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!

Thursday- Friday, April 6-7, 2022.  Registration will start around Senior Orientation day in August 2021. Keep an eye on the calendar.

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.  Retreat is generally held at San Damiano Retreat Center in Danville, 8:30a.m. – 5:30p.m.

Kairos retreats registration will be offered to students through a lottery rather than a first come first serve registration process. Sign ups for the lottery will be open for a two week period. From the pool of students in the lottery, names will be randomly selected and placed on retreat. Those who are not placed on a retreat will automatically be placed on a waiting list.

  • Senior Kairos 37: Wednesday- Friday, September 29-Oct 1, 2021. Lottery is closed.
  • Senior Kairos 38: Wednesday- Friday, November 10-12, 2021. Lottery is closed.
  • Junior Kairos 39: Wednesday- Friday, February 23-25, 2022. Lottery sign up starts around Junior Orientation day in August, 2021.
  • Junior Kairos 40: Wednesday- Friday, March 23-25th, 2022.Lottery sign up starts around Junior Orientation day in August, 2021.

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 (when not online) to form new friendships, reflect on your life and God, and maybe even discover your inner superhero.

Sophomore Retreat #1: Thursday-Friday, January 13-14, 2022
Sophomore Retreat #2: Thursday-Friday, January 20-21, 2022

Registration starts around Sophomore Orientation day in August, 2021. Keep an eye on the calendar.

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. 

Wednesday, October 13, 2021. No sign-up is needed – all freshman students attend.

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.

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.

If you have any questions, please contact Karen Yavorsky at