Pre-Freshman Retreat is Scheduled for Friday, Oct. 14

Posted October 10, 2016 / Last updated October 10, 2016

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Student Body President Joseph Dupre makes a connection between his experiences at Jesuit and the conversion of St. Ignatius at the castle of Loyola.

Joseph Dupre ’16 addressed the pre-freshmen on last year’s retreat on ways in which his life related to the conversion of St. Ignatius at the castle of Loyola.

The Pre-Freshman Retreat, which was originally re-scheduled due to conflicts with the funeral Mass for Fr. Raymond Fitzgerald, S.J., is set to take place this Friday, Oct. 14. The retreat will begin at 9:00 AM in the Jesuit High School auditorium. Parents should plan to pick up their sons at 3:00 PM at Jesuit.

The Pre-Freshman Retreat is the first opportunity students have to invest in their religious formation at Jesuit. Each year, students take an opportunity to reflect on where God is calling them in their lives as men of faith and men for others. They will have similar retreats each year in their time at Jesuit. The talks given by upperclassmen at this event focus on the conversion of St. Ignatius in the castle of Loyola, where he sat admiring the lives of Jesus and the saints and dreaming about what his life could be if he were to follow their example. Students are invited to do the very same thing, inviting Jesus into their lives of discipleship while at Jesuit.

Drop-off Procedures

Pre-freshmen should arrive at Jesuit and report to the side lobby of the auditorium (which can be accessed from the school yard). Pre-freshmen will sit together according to theology classes in the front of the auditorium. Faculty and upperclassmen will be on hand to instruct them where to sit. A pizza lunch will be provided during the day.  Students should keep their Student Prayer Books in their lockers so that they do not lose them during the retreat, but will be able to retrieve them for Mass on retreat.

Dress Code and Behavior

Dress for the retreat is casual but respectful: jeans or decent shorts, pullover shirt or presentable T-shirt (no T-shirts advertising liquor or bearing suggestive messages), and tennis shoes are all acceptable. Basically, the young men should wear something that would be acceptable at a casual family function.

Cell phones are not allowed at the Pre-Freshman Retreat. This retreat day is a required Jesuit school function; thus all school rules of conduct apply.

Pick-up Procedures

Parents should plan to pick up their sons in the schoolyard. Please enter the yard via the Banks Street entrance and line up in the same manner as a normal school day dismissal. Parents may park outside of the campus and walk to the courtyard to pick up their sons; however, students will not be allowed to leave the courtyard to meet their ride outside of school grounds.

Please contact Peter Flores, the director of campus ministry, at with any questions.