- Freshman Retreat Opportunities
- Sophomore Solidarity Retreat
- SEARCH Retreats
- Senior Retreat
- Senior Capstone Retreat
- Retreat Leader Application Forms
Two incredible retreat experiences are offered to Freshman.
1. Freshman Orientation with Link Crew
The first is with LINK Crew. In late August, the new students of Kennedy Catholic participate in a special welcome day. The upperclassmen help new students get to know each other and learn the traditions and customs of Kennedy Catholic High School, and experience the "family atmosphere" of which we are so proud. Throughout the year, Freshmen can expect to do monthly activities with their LINK Crew leaders. Ms. Caroline Cacabelos and Ms. Tina Petrusha are the directors of this retreat day.
2. Freshman Retreat
Freshman Retreat is all about building community among the Freshman class and allowing students to feel more connected to God, each other, and themselves. Freshman Retreat occurs in February and is rooted in Kennedy Catholic High School’s mission to “Graduate Leaders Following Christ in a school community that is accessible, diverse, and committed to pursuing the fullest potential of every student.” Because we feel strongly that this Freshmen Retreat touches on our mission to build students’ relationships with Jesus Christ through prayer, community, formation, and service, all freshmen students (of all faiths) are required to participate in the Freshman Retreat. This unique community event involves every single faculty and staff member, over 60 student leaders, and the entire Freshman class. It is one of the best things we do! Contact Ms. Cacabelos for more information.
The 2020 Sophomore Solidarity retreat will be hybrid this year! Campus Ministry is excited to share the following important details:
Retreat Format | Hybrid
This year's retreat will be held in hybrid model!
- Online via Zoom from 2-5pm (the link was sent to registered students on Thursday, November 5, 2020 via their Kennedy Catholic emails)
- In-person starting at 6:30pm at the Gym
- Students with last names beginning with letters A-N will arrive at the gym between 6:30-6:45pm.
- Students with last names beginning with letters O-Z will arrive at the gym between 6:45-7pm.
- Students opting out of the in-person component are invited to watch the livestream.
Service | "Pack the Bus!"
Let's pack the bus and stand in solidarity with our community!
- In support of our partner service agency, we invite students to help "pack the bus" with donations for Catholic Community Services of Western Washington's Thea Bowman Apartments.
- We are collecting:
- new pillows
- bath towels
- cleaning supplies
- laundry baskets
- frying and sauce pans
- cleaning supplies
- other household items
Who to Contact With Questions
Campus Ministry hosts three SEARCH retreats each year: late October, mid-December, and mid-March; Thursday through Saturday. These retreats are open to all Juniors and Seniors. SEARCH is THE Kennedy Catholic Experience. It is an exploration of self, community, and faith. It is a retreat and so much more. Over 95% of our graduates attend this retreat, with many returning on later SEARCH retreats as leaders. SEARCH has impacted thousands of students in it’s 40+ years (that’s 120+ SEARCH Retreats!) and continues to positively impact the spiritual lives of our students.
LOCATION: Lakeview Christian Camp and Conference Center
SEARCH RETREAT SIGN-UPS
SEARCH sign-ups for Juniors and Seniors goes live Friday, September 10. Notification and a link to the registration form will be sent out in eNews, through Canvas, and via email. For the current academic year (2021-22) Fall SEARCH is reserved for Seniors only, with the Winter and Spring SEARCH retreats open to both Juniors and Seniors. Space is limited, so early registration is recommended. Registration closes Monday, September 20. The cost for this retreat is $160. We want everyone to be a part of this amazing experience, so if you need financial assistance see Ms. Farrell. Contact Ms. Durbin or Ms. Farrell with questions.
SEARCH APPLICATION PROCESS:
STEP 1: Applications are now closed. SEARCH confirmations will be emailed to students' email addresses, and a list will be posted outside Campus Ministry on Wednesday, September 22. Once you know the retreat you are attending, confirm your spot by following Step 2.
STEP 2: Once you have been accepted into SEARCH, you will be sent an email with a payment link and a link to a parental consent form that must be filled out in order to attend. Failure to turn in the form in a timely manner will result in your spot being given to a person on the wait-list.
Below is the payment link for any of the 2021-2022 SEARCH retreats. Please remember to add your student's name in the description box, otherwise the student may not receive credit for the payment.
This popular 12-hour retreat is held at the University of Washington's Newman Center. Students are led through a day long reflection on their life thus far and look to the future of where they are headed in terms of their faith, community, and values. Multiple faculty members help coordinate this retreat. Both Campus Ministry and the Senior Class Officers help create the theme and activities for this memorable retreat. Contact our Director of Campus Ministry, Jenny Farrell, for more information.
Senior Capstone Retreat: this retreat is for students who desire a personal retreat as they anticipate transitioning from high school to college. This retreat will offer time for personal and communal prayer around the topics of discernment and God's call to be women and men for others. Contact Aires Patulot in Campus Ministry for more information.
Kennedy Catholic’s Campus Ministry has a comprehensive retreat program that strives to provide opportunities for our students to experience Christ through community, service to others, prayer and reflection, and personal growth. Peer retreat leadership is an aspect of all our retreats as we strive to graduate faithful leaders who follow Christ and feel called to help others become better disciples.
Leadership qualities that we seek:
- Well-rounded, inclusive, & authentic
- Aware of imperfections, but strive to live a life of holiness
- Open to growth and willing to be challenged
- Willing to reflect and share with others
- Passionate about helping others grow individually, in community, and in faith
- Look at your family commitments, school work load, sports, activities, and schedule before discerning which retreat you feel called to.
- Please note that you will be missing a day of school as a leader for any of our retreats in the fall.
- You must maintain a 2.5 GPA and be in good standing with the Campus Life Office.