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Service Retreats

Lourdes Student Retreat Center


In continuing our commitment to Catholic faith and service, Marquette and Lourdes Global Educational Services announced a partnership to open a student retreat center in downtown Chicago. St. Mary's of the Lake/Lourdes Student Retreat Center is in its second year of operation and allows students to develop spiritually while gaining priceless experiences that can only be acquired in a world-class urban setting. St. Mary's of the Lake/Lourdes Student Retreat Center is located at 4220 Sheridan Road and is within walking distance of Wrigley Field, Lake Michigan, and numerous other cultural offerings.

Directions

From Lake Shore Drive
Take the Irving Park Rd. exit going West
Turn right at Sheridan Rd.
Go two blocks to the stoplight at Buena Ave.
The Church will be on your left
The parking lot is one-half block north of the Church on your left

From Interstate 90/94
Take the Irving Park Rd. exit going East
Turn left at Sheridan Rd.

Go two blocks to the stoplight at Buena Ave.
The Church will be on your left
The parking lot is one-half block north of the Church on your left

 

Kairos

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 2018 is planned for November 1st - 4th. Kairos 2019 is also planned for the spring.

 

Service-Learning Retreats

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 Lourdes Student Retreat Center 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.

Tolerance/Diversity


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.