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Student Life and Ministry provides a variety of opportunities for retreats and days of reflection. This can be a time to experience God’s love more intimately, to reflect on God's presence in all things, and to connect with other students who are interested in exploring their faith.

Open to all first year students!

When: September 19, 2020
Cost: $20, fee waivers available
Register by September 11, 2020

Don't miss this opportunity to get off campus, connect meaningfully with other first year students, and reflect on where you are as you begin life at Loyola. This day-long retreat includes talks from upper class students, a chance to look more deeply into how our Jesuit values relate to your life, and a whole lot of fun!

Register today!

Open to all undergraduate students

When: October 23-25, 2020
Cost: $40, fee waivers available
Register by: October 15, 2020

The Awakening Retreat encourages students to experience the love of God through community. It's a great way to connect with other students and explore your spirituality.

Click the video below to learn more about Awakening:

Awakening at Loyola University New Orleans from Loyola University on Vimeo.

Register now for the Awakening Retreat

Awakening FAQs:

What do you do on Awakening? Awakening is a time to get away and reflect on some of the bigger life questions. The weekend includes talks given by students, small group discussions, time to connect deeply with new friends, and eat some great home-cooked food.

How Catholic is the retreat? Can I go if I'm not Catholic? While the retreat comes from a Jesuit, Catholic perspective and uses God language, you absolutely do not need to be Catholic to attend. Our community is made up of students from a wide variety of faith and non-faith backgrounds. All we ask is that when you hear the word God, you make your own connections to what you believe (God, The Universe, a general sense of spirituality, etc.). 

Will there be Mass? We do have Mass during the retreat, and while we do ask that everyone attend, you can choose to participate at whatever level you feel comfortable -- including not participating at all and simply observing.

Will I be camping? The retreat is at a group camp in Fontainebleau State Park in Mandeville, LA. Our facility has AC/Heat and hot showers. If you like the outdoors, there's time to explore some of the park and enjoy nature. But that only has to be a part of the experience if you want it to be. 

How much does it cost? The registration fee is $40 and covers all your food and lodging for the weekend. Please know, though, that fee waivers are available to anyone who needs them. Contact Laura Alexander at to arrange a fee waiver.

Open to all sophomores and juniors!

When: January 23, 2021

Cost: $10, fee waivers available

Register by January 15, 2021

Contact Laura Alexander to be notified when registration opens.

This day-long retreat is offered in collaboration with the Career Development Center. The day combines Ignatian spirituality and discernment  (who am I, how am I gifted, and how can I use these gifts in service to the world) with career development tools to help you reflect on your post-Loyola plans in an energizing and practical way. 

Open to all seniors!

When: January 31, 2021
Cost: $10, fee waivers available
Register by January 22, 2021

The senior retreat is an opportunity for seniors to reflect on their time at Loyola, share the excitement and anxiety that comes with being a second-semester senior, and begin to look ahead to post college life with the help of some recent alums.

 Register Today

Join the Loyola University New Orleans community in an online retreat experience this Lent. Faculty, staff, students, and alumni will share personal reflections on the daily scriptures. Reflections are emailed each morning throughout Lent and include questions to help you reflect on how the scriptures and topics relate to your life.

Subscribe here to join us in prayer this Lent.   

What is the 18th Annotation?

This 18th Annotation Retreat is an introductory experience to the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola. The Spiritual Exercises are a collection of prayers and meditations that St. Ignatius created to help people deepen their relationship with God. While the Spiritual Exercises were originally offered as a 30 day silent retreat, St. Ignatius adapted them in what he called "The 18th Annotation" to provide a way for people to encounter these Spiritual Exercises in their daily lives, without making the month-long silent retreat.

What is this retreat like?

The main component of this introductory 18th Annotation is daily, individual prayer with provided meditations from the Spiritual Exercises. The retreat also includes optional opportunities for individual spiritual direction. 


This retreat takes place during Lent. To register, please complete the registration form. Note that you must be signed in to your Loyola Gmail account in order to submit the form. Contact Ken Weber with questions or concerns.

Contact Laura Alexander at with questions, or if you are interested in creating a retreat for your student group.