Catholic School Retreats began in 2018 and since then has worked with over 2,000 young people across Ireland.
Retreat and reflection days form part of the distinctive character of Catholic schools. They recognise the individuality and dignity of each student by fostering their unique potential and spirituality. These occasions are a call for deep reflection where prayer, liturgy and scripture are at the centre of the experience.
Catholic School Retreats offers a programme of retreat and reflection days to all schools across Ireland to enrich the lives of our young people. Our aim is to honour the development of the whole person: physical, intellectual, emotional, aesthetic, psychological and spiritual.. This societal goal and Catholic principle is served uniquely through retreat and reflection opportunities for the formation of students.
The retreat programs and reflection days provide an inimitable opportunity for exploration of the students’ personal and diverse faith. The experiences enable students to understand each other in a new light and experience closeness to God based on personal encounters with the person of Jesus. By placing the overall educational endeavour in this context, it recognises a fundamental principle which underpins Catholic education: “children’s flourishing is an expression of God’s grace.” (McEvoy, J. 2015, p.9 Children Close to the Mystery of God.)
The Catholic School Retreats team is comprised of a team of dynamic Children’s and Youth Ministry workers, who are all trained professionals working in the line of ministry. The team is led by our Director Ms. Claire Devaney (BA.Th, MA.Cs, MA.Th, P.D.E). Claire has been involved in Children’s and Youth Ministry for the past 12 years, and has also s taught in both primary and secondary schools. She has been involved in school based development for the past 6 years and is a qualified teacher. She has also worked as the Co-ordinator for Children’s Ministry for the World Meeting of Families (Dublin, 2018).
Please contact our team to make an enquiry or to explore new ideas and initiatives that will best meet the needs of your School/Parish/Community.
You can also see our brochure here.