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Retreats During Fall 2020 -- Changes due to COVID-19

Retreats for this semester will be taking place in a virtual/hybrid format until further notice. We will be offering First Year Retreat, A Weekend with the Spiritual Exercises Retreat and Search Retreat. Other programs are in the works as we transition to the online format. Registration for retreats will be available shortly. Please see Morning Mail Announcements for updates. 

If you have questions, please email Ben Goodwin at

Our retreat programs are designed to offer an immersive experience away from campus to explore faith, engage questions of life, and build community. These are designed to be experiences away from campus to rest, renew, recharge, and have an encounter with the divine while having fun with friends in an exciting and enlivened community.

*Mission and Ministry wants to ensure cost does not keep a student from attending a retreat. If a financial need exists, please contact Terry Randles at or stop by the Office of Mission and Ministry in the Hemmingson Center.

Sign up for First Year Retreat Here 

Sign up for A Weekend with the Spiritual Exercises 

September 26-27, 2020

November 7-8, 2020

January 29-31, 2021

First Year Retreat gives students space to explore their spirituality, experience a unique, joyful community, and make friendships that you can bring back to campus. First Year Retreat is designed to meet students where they are on their faith journey by providing three tracks to choose from:

  • Exploring your Catholic faith in college
  • Finding depth with Jesus
  • Why does God matter, particularly within the Christian tradition (this will help students who identify as spiritual and not religious understand Gonzaga’s faith tradition)

First Year Retreat is a weekend of fun, inspiration and friendship. ALL ARE WELCOME. This retreat is a great “FIRST experience” or if you are trying to go deeper in your faith.

Questions? Please contact Janeen Steer at

April 9-11, 2021 

What does it mean to be a “man” in the 21st century? Our media, culture, and experience tell us vastly different and often conflicting answers. Perhaps our Christian tradition can pinpoint definite and discernible male qualities in the incarnate person of Jesus Christ. Men’s Ministry, emboldened by our Jesuit, Catholic, and humanistic heritage and identity, challenges the current notions of manhood and calls men to a holistic embrace of authentic identity.  Men’s Ministry is done through retreats, events, leadership training panels, prayer groups, discussion groups, book groups, activism, social justice, spiritual development, and community building and engagement.

Questions? Please contact Ben Goodwin at

November 13-15, 2020

February 26-28, 2021

The Montserrat Contemplative Retreat is based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola. It begins with the belief that God eagerly desires to speak a word of wisdom, peace, consolation, hope, and love to us. Through talks, 1-on-1 meetings with a spiritual director, and quiet prayer times in a tranquil environment, the retreat helps us hear and recognize the voice of God in our busy lives.

Questions? Please contact Erik Mertens at

September 19, 2020

Join Gonzaga’s Pilgrims – faculty, staff, students, alums and friends – on an 11-mile or 6-mile walk, rafting trip, or bike ride through beautiful North Idaho, ending at the historic Mission of the Sacred Heart in Cataldo, Idaho. This “retreat on your feet” offers plenty of time for companionship, personal reflection, and recalling Gonzaga’s Jesuit heritage of faith and justice. Once at the Mission, Pilgrims will join members of the Coeur d’Alene tribe and Jesuits for a catered lunch, followed by an outdoor Mass.

 Questions? Please contact Luke Lavin at


November 20-22, 2020

February 5-7, 2021

March 26-28, 2021

Search is a weekend retreat founded on the extravagant love of God.  It welcomes all sophomore through senior students to explore Jesus’ love in a community context.  The weekend is driven by a series of talks where student leaders share their stories, and retreatants are given space to reflect and share their own perspectives.

Registration for the fall retreats will open on August 17, 2020.

Registration for the spring retreats will open on October 15, 2020.

Questions? Please contact Ben Goodwin at

October 23-24, 2020 

Have you ever wondered about the roots of the Sabbath (Hebrew: Shabbat)? 

It's great to learn about the gift of Shabbat, but is way better to experience it first hand through music, meditation, long walks around Bozarth Mansion and of course by hanging out with friends and building Zag community. Bring your hobby, a craft or a book (fun or assigned) for downtime.  Enjoy festive Shabbat meals with new friends and old ones, and come away with a deeper sense of the Jewish sabbath.

All are welcome regardless of religious background or ability to pay.


April 9-11, 2021

Be Encouraged, Empowered and Refreshed. This is a weekend of laughter, rest, quiet, prayer and good food. It’s about low stress, and deep peace. Your time is precious. Your energy is valued. Your voice matters. Bottom line: we know how much is asked of you and we’re not interested in what you can do.  We simply want to be with you.

Questions? Please contact Janeen Steer at

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