First Year Retreat

Join Us For First Year Retreat 2022!

Friday, Sept 16, 5pm - Sunday, Sept 18, 4pm in Running Springs

Campus Ministry invites new students and transfer students to the First Year Retreat (FYR).  FYR is a great opportunity to get off campus, make new friends, reflect on your first weeks on the bluff, and pray about your hopes and desires for college.  There will be talks, small groups, fun activities, time to explore nature, and much more.  All are welcome. 

 

If you're looking for a weekend to escape into the mountains with Campus Ministry and form meaningful friendships, FYR is for you! Many students and alumni have described the friends they’ve met on this retreat as the friends they’ve kept their entire college career and beyond. This is the perfect way for students to begin their LMU journey. We hope to see you there!

Register:  Click Here to Register for FYR! 
(deadline: 11:59pm on Sept 15, 2022)

Cost:  $75.00 - Scholarships are available!
(cash, check, flexi, or credit card) 

Click Here to Pay for FYR

Contact:  If you have any questions or would like any additional information, send us an email at firstyearretreat@lmu.edu or visit our office in Malone 210.  

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Why go?  

  • Get off campus, get away and explore the beauty of God’s creation
  • Make new friends and experience a welcoming community 
  • Have time to reflect and pray about your hopes and desires for college 
  • Meet student leaders, who truly care about you and want to support you in your college years at LMU
  • Find out what the Campus Ministry Community offers

 

What do we do on retreat?  

  • There will be talks, small group discussion, fun activities, reflection, prayer, and much more.    

 

Do I have to be Catholic to attend the FYR?

  • No.  FYR is designed for new students who come from all walks of life, all faith traditions, and anyone searching for meaning in their lives.  All undergraduate students are welcome to attend.   

 

How much does it cost? Any Scholarships? How can I pay? Are there refunds?

  • Fee is $75 (scholarships are available)
    • This fee includes lodging, meals, transportation, and recreation.  
  • Payment Methods: Cash, check, Flexi, or credit card 
  • Scholarship: If you need help, email us at firstyearretreat@lmu.edu.
  • Refunds:  In the case of emergencies or extenuating circumstances, you may cancel up to a week in advance.  If approved, you may receive a full credit applicable toward a future retreat. 

 

I’m a grad student, can I attend FYR?  

  • No. This retreat is for undergraduate students only. If you are looking for a retreat, contact Sr. Maria Lai, C.S.J. at maria.lai@lmu.edu, campus minister for graduate students.  

 

What time do we leave and go back on campus?

  • The bus will be leaving from LMU on Friday at 5pm and will return on Sunday around 4pm.  If you have a class conflict or concern, please contact Fr. Manh Tran at manh.tran@lmu.edu

 

I want to go on FYR but I'm concerned about COVID. Are there any health guidelines?

  • The Pali Mountain Retreat Center maintains comprehensive health and safety protocols and provides the following services on-site:
    • Pali Institute Iinfirmary (the Pali Institute shares the same property with Pali Retreat)
    • Rapid COVID-19 tests
    • Nurses available 24 hours
    • Dedicated wellness center
    • Isolation rooms for anyone showing questionable symptoms
    • Full PPE available

  • In addition, LMU’s Campus Ministry will require all students, staff, and faculty participants to take a COVID-19 test within 72-hours of departure and require all participants to test for COVID-19 upon their return to campus at the conclusion of the retreat. 

 

Whom should I contact if I have more questions?