Serra retreats are designed help Padres to develop their faith in a nurturing environment. Retreats are offered all four years. They offer a quiet space for reflection, introspection, prayer, friendship and spirituality.
The freshman retreat is held on the weekend before school starts. Incoming freshmen are welcomed by their Big Brothers and spend the day getting to know the campus and culture of Serra. They are introduced to what the brotherhood means and also go on a pilgrimage throughout campus. The theme of the retreat is Siempre Adelante, the motto of St. Junípero Serra. The retreat concludes with a welcome Mass for the freshmen and their parents, followed by dinner.
Sophomore Overnight Leadership Retreat:
This retreat is an overnight two-day retreat that includes an added emphasis on identifying and developing a young man’s leadership capacity and talents. Students concentrate on themes of leadership and what it means to be a servant leader. The retreats are held at Mt. Hermon Retreat Center in Santa Cruz County.
The Sophomore Day Long Retreat:
Brotherhood is the theme of this retreat as sophomores are asked to take stock of the beginning of their high school years. What expectations have been met and exceeded? What expectations have left them disappointed? The boys will asked to consider what they owe to the brotherhood and what kind of man they owe it to society to become.
Junior/Senior Kairos Retreat:
One of the most significant and influential experiences Padres can have at Serra is the Kairos retreat. Kairos, an optional retreat open to juniors and seniors, is held at Vallombrosa Retreat Center. It has a become a remarkable tradition, and our students often say that their time on Kairos was their best memory at Serra. Kairos gives Padres the space to explore how God is working in various areas of their lives. Space is limited and it is a first-come, first-served sign-up process.