Our students experience personal and spiritual growth facilitated by our retreat program, which has a different theme for each school year. Each retreat builds upon the prior year's experience; the culmination of our program is the Senior Kairos retreat experience.
Our opening retreat theme is the Spirit of Holy Cross. This retreat introduces our freshmen the philosophy behind Holy Cross education. More specifically, the retreat will develop the pillars of being family, building respect, bringing hope and educating hearts and minds. When our students graduate from Moreau, they will have integrated these themes into their daily lives.
Agape is a sacrificial love that embraces suffering, discomfort and even death for the benefit of another without expecting anything in return. Sophomores are given the opportunity to expand their awareness of their world, deepening their capacity for compassion through an intense community experience in a day-long retreat at Holy Redeemer. The retreat begins with self-examination, then transitions into a look at our community and concludes with a look at each student's commitment to building the kingdom of God.
The new junior retreat has been designed to coincide and complement the Holy Cross Social Justice course. Each junior will take the social justice course and participate in the formative experience of retreat, (we offer a total of 10 retreats throughout the year). On retreat, juniors are invited to consider a different definition of Church: one in which it is not only a place of worship but one of refuge, peace, and respite from the streets. Now juniors take to the streets for an overnight immersion in which we will be sleeping at one of the largest churches in SF— St Mary’s Cathedral and volunteering in one of San Francisco’s greatest areas of need, the Tenderloin district.
Kairos, or God's time, is an intensive three-day retreat for Seniors. Led by trained adult and student leaders, this is the final, culminating senior spiritual event. Kairos gives twelfth graders a deeply enriching, soul searching and interactive experience -- retreats are held at Vallombrosa Retreat Center in Menlo Park in the fall and spring.