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Xavier's Freshman Retreat is one of the most memorable experiences for our students is the Freshmen Retreat. Freshmen stay overnight on campus while learning about the community, bonding with upperclassmen, and discovering what it means to be a “man or woman with and for others.” 

The Arrupe Retreat allows sophomore students the opportunity to reflect on their identity. As they develop into young adults, the sophomores are faced with new freedoms and responsibilities. How do we make sense of God’s will during a potentially confusing time in our lives? 

The Sophomore Retreat allows students the opportunity to reflect on their identity. As they develop into young adults, the sophomores are faced with new freedoms and responsibilities. How do we make sense of God’s will during a potentially confusing time in our lives? 

Kairos, along with the Freshman Retreat, is often the most memorable spiritual and communal experience for students at Xavier. The retreat is based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, first created near the town of Manresa in Spain. Ignatius challenged others to place Christ in the center of their lives, thereby finding God in all things. It is Xavier’s hope that retreatants on KAIROS come to understand that “God meets us in our personal experience, in our relationships, dreams, hopes, pains, and worries.” (Grogan, S.J.) It is a four day, three night retreat in Julian, CA.