Student class retreats are held for each grade level every year. Under the direction of the Campus Minister, retreats are developed and led by our students. These retreats are structured to build on faith and fellowship, along with our Xaverian values.
Sixth- and seventh-grade students participate in a mini retreat in the fall. Small and large group activities are led by our senior leaders.
Eighth-grade students participate in a one-day retreat in the spring, led by our senior leaders, offering a time of reflection before they transition into high school.
Ninth-grade students participate in a full day retreat in the fall led by our senior leaders. Freshman year is filled with transitions: for some a new school, for all, an adjustment to new teachers, classes, and friends. The Freshman Retreat is an opportunity to build community and learn about the Xaverian values that serve as our school's foundation.
10th-grade students participate in a one day retreat off site in the spring led by the XBSS leaders centered on the Xaverian values.
11th-grade students have a special opportunity to participate in an XBSS Leadership Retreat. As a Xaverian Brothers Sponsored School, we participate in this five-day retreat each year in March which provides our students an opportunity to develop and share their faith in leadership roles.
Six junior students are invited to attend and are chosen through an application process. They have fellowship with over 100 students representing all 13 United States Xaverian schools which are located in CT, MA, NY, MD and KY. One of our six senior XBSS leaders, who attended the previous year, is also chosen as our Senior Leader of Distinction to attend in a leadership role. New leaders are announced and recognized at the December Feast of Saint Francis Xavier Mass or Prayer Service.
Rising Seniors are invited to participate in Senior Leadership Institute, "SLI", a three-day/two-night retreat in August before the new school year starts. This is an exciting opportunity to become part of the student leadership team. Through this retreat, students participate in team building and leadership skill activities, grow in faith, and get prepared to bring their skills and talents back to our Saint Bernard community throughout their senior year. Students grow in knowledge of themselves, confidence, and their relationship with God during this meaningful retreat experience.