For over thirty years, we have provided spiritual retreat opportunities for our students here at BSM. The retreats are done by class and are conducted at YMCA Camp Ihduhapi on Lake Independence in Loretto, Minnesota. Becca Meagher, BSM’s Campus Minister, is the retreat director. The retreat staff includes other adults from the BSM faculty and staff, Shared Ministers from St. John’s University and the College of St. Benedict, seniors who are involved in the Peer Ministry program, and BSM alums who have continued to work on the program.

The faith formation curriculum includes an all-day retreat for freshman and sophomores during a school day, and all grades have an opportunity to attend an overnight retreat, Saturday morning through Sunday afternoon. Seniors have the opportunity of attending two retreats – one in the winter and one in the spring prior to graduation. These retreats are very different in theme and purpose, so seniors may choose to attend both if they wish. All of the overnight retreats are optional, and it is up to you and your son/daughter to decide whether or not to take advantage of these experiences.

One of our objectives is to build community within the class and to show the true importance of being part of a community of faith, bringing students to a personal understanding of their own faith and its importance in their lives. We consider these times to be truly sacred, providing students with the opportunity to grow in their relationship with God, others, and themselves.

Retreat FAQs Below:

What is the overall structure and mission of the retreat program at Benilde-St. Margaret’s?

Each class in the senior high has a class retreat during a school day. Our retreats are conducted by the campus minister and support staff, consisting of BSM faculty and staff, juniors and seniors in link crew. All of our retreats are held off-site at various locations throughout the metro area. While the theme and content of each retreat varies by class, one of our main objectives is to build community within the class, showing the true importance of being part of a community of faith. Through this experience, we hope to bring the students to a more personal understanding of their own faith and of its importance in their lives.

What again are the details regarding transportation and what to bring?

For class retreats, students are bused to and from BSM and are required to pack a lunch for the day. While we encourage comfortable attire, we do require students to adhere to the BSM dress code. 

For overnight retreats, students check in at BSM on Saturday and are bussed to the location and returned to BSM on Sunday. A separate packing list will be made available prior to the retreat. 

Is there financial assistance available if we are unable to meet the cost of the retreat?

Class retreats are free of charge for all students. If your son/daughter’s participation in an overnight retreat is jeopardized only because of the cost, please let me know and we will work something out. A lack of funds will never prevent any students from joining with their class for one of our retreats.

Who are the chaperones/leaders on the class retreats?

From the beginning of our retreat program in 1976, we have had many members of the BSM faculty/staff and many BSM graduates who faithfully give of their time and of themselves on our class retreats. In addition, we have special leadership for each of the weekends.

What if I have further questions concerning the retreat program?

If you have any further questions or concerns regarding the retreat program here at Benilde-St. Margaret’s, please contact campus minister Becca Meagher at any time by email or phone. I’m always happy to share more with you about what we do on these weekends to provide faith-filled opportunities for our students.