In an effort to strengthen the spiritual formation of students, Pius XI introduced the Kairos model of retreats to the school in February of 2011 – and it has been met with phenomenal success.
Open to seniors and second-semester juniors, this voluntary retreat typically attracts more than half of the Senior class!
What makes Kairos so popular?
Kairos, based upon the Cursillo Movement from Spain, is largely a student-led retreat. With carefully prepared witness talks and the creation of an emotionally safe space, students build community through sharing their deepest hopes and worries.
The goal is for retreatants to…
- Experience the compassion of Christ,
- Come to embrace Christ’s posture towards the world, and
- Leave inspired to share the hope of Christ wherever they are.
The Kairos retreat is a major element in developing Christian student leadership within the school. Kairos alums are counted on to take a variety of leadership roles in the school.
What happens on retreat?
Kairos is based upon present moment experiences. To honor this intention, the retreat team gives various talks on important themes. Each talk is then followed by an opportunity to reflect on the material in a small group setting, or in an “open podium” forum.
Each day begins and ends in common prayer. Participants celebrate the Eucharist together and also have the opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Retreatants are also encouraged to spend significant time in private prayer and reflection.
Where is the retreat held and how long does it last?
The Pius XI Kairos retreats are held at the Redemptorist Retreat House in Oconomowoc – about 30 miles northwest of school. The retreat begins on Wednesday evening and runs through early Friday evening.
Retreat dates for the 2016-2017 school term:
- October 29-31, 2016
- February 1-3, 2017
- April 26-28, 2017
Second semester Juniors and Seniors will sign up for their chosen retreat time during summer book pickup; cost of the retreat is $150. After students submit information and payment, they must complete the Kairos Retreat Application Form.