Retreats and Abroad Service Trips

Retreats & Abroad Service Trips

Senior Revive and Rekindle Retreat

August 29-31 | Permission Slips Due Before Summer Vacation

You will need: clothes, modest bathing suit, personal items, a Bible, and semi-formal attire for dinner on the second night of retreat.

No linens or sleeping bags are needed.

We will depart at 7:45 am and return on third day at Noon. They are allowed to go home once they return to school.

Retreat Permission Slip
Sandy Cove Retreat Conference Center
Sandy Cove Activity Waiver

The senior Vocare retreat, "Go Light Your World," deals with the theme of vocations​​​​​​​. Like Seek God always, Revive and Rekindle is a phrase we would like all of our students to know and associate with Pallotti.


The Seniors will spend  three days at Sandy Cove, exploring what it means to live a holy life, praying for God to help them discern how they will live their lives to glorify God.


Our life is to breathe God in and out.

To find God in everything.

to reveal God to all.

To radiate the presence of God.”   

 - St.Vincent Pallotti

Freshmen Circle of Friends Retreat


The freshman retreat, "Circle of Friends," addresses the idea that we are all a part of the family of God. The goal is for the freshmen to get to know one another and to recognize their place in the family of God.

Retreat Permission Slip

Sophomore Service Days


The sophomore retreat theme is "Circle of Friends in Action." Sophomores attend days of service at various area locations. The emphasis of this retreat is on the sacredness and dignity of all life created in the image and likeness of God.

Retreat Permission Slip

Junior Kairos Retreat


Kairos 64: November 29 - December 1 | Kairos 65: February 28 - March 1 | Kairos 66: March 25 - 27

The goal of the retreat is to reflect on life’s purpose and meaning. The experience provides students with time to reflect on what is most important to them and consider how they might work towards achieving their goals.

You will need: sleeping bag or sheets & blanket/pillow, extra blanket if it is cold, clothes for three days/two nights, toiletry items/towels, sweater or jacket or sweatshirt.


All school rules apply. Cell phone usage is not allowed. Parents will be responsible for picking up students who do not comply with all of the rules.

Retreat Information
Retreat Permission Slip
Kairos Assignment Roster

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Kairos 62 Recap
Kairos 63 Recap

Belize Immersion Trip - Laudato Si


In January of 2025, we will be taking a group of nine students to Belize to take part in a cultural and ecological immersion trip. This immersion trip is part research, part service, part reflection, and part fun. The trip will focus on the following:


  • Focus 1 will include an in-depth scientific study of the environment, ecosystems, and wildlife of Belize. This will be achieved by exploring various sites and by working with researchers active in Belize. Possible site visits will include the Tropical Education Center, Belize Zoo, Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, Community Baboon Sanctuary, Belize Organic Farms, and visits to the Coral Reef among others. Students should expect to learn about and participate in some of the work being done in environmental and habitat restoration.


  • Focus 2 will involve studying the papal encyclical Laudato Si: On Care For Our Common Home. This letter from Pope Francis calls on all people of goodwill to reflect upon and find creative solutions to the environmental challenges that we face today. Caring for, appreciating the beauty of, and loving the natural world are integral to the Catholic faith. Students will reflect upon the scriptural basis for caring for God’s creation, the human roots of our environmental challenges, and how to employ an integral ecology. Students will learn about the culture, ethnic groups, language, spirituality, food, and music of the people of Belize. Site visits include Pallotti High School in Belize City, St. Agnes Anglican School, Belmopan Market Plaza, Xunantunich Mayan Ruins, and Nohoch Che’en State Park. Catholic contemplative prayer practices will be taught and experienced throughout the trip. 


We are looking for students who…

  • Are interested in nature, marine biology, zoology, and/or environmental issues.
  • Are interested in developing an ecological spirituality which includes deepening one’s appreciation for God’s creation aka the natural world.
  • Love the outdoors, hiking, snorkeling, and cave tubing. 
  • Are interested in serving and building relationships with students at Pallotti High School in Belize City. 


APPLYING FOR THE TRIP

If you would like to apply for the Belize Immersion Trip, please complete the application linked below and return to Mr. Bayly by April 15. Space is limited to 9 students. Once accepted into the program, your spot will be reserved for 14 days. A $500 deposit will be required to hold your reservation. Full amount is due by December 15th.


  • Application for Belize Immersion Trip: (available March 1)


Students should expect to meet several times during the fall to discuss Laudato Si and what to expect on the trip. Accepted students are encouraged to read Laudato Si and to watch the Laudato Si documentary linked below.

Retreat Permission Slip
Minor Consent to Travel Form
Laudato Si Documentary
Laudato Si: On Care For Our Common Home
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Emergency Contact:

Nancy Vawter

Campus Minister

nvawter@arkhouseproductions.com

301-706-8113

Bill Bayly

Social Studies Department Head; Belize Trip Coordinator

bbayly@arkhouseproductions.com

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