L.I.F.T.: Spiritual Retreats

Lasallians in Faith Together, or the L.I.F.T. Program, is CMSA’s vision of the retreat program, encompassing all retreats offered off campus.

Each retreat is unique and full of the many opportunities to meet new people, reflect, and take a break from hectic campus life. We welcome people of all faith backgrounds and experiences. 

All retreats occur in a quiet, relaxing location—perfect for reflection and contemplation—all while meeting new friends who share your interests. Come join us for an unforgettable retreat experience! All are welcome!

Retreats for 2018-19:

  • New Student Retreat (Sept. 29 --30)

    The New Student retreat is open to all freshmen and transfer students! It provides a great introduction to our shared Lasallian heritage, gives new students an opportunity to connect, reflect, relax and have fun!

    Who Goes?

    The New Student Retreat is open to all freshmen and transfer students, as well as all students looking to experience a weekend of reflection and relaxation. 

    What Happens?

    The retreat is rooted in Lasallian tradition & spirituality and welcomes students of all faith and spiritual backgrounds who desire to more deeply understand our Lasallian heritage. Get ready for a weekend of great fellowship, amazing food, small group conversations, large group talks, and lots of beautiful music.

    Where?

    The Empowerment Center in Goshen, NY.

    When?

    A one day retreat from Saturday, September 29 at 10 a.m. to Sunday, September 30 at 2 p.m.

    How Much?

    Only $10! This cost covers all transportation, materials, food, and overnight lodging.

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  • Hiking Retreat at Bear Mountain

    This retreat is brand new this year! Students will explore physical and spiritual wellness while on a hike in the Beautiful Bear Mountain wilderness.

    Who Goes?

    The Hiking Retreat is open to all students! 

    What Happens?

     We will explore and reflect upon the presence of God in nature and invite one another to become more attentive to creation.

    Where?

    Bear Mountain, Rockland County, NY.

    When?

    An all-day retreat on October 13th. We will leave from the Social Action Suite at 10 AM. 

    How Much?

    This retreat is free for all students. We will provide transportation back and forth, as well as snacks.  

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  • The Ignatian Family Teach In For Justice

    The Ignatian Family Teach In for Justice (IFTJ) is an annual gathering for high schools and universities to come together in the context of social justice and solidarity to learn, reflect, pray, network, and advocate together. It is a place where people are empowered, re-energized, inspired, challenged, and supported by a community that sees faith and justice integrally linked.

    Now in its 20th year, the IFTJ has a rich history rooted in honoring the Jesuits and their companions who were martyred in El Salvador in 1989. (Soure: ignatiansolidarity.net)

    Who Goes?

    The Ignatian Family Teach In for Justice is an open appliction for the entire student body. After the application and interview, a group will be chosen to attend the Teach-In in Washingon, D.C. 

     

    What Happens?

    The Ignatian Family Teach In will engage students in the social justice topics of Racism, Inequlaity, and Migration Reform through speakers, reflections, break-out sessions, and group discussions. Afterwards, students will advocate for policy change with their representatives in the Senate and Congress on Capitol Hill. 

    Where?

    Washington, D.C. 

    When?

    The Ignatian Family Teach-In is from Saturday, November 3rd through Monday, November 5th. Students will miss class on Monday in order to meet with their representatives in the Federal Government in Washington.

    How Much?

    CMSA covers the costs of transportation, lodging, the conference fee, and 4 meals during the weekend. All other meals will be covered by students. 

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  • Kairos V (November 16-18)

    Kairos is the hallmark retreat at Manhattan College, one that has to be experienced to be believed. Join your fellow Jaspers as they lead this amazing retreat to celebrate and journey together.

    Who Goes?

    The Kairos Retreat is rooted in spirituality and welcomes students of all religious or spiritual backgrounds who desire to grow in their relationship with God and faith.

    What Happens?

    Kairos is an ancient Greek word meaning the right, critical, or opportune moment.  It is a unique opportunity for students to meet new people and build lasting, meaningful relationships. Get ready for a weekend full of great fellowship, amazing food, small and large group conversations, reflection, games, and lots of beautiful music!

    Where?

    The beautiful Empowerment Center in Goshen, NY.

    When?

    A weekend retreat from Friday, November 16 at 6 PM to November 18 at 5 PM

    How Much?

    The retreat costs $20which includes all transportation, food and lodging. What a deal!

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  • Advent Reflection at Serviam Gardens (December 2nd)

    Join CMSA for a Half-Day Retreat and Reflection at Serviam Gardens! Serviam Gardens is an affordable senior housing community provided by Fordham-Bedford Community Services, and one of L.O.Co's (Lasallian Outreach Collaborative) community partners.
    CRS students

    Who Goes?

    This Advent Reflection is open to all students!

    What Happens?

    Students will travel together on Saturday, December 1st to Serviam Gardens for an Advent Reflections with the senior citizen residents of the Community. While there, we will share in a prayer, reflection, and advent-themed activity with the seniors. Lunch will be provided! All students will meet at 10:30AM in the Social Action Suite (SC203) to depart together. 

    Where?

    Serviam Gardens in the Bedford Park Neighborhood of the Bronx!

    When?

    Saturday, December 1st from10:30 AM- 2 PMM

    How Much?

    This retreat is free to all students. 

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  • Senior Wisdom Retreat (Feb. 9-10)

    wisdomWho Goes?

    The Senior Wisdom Retreat is open to all seniors at Manhattan College!

    What Happens?

    The goal of this experience is to get away from the stresses of school and post-graduate considerations, to spend some time in reflection and in community as members of one graduating class. The first retreat of its kind, Wisdom: The Senior Retreat is designed to offer the seniors a safe, reflective, and enjoyable atmosphere focused on optimism and growth. It is a time for the Seniors to contemplate on their four years of memories at Manhattan College, and think about their development as young adults and students of the Lasallian Mission.

    Where?

    The Empowerment Center in Goshen, NY.

    When?

    A one-day retreat from Saturday, February 9 at 11 AM to Sunday, February 10 at 3:30 PM.

    How Much?

    Only $10! This cost covers all transportation, materials, food, and overnight lodging.

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  • Urban Plunge (March 1-3)

    Who Goes?Lasallian Leaders in Camden

    This retreat is open to the entire student body. The space is limited, so we will accept students on a first come, first served basis. 

    What Happens?

    Students spend the week praying and doing service work in Camden, NJ — the poorest city in the United States. While there, students work with Desales Service Works, cleaning neighborhood parks with the community, outreaching to the homeless at Joseph's Overnight Shelter, and bearing witness at Last Stop Alcoholics Anonymous Resource Center.

    Where?

    The retreatants do service in Camden, NJ with Desales Service Works.

    When?

    March 1-13, 2019

    How Much?

    Only $20, which covers transportation, lodging, and food!

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  • Kairos VI (April 6-8)

    Kairos is the hallmark retreat at Manhattan College, one that has to be experienced to be believed. Join your fellow Jaspers as they lead this amazing retreat to celebrate and journey together.

    Who Goes?

    The Kairos Retreat is rooted in spirituality and welcomes students of all religious or spiritual backgrounds who desire to grow in their relationship with God and faith.

    What Happens?

    Kairos is an ancient Greek word meaning the right, critical, or opportune moment.  It is a unique opportunity for students to meet new people and build lasting, meaningful relationships. Get ready for a weekend full of great fellowship, amazing food, small and large group conversations, reflection, games, and lots of beautiful music!

    Where?

    The beautiful Empowerment Center in Goshen, NY.

    When?

    A weekend retreat from Friday, April 5 at 6 PM to Sunday, April 7 at 5 PM

    How Much?

    The retreat costs $20which includes all transportation, food and lodging. What a deal!!

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The best experience of my life. I encourage everybody to participate in a retreat like this at some point in their lives. It was life changing.

Kairos Retreat Participant 2016

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