Retreats

WINTER WEATHER POLICY

If St. Mary's county schools are delayed the first day of the retreat, students will meet at the cafeteria when school is scheduled to open. If St. Mary's county schools are closed the first day of the retreat, the retreat will be cancelled and rescheduled. If other counties' schedules differ with St. Mary's, school policy for such situations will be followed and honored.

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Retreats are an essential part of the spiritual growth of an St. Mary's Ryken student. Annual spiritual retreats provide students with the opportunity to take time out and evaluate the faith aspects of their lives and to renew their sense of the centrality of God in all they do. Retreats are required for freshmen, sophomores and juniors and are offered to seniors. Seniors often say that retreat was the most memorable part of their St. Mary's Ryken experience.

Students are scheduled for a retreat date based on their advisory.

To become a retreat leader fill out the online form here.

Freshmen Retreats

The freshman class attends a day-long retreat at Camp Maria with the theme of “Know Yourself" and are introduced to the Xaverian values and spirituality.

August 25: Student last name “A” through “H”

 

August 28: Student last name “I” through “Z”

Parent letter and permission forms will be emailed to all freshmen parents soon.

 

Sophomore Retreats

The sophomore retreat is an overnight at Camp Maria in Leonardtown which focuses on “Myself & Others."

 

Students are scheduled for a retreat date based on their advisory.

 

September 14-15

October 16-17

October 19-20

November 6

November 13-14

Parent letter and permission forms will be emailed prior to start of school.

CONFLICTS: If an after school activity conflicts with the first date of the student's scheduled retreat contact Mr. Shea as soon as possible. Coaches are aware that players will miss a practice because of a retreat, but every effort is made to not have a player miss a game. Mr. Shea needs to be notified the beginning of the school year. Changes the day of the scheduled retreat will not happen. Changes are not guaranteed, but every effort to accommodate students is made.

 

 

Junior Retreats

Juniors attend an overnight retreat at Loyola Retreat House in Faulkner, Md., focusing on their “God-Given Gifts and Talents."

 

Students are scheduled for a retreat date based on their advisory.

 

February 1-2

February 12-13

February 26-27

March 5-6

March 21-22

 

 

The parent letter and permission forms will be emailed during the Fall semester.

CONFLICTS: If an after school activity conflicts with the first date of the student's scheduled retreat contact Mr. Shea as soon as possible. Coaches are aware that players will miss a practice because of a retreat, but every effort is made to not have a player miss a game. Mr. Shea needs to be notified prior to the Christmas break. Changes immediately prior to the scheduled retreat will not happen. Changes are not guaranteed, but every effort to accommodate students is made.

 

Senior Retreats

The senior retreat is an optional three-day, two-night retreat focused on “God's Friendship."

 

January 17-19

The parent letter and permission forms will be emailed during the Fall semester.

 

 

 

XBSS Stewards

The XBSS Stewards are a group of 20 seniors who act as a living witnesses to Christ in our school community. The stewards serve on behalf of our school and are called to keep the spirit and traditions of the Xaverian Brothers alive by spreading excitement about faith, service and our Catholic identity. The picture is of the XBSS Stewards at the Walk for Haiti event which they sponsored in October 2012.

Each year, St. Mary's Ryken chooses 20 juniors to become stewards. Are you interested in becoming a steward? Stop by Campus Ministry to learn more.

XBSS Steward application

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