IWA’s retreat program is designed to build community within each classification while providing the personal space for prayer and reflection. Peer ministry is a guiding pillar of IWA’s retreat program with upperclassmen involved in the preparation and planning of each retreat, selecting themes important to formation in the Christian life.
Check back for permission slips and packing lists as retreat dates approach. Attendance at Class Retreats is a graduation requirement for all IWA students. (See 2016-2017 Handbook) If a student is absent from a retreat, she is required to make up that retreat after pre-approval from the Campus Minister.
September 23, 2016
8am-3:25pm | Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart
Orientation and community are the two main pillars of the Freshman retreat. This half day retreat begins with a pilgrimage to the Co-Cathedral of the sacred heart where students participate in activities that unite the class, focusing on building positive relationships and cultivating sisterhood. Following the closing Liturgy, the girls attend lunch together at a local downtown venue to get more acquainted with their new locale. This retreat is facilitated by students on Campus Ministry Team.
February 17, 2017
8am-3:25pm | Cameron Retreat Center
This one day retreat provides an opportunity for Sophomore students to press pause and take a break from school and other activities. Activities, talks, and small group sharing provide students the opportunity to reflect on their commitments and relationships while continuing to foster a life of prayer. This retreat is facilitated by students on Campus Ministry Team.
November 3-4, 2016
1 Night Overnight | Christian Renewal Center
Beginning Thursday morning and ending Friday afternoon, this retreat offers students an opportunity to develop a deeper relationship with Jesus the Incarnate Word. Through witness talks, personal reflection, Eucharistic Adoration and group reflection, this retreat encourages students to actively live a life of faith. At the heart of this retreat is a deep experience of Reconciliation in which students are given the opportunity to find seek mercy in the Sacrament of Confession. This retreat is facilitated by Senior Students on Campus Ministry Team.
March 29-31, 2017
2 Night Overnight | Carolina Creek Christian Camp
As a capstone to the Retreat program and their time at IWA, the Senior retreat is a final bonding experience for the Senior Class. Throughout this retreat, the students are given opportunities to reflect on their IWA experience, strengthen old friendships and discuss future endeavors. Done in the light of Christ, this retreat brings the class together and spiritually prepares students for the next step as Women of the Word. This retreat is directed by the Campus Minister with facilitation support from IWA Faculty members.
School Overnight Retreat
April 22-23, 2016
1 Night Overnight | Incarnate Word Academy
Partnership with Adore Ministries Houston
IWA partners with local area Catholic Ministries to offer a yearly optional overnight lock in retreat on campus. This retreat available for all classifications and serves as an extra opportunity for those students wishing to deepen their encounter with Jesus the Incarnate Word. Past partnerships have been with NET Ministries and SMYRT at Texas A&M.
Mother Daughter Retreat
February 13, 2016
9am-Noon | Incarnate Word Academy
Partnership with Hopeful Hearts Ministry
Campus Ministry offers a Mother Daughter Retreat to encourage dialogue and prayer among students and their parents. Check back for registration information.
“O God, enthrone Yourself in my heart and do not ever leave it.”Mother Jeanne de Matel