For over 50 years retreats have been a part of the Assumption education and a tradition in the lives of our students. Assumption is the only school in Louisville that has a four-year overnight retreat program. While on retreat at the Mount Saint Francis Retreat Center in southern Indiana, students hear meaningful talks by student and faculty leaders, have time to personally reflect on their lives, and participate in small- and large-group activities, as well as prayer services centered on their relationship with God. Many seniors are given the opportunity to develop leadership skills on freshman and sophomore retreats as small group leaders and presenters. The following are the retreat themes:
- Freshmen: "I Am Real" - to discover a greater sense of self
- Sophomore: "Let the Music Play On" - to maintain a sense of self in relationships with others
- Junior: "Listen with Your Heart" - to respect the sense of self in others
- Senior: "The Rose" - (Senior Christian Awakening) to answer the call inherent in being a child of God, created in love and free to choose to live in love
Close to 100 seniors develop leadership skills on freshman and sophomore retreats as small group leaders and presenters. Alumnae return to lead junior and senior retreats. Over 50 Assumption faculty and staff willingly answer the call to lead retreat each year. Parish priests are also invited to be part of the senior retreat for sacramental experiences.
Any student who is unable to pay the retreat fee should contact Judy Ribar, retreat director, or Gloria Thornburg, campus minister, about financial assistance. Payment plans and scholarships are available.