Student Formation

Campus Ministry programs help students deepen their faith in God. The retreat program provides students with opportunities to participate in reflective experiences in communal settings to gain deeper insights into self-knowledge, sensitivity to others, and a faith in God. Each retreat is designed to provide time for students to share their insights, personal beliefs and attitudes in a Christian context.

Bellarmine students can find many opportunities to participate in Campus Ministry-sponsored retreats. Although registration is required for the freshman retreat. Below are links to registration forms for the retreats. If you are interested in registering for any of them, please click on the appropriate link and follow instructions.. If you have questions, please see Jody DeGroot, VP of Formation and Professional Development.

Retreat Leadership  (see leadership opportunities here)

Freshmen Formation

Freshmen formation takes place in conjunction with Bellarmine's Ignatian Formation Period through the Link Crew program.  Beginning with orientation in August, Freshmen will meet regularly with their Link Crew leaders to build community and camaraderie amongst the members of their class. The Freshman also have a retreat January 27 off-campus at Black Diamond Camp, celebrating the community as a part of Bellarmine’s Jesuit tradition. Contact Anna Hunthausen for more information.

Sophomore Formation

Sophomore formation takes place in Ignatian Formation Period and includes work with the Tacoma L'Arche Community. Along with the below information about the Sophomore Boys and Girls retreats, sophomores may also attend an optional overnight retreat in the spring, the Sophomore Service Plunge, April 18-19. This retreat asks students to grapple with the hunger and poverty that exists here in Tacoma and in our world.

The Sophomore Boys and Girls retreats are optional overnight retreats taking place October 6-7. The cost for the retreat will be $70. Students must apply for the retreat and will be selected on a first come-first serve basis. Applications are due Wednesday, September 18. 

During the Sophomore Boys Retreat, the young men of Bellarmine will be given the chance to build community and discuss what it means to be a young man of character at our school and in the world. The Sophomore Girls Retreat retreat is a chance for the young women of the sophomore class to come together and discuss issues surrounding female identity, friendships and self-worth. 

Junior Retreats

Junior retreats, the Men's Junior Encounter and the Women's Junior Encounter are voluntary. They are three-day, overnight retreats on weekends away from campus and are designed to build community, strengthen self and deepen one's faith in God. The Encounters are offered four times throughout the school year. Encounter is free of charge.

1st Mens: Oct. 26-28
2nd Mens: Feb. 22-24

1st Womens: Nov. 9-11
2nd Womens: March 7-9

Senior Retreats

Senior retreats include four options: (1) The Senior Pilgrimage, which takes place September 21-22, is a weekend hike and camp away from campus focusing on community, faith, and discipleship. (Click here for a list of what to bring.) (2) The Montserrat is a 24-hour, Ignatian-directed, silent retreat taking place November 23-24. (3) The Manresa is a two-night, Ignatian-directed, silent retreat taking place February 1-2. (4) The Magis, a three-day overnight retreat that takes place March 27-29, is modeled on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits. It is designed to invite seniors into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.

Individual Spiritual Direction

Spiritual direction is available upon request from members of the Campus Ministry staff to support and encourage students in their spiritual life. Within this direction, they may choose to make a version of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. Contact the Campus Ministry office to find out who works with students to provide individual spiritual direction.