The junior retreat coincides and complements the Holy Cross Social Justice Seminar course. Besides taking the course, each junior also will experience a retreat (We offer a total of 8 retreats throughout the year). On retreat, juniors are invited to consider a different definition of Church: one in which it is not only a place of worship but also one of refuge, peace, and respite from the streets.

Juniors take to the streets for an overnight immersion at one of the largest churches in San Francisco — St. Mary’s Cathedral — and serving in one of San Francisco’s greatest areas of need, the Tenderloin. This junior retreat experience takes them a step further into the heart of the city, to live two days in simplicity…simple food, simple living.

They hear stories and live music, serve kids and adults and become church for others as we walk with the individuals we serve. This retreat is a challenge to hearts and minds to take knowledge from the classroom and apply it to the complex realities that create poverty and homelessness… developing a deeper understanding of life through service and contemplation.

If you would like to chaperone one of the Social Justice Retreats, please feel free to see our availability at Social Justice Retreat Opportunities.