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 the senior year.
- Freshman Retreat Day builds community both within the incoming class, as well as with upperclassmen leaders and introduces the freshmen to the Xaverian history and charism.
- Sophomore Day of Service is a one school day experience, integrating faith and action. Students participate in a day of service at various local placements, and conclude with reflection and prayer.
- 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.
- Senior Retreat is the only optional retreat of the four-year program. It challenges students to consider the next steps in their lives of faith. Please consult the school calendar for specific retreat dates.
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.
The Sophomore is a day of service that challenges the young people to put into practice the Xaverian call to service of the poor and marginalized. Each sophomore spends the day at a facility offering help, support and presence to others. At the end of the day, the students return to School for a Mass that incorporates reflection and evaluation of the day.
The Junior Retreat is a three-day program that allows students the opportunity to examine their relationships with self, others and God in their lives. Junior Retreat is required of all juniors at Good Counsel and will be made with their Junior Communities during the school 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 the Retreat Forms section of the Campus Ministry website.
Senior Retreat is a two-day program that allows seniors to step back and evaluate their high school experience and prepare for the next step in their lives. If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact Mr. Tamberino in the Campus Ministry Department.