Schedule of Retreats

Retreat dates vary yearly, but the basic schedule is below.
(See main O’Dowd school calendar for actual dates)

Fall Junior Kairos        –   late September or early October
Freshman Retreat        –   2nd week of October
Winter Junior Kairos   –   mid-November
Senior Retreat              –   late January
Sophomore Retreat     –   mid-February (FULL)
Spring Junior Kairos   –   late March or early April


(Seniors serve as retreat leaders)




Senior Retreat

Who are you becoming?  What is your calling?

Vocation – it’s not about what to study in college or what job do I want to have.  It’s about discovering my gifts and talents and what they tell me about my life purpose.

Step away with friends from your busy senior year to reflect on where you have been, where you are, and what’s ahead on your life journey. Past seniors returned feeling more peaceful and confident about their future – both the end of senior year, college, and beyond!

There is only ONE Senior Retreat and spots are limited.  Total charge is $100. A $50 deposit (non-refundable) holds your spot.

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Junior Kairos Retreat

Kairos is the Greek word for a “quality of time” as opposed to chronos which is clock time.
This is the core retreat at O’Dowd – a three-day, two-night experience where students are guided through reflection on their lives, given time to connect with others, and explore more deeply their relationships with family, friends, and God. Spots fill up quickly so sign up early! The cost is $200 and $50 deposit reserves your spot.  Retreat is held at San Damiano Retreat Center in Danville.

Junior Retreat “Kairos” dates  (note: it is traditional for Kairos retreats to be numbered from the first Kairos at a school):

K29: Wednesday – Friday,  September 20-22, 2017
K30: Monday – Wednesday,  November 27-29, 2017
K31: Wednesday – Friday,  April 25-27, 2018

All Kairos retreats for 2017-18 are now full, though there is a good chance students will be added from the waiting list.

If you would like to be put on a waiting list for K30 (November 27-29, 2017) or K31 (April 25-27, 2018), please contact Mr. Downs in 21 Dominican or email him at

Sophomore Overnight Retreat

Who is your favorite superhero? What does the superhero story have to do with your story? Come find out on this relaxing, inspiring – even super – retreat. Two days away to form new friendships, reflect on your life and God, and maybe even discover your inner superhero.

There is only one Sophomore Retreat and space is full.


Freshmen Retreat

Freshman Retreat is an opportunity for freshmen to connect with their peers as they begin their time at O’Dowd and reflect on their relationships with God, self, and others.  The entire freshman class gathers for this one-day retreat on National Testing Day (when sophomores and juniors take exams).  The Senior Retreat Team gives talks and leads small group discussions and activities.  The retreat is held on the O’Dowd campus and runs from 8:30am to 3:00pm. No sign-up is needed – all freshman students attend.
Freshman Retreat: Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

Retreat Leadership

Seniors are the primary leaders for all student retreats (except the Senior Retreat which is led by adults.)

Any senior may lead the Freshman Retreat in October if they attend the two required training nights. (see school calendar for “Retreat Team Training” events, typically in September.)

The Sophomore Retreat is typically led by senior CMT members, though is open to other leadership participation.

Any senior who previously experienced the Kairos Retreat may apply to be a Kairos leader. Application process typically happens in May, after the last Kairos of the year. Seniors are needed for multiple leadership roles including Rector (main student leader), Assistant Rector, Small Group Leader, and Home Team who support and build the connection between the school and parent community, and retreatants.

Contact the Retreat Coordinator, Mr. Michael Downs for more information.