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 many of the retreats, it is not required for the sophomore and freshman retreats. Below are links to regristration forms for the retreats. If you are interested in registering for any of them, please print out the registration form, complete it, and turn it in to the Campus Ministry Office. If you have questions, please stop by the Campus Ministry Office or see the Campus Ministry staff member who can answer any questions you may have.

Retreat Leadership  (see leadership opportunities here)

Freshmen Formation

Freshmen formation takes place in conjunction with Bellarmine's House System in Community Period through the Faith in Formation program.  Beginning with orientation in August, an overnight retreat in March, and Community Period once a month, freshmen are called to examine their experience in terms of the theme, "Unique and United."

Sophomore Formation

Sophomore formation takes place in Community Period and includes work with the Tacoma L'Arche Community. Sophomores may also attend an optional overnight retreat in the fall and spring, the Sophomore Service Plunge. 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 six times throughout the school year.

Senior Retreats

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