We've taken into account the students retreat survey from December 2010, and have decided to postpone a discernment retreat until Fall 2011. In short, the upperclassmen were not as interested in an SMU retreat as the 1st year folks, and because Th 209 had to be canceled for this semester, we will be offering it in the Fall...along with a retreat option for students who are interested in growing their discernment of vocation and "trying out" lay ecclesial ministry.
In the meantime, if you want to do a retreat this semester off campus, here are some options:
- a silent Ignatian retreat at Broom Tree Retreat Center in South Dakota (about 5 1/2 hr drive)
- a silent Ignatian retreat at Creighton University's Retreat Center in SW Iowa (again, about a 5 hr drive)
- a directed retreat at Villa Maria Retreat Center in Frontenac, MN (about 1 hr away)
- a directed retreat at the Franciscan Spirituality Center in LaCrosse, WI (about 40 minutes away)
Of course, there are other options out there as well!
These retreat centers are rather different from each other, and you may want to do some research before making a reservation and hitting the road.
Also, if students are interested in spiritual direction, Dr. WD and Lynn Streefland in OCM each have a list of directors in the Winona area to contact.