Urban Immersion Retreat

Are you interested in making a difference and changing the world?

The Urban Immersion Retreat is a 2-day retreat and immersion experience for Saint Viator and Cristo Rey Saint Martin students. The purpose of the retreat is to bring together students in order to:

  • discuss and reflect on individual discrimination and systemic oppression in light of immigration and poverty.
  • discuss and reflect on a Christian faith response to discrimination, oppression and poverty
  • promote a deeper respect, understanding and appreciation for people different from ourselves
  • includes group discussions, activities, service, games, prayer and talks where teens and adults share their lives.


A Unique Educational Experience

Retreat begins Friday, March 17th at 6:00 am leaving Saint Viator and driving to Broadview detention center to pray for immigrants who are being deported.

Retreat ends Saturday, March 18th at 4:00 pm. Returning to Saint Viator by 4:45 pm.

Activities include:

  • Learning about U.S. Immigration policy and current events
  • Visiting Citizenship & English language classes at the Fr. Graf Immigration Center
  • Early morning trip to Broadview Detention Facility & prayer vigil
  • Learn about the roots of immigration and reasons for immigration today
  • Learn about and reflect on Catholic social teaching
  • Volunteer at Holy Family soup kitchen & clothing closet
  • Small group faith sharing & reflection on experience
  • Prayer
  • Journaling
  • Shared meals with students cooking
  • Icebreakers, games & recreation time

All activities are with students from Cristo Rey in order to meet with young people from another Viatorian institution.

The retreat experience will be facilitated, supervised and chaperoned by staff from CRSM,SVHS and Pope Francis staff.

Students will sleep on the floor at the Pope Francis Ministry Center: boys in one room,girls in another.

All meals are included.
If interested, please fill out the attached application and turn it into the Campus Ministry office no later than Friday, March 3rd. Saint Viator will select 10-12 students.

Questions? Please contact Mrs. Nancy Devroy


Pope Francis Ministry Center (8th and Lincoln, Waukegan, IL)


March 17-18, 2017




10-12 students
Retreat Flyer

Questions? Contact:

Mrs. Nancy Devroy, ext. 267