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Retreat Opportunities

RetreatsEach retreat is unique but all find fullness in the grace and love of God, and welcome people of all faith backgrounds and experiences. Peace, hope, laughter, joy, faith, healing, wisdom, friendship (and food!) are among the many blessings we have all received on retreats.

While most of our retreats are for undergraduate students, we also have retreat opportunities for faculty, staff, and graduate students, as well as alumni. We also work with Fordham-affiliated groups who are looking for a retreat location.

Learn more about each of the retreats below and find out which one might be best for you! Please contact us at any time for more information.

Retreats for Private Groups/Clubs/Classes

If you have a Fordham group interested in scheduling a retreat at Fordham's Philip H. McGrath House of Prayer, please contact Stephanie Roddy.

McGinley 103
718-817-4539
sroddy1@fordham.edu 

Or visit Lincoln Center Lowenstein 217
212-636-7212

Retreats for Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Students

Spiritual Exercises in Everyday (SEEL):
Begins September 2019
Contact: Carol Gibney or cgibney@fordham.edu

Retreats for Undergraduate Students

Fresh Vision

A fun, faith-filled retreat for Fordham's first-year students.

Who Goes? All first-year students hoping to live meaningful lives and who seek to connect with other freshmen who want to do the same.

What Happens? Peer leaders share reflections and facilitate small-group conversations and prayer on topics related to your journey to Fordham and your life here so far.

Reflect individually on what matters most to you and what you want your vision for your college experience to be.

Build community through conversation, prayer, food, and fun.

Grow in faith, make new friends, and have some fun!

Fresh-Vision draws from the fruits of Catholic-Christian spirituality and welcomes students of all faith backgrounds and experiences to help one another begin to "discover what you believe, and find where you belong" through shared experiences, prayers, and conversations with one another.

Where? Fordham's beautiful and peaceful House of Prayer in Goshen, NY

When? A weekend retreat from Friday (4:00 p.m.) to Sunday (4:00 p.m.).

Fresh-Vision 32: September 13-15, 2019

Fresh-Vision 33 (LC Focus): September 20-22, 2019

Fresh-Vision 34: January 31- February 2, 2020

What they're saying?"It's an amazing and rewarding experience."

"Go on Fresh-Vision because you find out that other freshman have the same concerns, doubts, hopes, and beliefs that you do." 

"It is a great way to recharge your spirituality and take a step back from your daily responsibilities and really reflect on what's truly important." 

"It is well worth it and tops anything else that would go on during the weekend. The people are great. On top of everything else, Fresh-Vision is just plain good for your soul."

Cor

Discover God and Gods Love in one another and in all things!

The name Cor is Latin for heart and is taken from the personal motto of Cardinal John Henry Newman, which is, COR AD COR LOQUITOR (Heart speaks to heart). It refers to Gods love - unconditional, abundant, and freely given to us from Gods own heart - the center of all love.

Who Goes? Cor welcomes any and all students who seek a community-centered weekend to grow in Gods love and relationships with one another. It is a great first retreat experience or follow-up to Fresh-Vision or Emmaus.

What Happens? Reflective talks by student leaders Small and large group discussions as well as personal reflection time Large group and small group prayer rooted in Christian and Ignatian spirituality and welcoming of all backgrounds.

Fun, recreation, community, and shared meals with one another all with the aim of discovering God and Gods love in one another and in all things.

Where? Fordham's beautiful and peaceful House of Prayer in Goshen, NY

When? A weekend retreat from 4:00 p.m. Friday to 4:00 p.m. Sunday

Cor 15: October 4-6, 2019

Cor 16: February 21-23, 2020

What they're saying? "Cor puts you in touch with how your heart is doing and all the potential it has to share your love with the world"

"Learn to understand your love for yourself, others, and God."

"It calmed me down and showed me where to find love in my life."

Prism Retreat

A Spirituality Retreat for Fordham's LGBT Students

Who Goes? The purpose of Prism is to offer a safe and welcoming place for LGBT students to explore and to deepen their relationship with God. It is a chance to experience Gods unconditional love, and to explore the multiple aspects of your relationships with God, self, and others along side others who are doing the same. Prism draws from a foundation of Catholic-Christian spirituality and welcomes students of all backgrounds and experiences. In the spirit of the Jesuit educational tenet, Cura Personalis, and the USCCB Pastoral letter, Always our Children (1997), campus ministry wishes to offer the enormous spiritual resources of the Church, and to enable you to flourish spiritually and holistically as you "discover what you believe and find where you belong" through your time at Fordham.

What Happens? A team of student leaders facilitates the retreat through:

  • Shared and individual reflections
  • Large group discussion
  • Community activities
  • Prayer, small-group sharing

Usual retreat goodies such as food, fun, and fellowship... as well as spontaneous community fun

Where? Fordham's beautiful and peaceful House of Prayer in Goshen, NY

Transportation will be provided from BOTH Lincoln Center and Rose Hill

When? Gather for a weekend retreat at Friday 4:00 p.m. until Sunday 4:00 p.m.

October 18-20, 2019

What they're saying? "You will return to school refreshed and emboldened with a new community of people who love you for everything you are."

"It is the best spiritual Fordham experience I have had in my four years."

"This retreat is an incredible opportunity to share a really special experience with a group of peers who can relate and understand where you are at with just about anything on your journey through being LGBTQ."

"Definitely go! The worst that could happen is that you meet a great group of interesting people and spend a relaxing weekend in a beautiful house and great snacks."

Women's Retreat

A grace-filled weekend of Faith and Friendship for all Fordham Women of Faith

Who Goes? Any and all Fordham women looking to nourish and grow in their spirituality, deepen their own identity, and build community with one another.

What Happens? Each year has a new theme, each of which facilitates self-reflection, draws strength from spirituality, and develops community with one another.

What makes this retreat a women's retreat is not that it discusses women or women's issues per se but that it brings together a community of women to share what is on our hearts.

Relax, have some fun, eat some great meals, and meet some new friends.

Where? Fordham's beautiful and peaceful House of Prayer in Goshen, NY

When? This is a weekend retreat from Friday 4:00 p.m. to Sunday 4:00 p.m.

February 7-9, 2020

What they're saying? "Treat yourself for some joy and peace."

"It was a great opportunity to connect with other women and reflect in a quiet, open place."

"God will touch you in ways you would not expect. Growing closer to these women will teach you about yourself, faith, and life."

Charis Senior Retreat

An encouraging retreat for seniors reflecting on Gods Grace and all Lies Ahead!

Who goes? Fordham seniors from RH and LC who are seeking Charis (grace) and guidance for major life transitions.

What happens? Through conversation, reflection, prayer, and other activities you will reflect on where you have been and contemplate the path ahead with a supportive community of your fellow seniors. Share your experience, and learn from others, including recent Fordham graduates, who share their own transition story of life after Fordham. De-stress, have some fun, and return to campus relaxed and ready for all that lies ahead!

Where? Fordham's House of Prayer in Goshen, NY

When? A weekend retreat from Friday (4:00 p.m.) to Sunday (4:00 p.m.)

April 3-5, 2020

What they're saying? "Charis was such a great opportunity to breath in the comfort and peacefulness of Goshen, to recollect, and center myself before graduation."

"It was a great experience because we were all in the same boat ... the same boat full of excitement and concern about life after Fordham. Every senior should do it!"

La Cueva

Prayerful self-reflection and guided meditations focused on the life and love of Jesus.

Who Goes? All those seeking a more intimate knowledge of themselves, their faith, and their relationship with God through reflection on the life of Jesus.

What Happens? A team of campus ministry directors facilitates the weekend through:

Reflective silence, Scriptural meditations, and guided prayer moments based on the 2nd and 3rd weeks of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.

Opportunities for individual spiritual direction to further reflect on your experience of prayer and how it is that God may be working in your life.

The bonds of silence, common meals, group prayer, and opportunities for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist.

Where? Fordham's beautiful and peaceful House of Prayer in Goshen, NY

When? A weekend retreat from Friday (4:00 p.m.) to Sunday (4:00 p.m.).

November 22-24, 2019

What they're saying? "It is such a unique gift to be given time where silence is expected and respected!"

"There's no other opportunity like it. La Cueva lets you take a weekend to do whatever it is you need to do for yourself." 

Contemplatio Retreat

A powerful, silent Ignatian retreat based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius

Who goes? Experienced students with some knowledge of Ignatian spirituality, and a desire for further silent contemplation and growth. Prior participation in Emmaus or LaCueva is strongly encouraged. Those who have not participated in one of these retreats are asked to contact Pauline Villapando for more information before participating.

What happens? Silent, contemplative prayer and reflection based upon the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. Individual spiritual direction and guidance offered daily throughout the weekend. Communal prayer, shared meals, the opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and Mass 

Where? The Seminary of the Immaculate Conception retreat center in Huntington, N.Y.

When? January 17-20, 2020

What they're saying? "Contemplatio is a cool way of saying be contemplative with us, yourself, and God this weekend. Its a great way to become in touch with your best friends: yourself and God, and to build those relationships." 

"The retreat was an incredible way to step back and reflect on where I am in my faith life, how I am doing well, and what improvements I need to consider. The support of a spiritual director really changes the game." 

Art & Yoga Lenten Retreat

Lenten Retreat - On Campus in Your Daily Life

Who goes? Any and all members of the Fordham community are welcome!

What happens? This retreat is designed for those of you who want to enter more deeply into the Lenten season through prayer and reflection but don't have time to go away on retreat. Each participant will be paired with a spiritual companion to help guide the retreat and will be given resources to facilitate daily prayer and reflection over the course of the week.

When you meet with the companion and when you take time for prayer each day is up to you. Optional opportunities for group prayer and reflection will be available.

Slow down, relax, breath as we prepare our hearts and minds for Lent.

Where? Wherever you are!

When? March 6-7, 2020

What they're saying? "I would definitely suggest/recommend this retreat. It is perfect to fit into a busy schedule."

Interfaith Retreat

Celebrate your faith and learn from the beliefs, traditions, and practice of others!

Who Goes? All people of faith hoping to understand and learn from the beliefs and practices of others as we explore the question "What does it mean to be people of faith ...at Fordham and beyond?"

Each years retreat has a new theme that brings people together to reflect on your experience of living a life of faith.

Whether you're committed to a particular faith or are searching for what you believe, this retreat will provide the opportunity to delve into great questions and conversation with one another! All are welcome!

What Happens? A great team of student leaders from diverse faith backgrounds will:

  • Share reflections on their own experiences;
  • Facilitate prayer experiences from different traditions;
  • Share meals from various celebrations; and
  • Facilitate fun community activities as we get to know one another as people of faith striving to make the connections between faith and life on campus and in the world today.

Where? Fordham's beautiful House of Prayer in Goshen, NY. Transportation provided.

When? An overnight retreat from Friday (4:00 p.m.) to Saturday (4:00 p.m.)

February 28-29, 2020

What they are saying? "The Interfaith retreat has been great to understand new things about other spiritual traditions; things that are startlingly similar, but also things that are different and intriguing. It helps retreatants see each other in a new and different light, showing the different ways in which people incorporate their own faith life into their lives, and paving the way for worthwhile and sometimes unexpected friendships."

Emmaus

Travel the Road to Emmaus, finding God in all things and embracing God's Unconditional Love

Who Goes? Emmaus is open to any and all students wherever you are on your own faith journey. Emmaus is a great first retreat experience for those who are seeking to focus on their relationship with God, self, and others in a supportive community of peers seeking to do the same.

What Happens? The retreat is rooted in a Catholic-Christian spirituality and welcomes students of all faith and spiritual backgrounds who desire to grow in relationship with God. Immerse yourself in the Scriptural story of the road to Emmaus and the first week of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius focusing on love and forgiveness. Student leaders share personal reflections on life, faith, and prayer, and facilitate small-group conversations.

The Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist are available for those who wish to participate. Large group discussions and community activities, small-group sharing, and individual time for further prayer and reflection. Great fellowship, tasty food, and our loving God!

Where? Fordham's beautiful and peaceful House of Prayer in Goshen, NY

When? A weekend retreat from Friday (4:00 p.m.) to Sunday (4:00 p.m.)

Emmaus 123: November 1-3, 2019

Emmaus 122: March 27-29, 2020

What they're saying? "It's an amazing and rewarding experience." (Retreatant on Emmaus 112, Spring 2014)

"One of the best and most lasting ways to grow in faith is by hearing of other people's faith stories. That is what happens on Emmaus."

"For the faithful, it is a renewal of faith. For the doubtful or lost, it is a reintroduction to God's love." 

"Whether you are in a great place with your faith or a terrible one, Emmaus gives you a chance to talk a break from the craziness of Fordham and reevaluate your relationships and where your life is headed."