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.

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First-year Student Retreat

Sunday, September 15 from 11am-7pm
Location: Cradle Beach in Angola, NY 
Fee: Free
Transportation is provided.

This is a transfer and freshmen-only, introductory retreat. Our Campus Ministry student leadership team organizes this experience which will focus on orienting new students to Campus Ministry offerings, some quiet reflection and time to meet other new friends! It will conclude with Sunday mass in our Christ the King Chapel.


Location: Cradle Beach, Angola, NY (transportation provided)
FEE: $50.00 (Financial assistance is available)
Transportation is provided.
Kairos 64: October 25-27, 2019 (Not open to Freshmen)
Kairos 65: February 7-9, 2020 (All Undergraduates and Grads)
Kairos 66: April 3-5, 2020 (All Undergraduates and Grads)

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 "where God allows time to stand still." (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."

Manresa Weekend Retreat (For people who have attended Kairos)

November 8-10, 2019
April 17-19, 2020
Cradle Beach
Fee: $50 (Financial assistance is available)

Thist 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. 

MAGIS RETREAT (for HESAA students)

Cradle Beach
Jan. 19-20, 2020
​Fee: $10 (Scholarships available, just email Sarah Signorino at after registering)

This overnight retreat, designed just for graduate students in the HESAA program, explores professional and personal discernment. Hear from your peers, alumni, and faculty and reflect on the central questions of: What brings me joy? What am I good at? What does the world need from me? Leave by bus on Sunday morning, Jan. 19 at 10:15am and return to campus around 3pm on Monday morning, Jan. 20.

MAGIS RETREAT (for undergraduate students)

Cradle Beach
​Jan. 24-25, 2020
​FEE: $25 (scholarships available, just email Sarah Signorino at after registering)

This overnight retreat begins with leaving from Canisius by bus to go to Cradle Beach in Angola, NY on Friday, Jan. 24 at 4:15. Spend the overnight retreat reflecting on the questions: What brings me joy? What am I good at? What does the world need from me? Hear faculty and staff reflect on decisions that helped shape their lives. Identify a conversation partner to help mentor you in your journey. Relax. Recharge. Refocus.


Cradle Beach
Feb 28-March 1, 2020
FEE: Free 

This weekend retreat will give students who are exploring or recognizing their sexual and gender orientations.  We also invite those who are LGBTQIA+ 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.



Cradle Beach
May 11, 2020
Fee: Free

Students will carpool to Cradle Beach in Angola for a final day of reflection on their time as undergraduates and look ahead to a promising future as they kick off Senior Week.