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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. Freshman will continue their work in their Ignatian Formation Period, and will work with the Tacoma L'Arche Community along with four specific service lessons to inspire Servant Leadership. The Freshman also have a retreat January 31, 2022 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, as well through optional retreats in the fall and spring, the Sophomore Boys and Girls Retreats and Sophomore Service Plunge.

The Sophomore Boys and Girls retreats are optional overnight retreats taking place on the weekend of April 22-24. The Girls Retreat is on Friday, April 22 - Saturday, April 23 while the Boys Retreat is on Sunday, April 24 - Monday, April 25. The cost for the retreat is $75. Students must register through Family ID and are selected on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is due by April 11, 2022

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. 

The Sophomore Service Plunge is a optional retreat - date TBD. The cost for the retreat is TBD. The Sophomore Service Plunge is a retreat that provides an opportunity for 10th graders to "plunge" into the wider community and participate in direct service. Students stay overnight at Bellarmine, participate in community building activities, and spend time at a local service agency doing direct service with marginalized groups followed by reflection and prayer. This retreat asks students to grapple with the hunger and poverty that exists here in Tacoma and in our world.

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. 22-25, 2021
  • 2nd Mens: Dec. 3-6, 2021
  • 3rd Mens: Feb. 25-28, 2022


  • 1st Womens: Nov. 5-8, 2021
  • 2nd Womens: Feb. 4-7, 2022
  • 3rd Womens: Mar. 4-7, 2022

Senior Retreats

Senior retreats include four options: (1) The Senior Pilgrimage, which takes place September 18, is a 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 TBD. (3) The Manresa is a two-night, Ignatian-directed, silent retreat taking place TBD (4) The Magis, a three-day overnight retreat that takes place March 25-28, 2022, 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.