Retreats & Spiritual life
SOAR: A bi-weekly after school program facilitated by a team of seniors, SOAR brings students together for prayer and meditation in the chapel, followed by one of their classmates offering a reflection. Students then meet in groups to discuss the topic of the week and end with a shared meal. Topics vary each week but are determined by the student group and address current issues that students may encounter. Past topics have included: time management, stress, partying, dating, family relationships, peer pressure, being cut from athletic teams, and the refugee crisis. SOAR takes place every other Wednesday throughout the school year and is an excellent opportunity for students to connect with classmates that are involved in different areas of school life.
Sixth Grade Retreat: "Learning Wellness," invites sixth grade students to reflect on their own wellness and the various aspects of wellness that we focus on at St. John's Prep.
Seventh Grade Retreat: "The Call of Servant Leadership," invites seventh grade students to reflect servant leadership and empowers students to be servant leaders at St. John's Prep and beyond.
Eighth Grade Retreat: "Appreciation: Past, Present and Future," is for the entire eighth grade class. This retreat encourages students, as they prepare to transition to high school, to reflect on their life journey through 8th grade, and to consider the opportunities they have in the present moment and the opportunities they'll have in high school. A segment of this retreat will also encourage students to appreciate diversity and difference.
Freshmen Retreat: This one-day retreat for freshmen is led by members of the junior class, who help freshmen reflect on their transition to St. John's and build a strong sense of community.
Sophomore Retreat: This overnight retreat program is guided by seniors who encourage students to reflect on their relationships with themselves, God, and others through large group talks, small group discussions and team building activities.
Emmaus: Based on the story of the disciples encountering Christ on the road to Emmaus, this retreat is a chance for a young man in his junior year to explore relationships with himself, others, and God through an experience over three days in a community-based setting with classmates and a team of faculty and staff.
Senior Retreat: Open to all members of the senior class, this retreat takes place every February. This three-day overnight spiritual retreat, at Craigville Beach Conference Center on Cape Cod, focuses on the upcoming transition from high school to college.
Father/Son Retreat: The father/son relationship is so important that we have organized a weekend retreat specifically in support of fathers and their sons. Fathers and their sons will focus on the passage into manhood, the fears and excitement, and learn that their fathers, and all men, have passed through the gateway. There are be opportunities for dialogue, spirituality, and fun activities that will create memories for a lifetime. In addition to fathers spending time together with their sons, they share stories, rock climbing and whitewater rafting at Moose River Outpost in Jackson, Maine. This trip happens each year in August.
Mother/Son Retreat: This an opportunity for mothers to spend quality time with their son in the Mountains of New Hampshire for a weekend adventure filled with hikes, meaningful talks and lots of bonding time. The retreat is held at an AMC lodge in Crawford Notch, New Hampshire. Students may participate the fall of their sophomore year.
Liturgies and Prayer Life: Students are encouraged to offer their gifts, talents, and desire to be involved in the prayer life of school. Liturgies allow for students to play music or sing for school liturgies, as well as serve as eucharistic ministers, altar servers, readers, acolytes, banner bearers, and gift bearers.