Retreat Planning Committee

Creating moments where students can encounter Jesus Christ in a personal and profound way is central to the mission of Campus Ministry at Dominican. To facilitate and provide these opportunities, the Retreat Planning Committee organizes retreat experiences for both current Dominican students as well as middle school students at many area Catholic grade schools.

Dominican students participate in yearly retreats rooted in the four pillars of Dominican life: Community, Study, Prayer, and Preaching.

On the Rooted retreat, the freshmen are immersed in the pillar of Community. This day-long retreat pushes the newest Dominican family members into a half day of service at 14 different sites throughout the Milwaukee area. During the second half of retreat, students experience all four pillars of Dominican life through small and large group interactive activities.


The Jars of Clay retreat is a day-long reflective journey based on 2 Corinthians 4:7-18. This retreat marks the halfway point in the four-year journey of a Dominican student. Jars of Clay calls for students to study their actions, their habits, and their relationships over the past two years and challenges them to create a personal plan for their life in faith moving forward.


Kairos, a Greek word meaning God’s time, is a three-day, two-night retreat held at the Redemptorist Retreat Center. Kairos is designed to help students step away from their daily routine and allow them to center their focus on prayer, dialogue, and deep reflection. Students participate in Mass, reconciliation, and conversation with their peers. Kairos facilitates the encounter moments with Christ Jesus and is noted as the most meaningful and powerful retreat experience while at Dominican.

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Coming full circle, The Journey takes our senior students to the Schoenstatt Retreat Center. This extended-day retreat takes places on a Monday in early September. Seniors are called to reflect on their life at Dominican thus far and how they will live as members of the Order of Preachers and share their faith at Dominican in their final year. Seniors create a personal piece for the traditional Dominican puzzle and receive a handmade wooden cross, both keepsakes in faith, lasting a lifetime and calling to mind the many moments with Christ they have experienced while at Dominican.

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Middle School Retreats

Middle School retreats are offered for area Catholic grade schools. The Retreat Planning Committee discerns a theme for the year and then adopts the theme to fit the needs of the various grade levels and individual communities for each school. Each retreat is carefully crafted to the specific spiritual needs of the students. Schools that have participated in Middle School Retreat program are:

  • Lumen Christi – Mequon
  • St. Alphonsus – Greenfield
  • St. Francis Borgia – Cedarburg
  • St. Joseph – Grafton
  • St. Eugene – Fox Point
  • St. Monica – Whitefish Bay
  • Holy Family – Whitefish Bay

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