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 draw on Ignatian Spirituality and 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.
First-year Student Retreat
Date: Saturday September 17, 2022, 10am-4pm
Location: On Campus
Sign Up for the First-Year Retreat Here
This day long retreat on campus for first-year and transfer students will focus on community building, making new friends, and reflecting upon the first few weeks of their college experience. Participants have a variety of faith backgrounds or none at all, all are welcome!
Date: November 4-6, 2022
Location: Cradle Beach, Angola, NY (transportation provided)
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). Rooted in Ignatian Spirituality, the retreat calls students to a greater awareness of God in the world around them and serves as an introduction to the importance of reflection in one’s everyday approach to life. Students will reflect on experiences that have made them who they are and where they are in in their journey of faith, through small group sharing and reflection activities.
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."
Always Our Children (AOC) Retreat
This retreat is for LGBTQIA+ students and allies. Open to undergraduate and graduate students. A long standing tradition where our Canisius community will gather to explore the intersections between spirituality, gender, and sexuality.
Date: May 2023
A chance for seniors to reflect on the last four years of college.