Integrating the school's Catholic and Xaverian mission, the Retreat Program is a strong GC tradition, providing an opportunity for spiritual formation in the lives of our students. Each year, every student is provided with a retreat opportunity as a requirement for the first three years and as an option for senior year.
The Sophomore Day of Service challenges our students to put into practice the Xaverian call to service of the poor and marginalized. Each student spends a day at a facility offering help, support, and their presence to others. The day concludes at school with a Mass that incorporates reflection and an evaluation of the day.
The Junior Retreat is often named the peak experience at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School by many graduates. This three-day break from everyday life allows student groups to explore their relationships with self, God, and others.
Junior Retreat is required of all juniors at Good Counsel. Students' retreat groups are also their community members during junior year. If there are any questions or concerns about Junior Retreat, you may contact Mr. Hanel in the Campus Ministry Department. All forms associated with retreat can be found in Magnus.
Senior Retreat is the only optional retreat of the four-year program. This two-day program allows seniors to step back and evaluate their high school experience and prepare for the next step in their lives.Please check the school calendar for specific retreat dates. If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact Mr. Tamberino in the Campus Ministry Department.
Our Lady of Good Counsel High School considers retreats to be an essential part of our overall educational process. In terms of importance, retreats take precedence over all sports and extra-curricular activities. Should a student desire to switch his/her retreat date due to a serious conflict with an athletic or personal commitment, the request must be made by a parent in writing no later than four weeks prior to the scheduled retreat for sophomores and no later than eight weeks prior to the scheduled retreat for juniors.
The L.I.F.E. program is also part of the Retreat Program. Standing for "Living in Faith Experience," it is designed as both a preparation for and follow up to the Junior Retreat. L.I.F.E. is held one weeknight per month from 7:00 - 9:00 PM at school, and is open to all seniors and juniors who have already participated in their retreat. The meeting itself is a mini-retreat consisting of prayer, icebreakers, talks, and small group sharing. Each month's meeting has a designated theme, such as Friendship, Stress, or Forgiveness. The program provides a positive way for students to deal with relevant issues in a safe, supportive environment.