St. Therese of Liseaux

"I beg of Jesus to draw me into the flames of His Love, to unite me so closely to Himself that He may live and act in me."

Father Ryan Retreats

Retreats are an important part of the Father Ryan experience. Each year, students are given the opportunity to step away from daily life and enter more deeply into the life of Christ. Since they are broken up by class, retreats strengthen the members of that class and help those students grow closer to one another. The retreats feed each student’s heart through prayer and through the sacraments.


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  • Freshman Retreat

    Each fall, Father Ryan gathers the Freshman class for an evening of prayer, reflection, adoration, and praise. This retreat brings students together to build community and deepen their relationship with God through praise and worship, student talks, and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
  • Sophomore Retreat

    In November of sophomore year, the class is divided by gender to spend a day of retreat at Camp Marymount. The retreat theme is “Who is God Calling Me to Be?” There is a special focus on what it means to be a young man or woman of character.
  • Junior Retreat

    Junior Retreat is an opportunity to explore the connection between faith and justice through a day of prayer, reflection, and activities. Taking place in the spring at the new Catholic Pastoral Center, this retreat is interactive and based in the junior theology curriculum with a focus on Catholic Social Teaching. The theme "Neighbors in Our Common Home" is particularly relevant right now. We will have every student participate in a simulation of what it would be like to be a refugee in a camp. This is a simulation called “Seeking Refuge: Forced to Flee – a Refugee Camp Simulation Curriculum Guide.” It was developed by Catholic Charities of Louisville and endorsed by the Office of Migration and Refugees of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. 

    In addition, the retreat will include breakout sessions with the following five non-profits: Nashville Food Project, Room in the Inn, Project Return, Tennesseans Against the Death Penalty, and Thistle Farms. We will celebrate Mass as a class, and catering will be provided by The Cookery, which works with individuals who are otherwise difficult to employ.
  • Senior Retreat

    In October of senior year, the class is invited to an evening of reflection and prayer. The retreat focuses on the gifts of the past, the joys of the present, and hopes for the future. The seniors vote on a student and faculty member to speak at this retreat as a way to grow deeper in faith. This time of prayer is an opportunity to grow closer as a community and also a chance to invite God more deeply into the discernment and transitions that are an inevitable part of senior year.
  • Mother-Daughter/Father-Son Retreats

    Each fall, the Father-Son Retreat provides a morning of reflection and bonding while growing in faith. Each spring, the Mother-Daughter retreat provides the same.

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Additional Retreat Opportunities

In addition, students are encouraged to participate in other retreats through the Catholic Youth Office and their individual parishes.

To learn more about the SEARCH Retreat, click here. To learn about Youth 2000, click here. To learn about Youth Leadership Workshop, click here.