Throughout the student's four years at Notre Dame there are a variety of retreats opportunities provided them culminating in our 4-day Kairos retreat for seniors.
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Monday, July 30 – Wednesday, August 1
This summer retreat provides rising juniors and seniors the opportunity to explore and nurture their personal faith while preparing them to be spiritual leaders for the Notre Dame community. Permission slips are available in the Campus Ministry office and in the "Student Download" section of the Resource Page.
One day each year is set aside for Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors to experience a day of reflection, prayer and discussion with their fellow classmates. The retreat days are peer led, examine themes such as faith journey, chastity and human dignity, and involve a variety of prayer and reflection activities.
Kairos is our senior retreat program which leads our seniors through an intense self-reflection on their lives, their relationships and choices. This retreat helps our students to connect with themselves, their classmates and their God in a special way which, we believe, is why over 90% of our senior class participate in this optional retreat each year.
Kairos Dates for 2017-18: October 27-30 December 1-4 January 12-15 February 23-26 March 16-19
This 4 day retreat provides faith-based service immersions, primarily in Trenton, NJ. Students are housed at the “Casa” which is a retreat center next to St. Ann’s school in Lawrenceville. During the day, students work at service sites with peers, faculty and the FaithJustice Center’s staff. In the evenings, students debrief, build community and engage in discussions about Catholic Social Teaching.
In September 2016, Notre Dame’s African American Club was re-established and met every Wednesday to talk about issues that were impacting their lives at Notre Dame, in their communities, and in our nation. The students set goals as they planned a Day of Retreat and Reflection with the theme, Knowing Yourself and Embracing Your Worth: Sharing Your Gifts and Your Cultural Heritage with Your School and Community. We were honored to have Dr. Dwayne Proctor, Chairperson of the Board of Governors of the N.A.A.C.P., as our keynote speaker. One of the most important goals was to become be a vital part of the full Notre Dame community.
In early September 2017, Ms. Ivins invited 12 members of the African American club to share their stories, reflections, and experiences before more than 100 faculty and staff. It was the beginning of an ongoing dialogue between students and faculty. Recognizing that members of the club included not only African Americans, but also students from Nigeria and other African countries, Puerto Rico, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Native Americans, the club was officially re-named the SHADES Club in February 2017 to reflect the diversity, cultures, and “shades” of all our club’s members.
An important activity of the SHADES Club is planning an annual vibrant liturgy during Black History month with music and prayers that celebrate the black worship experience for all Notre Dame students. The Club also organizes an annual day-long retreat in the spring with a prayer service, keynote speakers, and small group discussions. In the Fall, students also plan a major service project. In the Fall of 2018, the Shades Club organized the first Annual NDHoops for Hope with the support of the Celebrate Life Club and Notre Dame’s Service Class. More than $2,500 was raised for the people of Puerto Rico and Dominica who suffered the devastating effects of Hurricane Maria.
The SHADES Leadership Council meets every Tuesday during Activity Period and the SHADES Club meets every Wednesday. All students are welcome to become members!
Located on 100 beautiful acres in Central New Jersey, Notre Dame High School, founded in 1957, is a college preparatory school for grades 9 - 12, preparing young men and women for lives of purpose, built upon a foundation of Catholic faith, with a commitment to academics, co-curricular activities and service to others.