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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. Each retreat has a theme: