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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IGNIS (Just for Freshmen!)

Sunday, September 10 from 10am-8pm
Location: Cradle Beach in Angola, NY 
Fee: Free
Transportation is provided.

Ignis is a freshmen-only, introductory retreat. Our Campus Ministry Freshmen Experience organize 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.

MAGIS (second semester retreat just for freshmen!)

Location: Harvest House, Buffalo, NY 
FEE: $25.00 (Financial assistance is available)
Friday, January 26-27, 2018

Magis is the chance for freshmen to meet new people, discuss issues they are facing in their first year at Canisius and to explore their relationship with God. Participants will carpool to Harvest House in South Buffalo.


Location: Cradle Beach, Angola, NY (transportation provided)
FEE: $50.00 (Financial assistance is available)
Transportation is provided.
Kairos 58: November 10-12 (Not open to Freshmen)
Kairos 59: February 9-10, 2018 (All Undergraduates)
Kairos 60: April 13-15, 2018 (All Undergraduates)

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." 


4th DAY (For people who have attended Kairos)

October 20-22, 2017
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. 


Cradle Beach (We will carpool out to Angola, NY)
February 23-25, 2018
FEE: $50 (Financial assistance is available)

This weekend retreat will give students who are exploring or recognizing their sexual and gender orientations.  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.



Camp Pioneer
May 14, 2018
Fee: Free

Students will carpool to Camp Pioneer in Angola for a day of reflection on their time as undergraduates and look ahead to a promising future.