A Kairos retreat is a multi-day spiritual awakening activity. The purpose of the retreat is to help the participants contemplate their relationship with God, discover their own identity and build stronger bonds with their peers.
Kairos (καιρός) is an ancient Greek word meaning the right or opportune moment (the supreme moment). The ancient Greeks had two words for time, chronos and kairos. While the former refers to chronological or sequential time, the latter signifies a time-lapse, a moment of indeterminate time in which everything happens.
Marquette holds Kairos off campus and those who participate are juniors and seniors. Kairos retreats take place in both the fall and spring.
Students also have the opportunity to put theory into practice during our three-day service retreats. Our service-learning retreat goals are five-pronged:
- reflect on how the Eucharist calls us
- engage in concrete acts of service which are interactive
- develop a deeper understanding of issues faced by persons who are vulnerable
- engage in analysis to understand the "root causes" of problems and issues in light of our Catholic faith
- prayerfully identify actions to take in response
Students spend several hours engaging in hands-on community service near Marquette Retreat & International House in between prayer, reflection, and guest speakers. The spiritual trip concludes with a Mass service before returning to campus to instill in their peers the power of Jesus Christ.
Students not attending Kairos partake in experiences that concern tolerance and diversity. They visit the Holocaust Museum in Skokie and the following day reflect together, as a group, on the feelings that exhibit conjured. Students also visit The Shrine of Christ's Passion and the Food Bank of Northern Indiana.