Retreats provide sacred time for stepping away from the busy pace of students’ daily lives to reflect on God’s presence with them in all things. Retreats also give students the opportunity to build a strong sense of community and belonging among classmates. Magnificat’s retreat program meets the spiritual and personal needs of our students as they grow and mature during their time in high school by offering a variety of retreat formats.
Beyond the required retreats, there are several additional retreat opportunities open to all grade levels. These offerings include daylong Advent and Lent Retreats, a father / daughter evening of reflection, a mother / daughter evening of reflection and a daylong retreat at the Villa for Seniors.
As a class, the freshmen travel to Villa Maria, Pennsylvania to spend the day at the Community Center of the Sisters of the Humility of Mary, founders and sponsors of Magnificat High School. This "Heritage Day" provides the freshmen with an opportunity to learn about the history and identity of the school and the Sisters of the Humility of Mary, while building community and friendship among classmates.
Students spend a day of reflection and prayer together off-campus, contemplating the call to serve articulated in the Gospel and Catholic Social Teaching. Students have the opportunity to reflect upon their Sophomore Service experience and deepen their commitment to be young women who “serve in the spirit of Mary’s Magnificat.”
Junior and Senior Years
During junior and senior year, students choose from a variety of smaller, more personal retreats. Students are required to make one Magnificat sponsored retreat in either their junior or senior year and are invited to make one retreat each semester if they so choose.
Held at the Villa, this retreat affords students the opportunity to spend three days in and around Youngstown, Ohio participating in a variety of service projects, including building with Habitat for Humanity, serving meals at the Catholic Worker and working on the Villa’s organic farm. Students learn about the realities of poverty and injustice in the area and reflect on the face of Christ as experienced in the poor and marginalized.
Summer Immersion Retreats
In the second semester of their junior year, students are invited to apply to participate in a summer immersion retreat. This past summer, Magnificat offered immersion experiences to Cleveland, Ohio, the U.S. / Mexico Border, and Guayaquil, Ecuador. These retreats challenge students to immerse themselves in the complexities of injustice and poverty and to recognize God's presence in the midst of such realities, both in the people they meet and in one another. The summer immersion retreats involve a commitment for student participants that begins upon their selection and continues through the following summer and their senior year. Ongoing processing and reflection are a critical part of the immersion retreat as students strive to integrate their experience into their daily lives in meaningful and lasting ways.