Retreats and Mission Trips
Providing Opportunities for Student Reflection and Service to others
Our school-wide retreat program is offered for all Fenwick students, by grade, during a required school day. In the fall, there are freshman and sophomore retreats created and facilitated by the Campus Ministry office, Peer Leaders and faculty. In the spring, there is a junior retreat and senior reflections day.
Retreats are designed to share common encounters with an entire class and provide an understanding of the Catholic Faith outside of the classroom setting. Students engage in icebreakers, discussion, witness, activities and Mass in a full school day time period.
All retreats are structured around Pope Francis’ message of the succession of love: love of God, love of self and love of others.
Bishop Fenwick participates on mission trips with the organization Beyond Sunday Missions. This year the group will return to nearby Rumford, Maine. Over the years, nearby Rumford Mills as well as many other lumber companies in the area which used to provide jobs, have become highly mechanized. Subsequently, this has reduced the number of human laborers needed to work in the industries. Jobs are scarce and are often low-paying or require traveling long distances to work. Almost half the population in the area consists of retirees.
This year’s mission trip will provide students will the opportunity to not only labor for new homes and design, but allow interaction with the residents and hear their stories, attend weekly Mass and continue to develop faith formation. They have the opportunity not only to serve others physically but to be served spiritually.