairos LIV (54): March 11-13, 2016 (All Undergraduates) Click here to register

Run by Canisius students, for Cansius students along with some faculty and staff.  This retreat allows us to spend time away from campus so one can relax and explore their personal spirituality more deeply on "God's time" (Kairos).

This is an excellent "first adult retreat experience" for people where we introduce the themes of the Ignatian Exercises through student and adult real-life presentations, along with conversation in small groups with peers.

Quotes from Kairos participants include:
"Unbelievable! I was surprised at how open people were and the deep friendships I formed."
“[Kairos] has redefined my faith and belief in others."
"Expect the unexpected and you’ll become open to the incredible spirit you possess inside.”
"Kairos is a place to let go and just be." 

Transportation is provided. Click here to register


4th Day Retreat (For people who have attended Kairos)
Christ the King Seminary (East Aurora, NY)
January 29-31, 2016
Fee: $50 (Financial Assistance is available)

This one-overnight retreat deepens the experience of Kairos and invites participants to consider how they are "living the 4th day."  Led by students, for students...4-5 talks are the heart of this retreat that invite people to look more deeply inward and to think about their own story of faith, their values & priorities, their experience of sufferiing and healing and their deepest desires. Note: You must wait one semester minimally after you have made the Kairos retreat before attending 4th Day.   Click here to register


Cradle Beach
February 26-28, 2016
FEE: $50

This weekend retreat will give students who are exploring or recognizing their sexual orientation as gay, lesbian or bisexual.  We also invite those who are LGBTQ allies to share their experience of being a companion for their friends and/or family members.  This retreat is an opportunity to ask questions, discuss issues and listen to other’s stories in a safe and open environment. It is open to Canisius College undergraduate and graduate students. Participants will carpool to Cradle Beach in Angola, NY. Click here to register


Erie Benedictine Community
April 15-16, 2016
FEE: $25 - students;
$50 – affiliates

This is a single overnight retreat. It is open to all women at Canisius College and the women in their lives.  It is an opportunity to share from diverse faith backgrounds, traditions and prayers. We reflect by using rituals from various traditions and share the wisdom of the participants. Enjoying humor and relaxation together will heighten our awareness of the wonder of our womanhood and our spiritual lives. Click here to register If you are an affiliate of our Canisius community (mother, sister, aunt, etc) and are interested in attending the Women's Retreat, please contact Sarah Signorino directly to register at 716-888-2424 or


Men's Hiking Retreat
Alleghany State Park
Fee:  Free

An overnight retreat mixed with adventure travel.  Open to all males at Canisius College.  This is an opportunity to walk with others and to consider life's meaning.  Reflection questions are given to each participant to help guide the meditative walk.  Hikers will cover about 5 miles at a semi-brisk pace. Click here to register


Camp Pioneer
May 16, 2016

Students will carpool to Camp Pioneer in Angola for a day of deep reflection and fun as they reflect on their time as undergraduates and look ahead to a promising future. Click here to register