The Campus Ministry program provides students an opportunity to deepen their faith and encounter Christ through personal reflection, group sharing, prayer, community building activities, and liturgy. The Freshmen and Sophomore retreat is mandatory and gives all the students a retreat experience their first two years at Garces. The Junior and Senior retreat experience is overnight and allows students time away for deeper reflection and faith sharing.
Freshmen Retreat – “The Tradition Begins” The freshmen retreat is a one day retreat experience at the beginning of school where the students enjoy an atmosphere of community building activities, speakers, prayer and liturgy. Senior and junior students organize and lead the retreat and share their experiences of attending Garces Memorial High School and being a part of the faith community.
Sophomore Retreat – “Overcoming Obstacles and Building Bridges” The sophomore retreat is a one day retreat at St. Anthony’s Retreat Center in Three Rivers, CA. and St. Nicholas Ranch and Retreat Center in Dunlap, CA. This is a mandatory retreat and all sophomores participate in the retreat at one of these locations. The purpose of community is emphasized throughout the day and as the students work with each other to overcome the obstacles that are placed in front of them. Through this retreat students have an opportunity to reflect on their own giftedness and what they bring to their class and Garces Memorial.
Junior Retreat – “Who is the Person God is Calling Me to Be?” The Junior Leadership Retreat is an overnight retreat at St. Nicholas Ranch and Retreat Center in Dunlap, CA. This retreat is a small group retreat (15-18 students) which lends itself to deep reflection and self-disclosure. Through community building activities, personal sharing, prayer and liturgy, students are encouraged to discern their own personal vocation.
Senior Retreat – “Friends for the Journey” The Senior Retreat is an overnight retreat at St. Anthony’s Retreat House in Three Rivers, CA. Through faith testimonies, prayer and personal sharing, students reflect on their faith and how they can continue to foster their spirituality as they continue their journey as young adults.