In the 8th grade, teens begin to be accountable for their spiritual growth as part of their Catholic commitment. Of course their spiritual growth is a lifelong endeavor!

The Faith Formation program requires that teens accumulate 6 retreats:

  • 8th graders should accumulate 1 retreat,
  • freshman should accumulate 2 retreats,
  • sophomores should accumulate 2 retreats, and
  • juniors should accumulate 1 retreat.

The program requires that 1 retreat each year be through the parish:

  • 8th graders attend the Wisconsin Catholic Youth Rally at Carroll University on March 19, 2017 (
  • Freshmen and Sophomores attend the St. John Bosco Youth Day at Holy Hill on October 1, 2016 (     Permission Slip
  • Juniors attend a two night Confirmation Retreat at Inspirio Youth Ministries from January 27 to 29 (

Additional retreats are done on your own in the larger community.

Please use the Service and Retreat Log to enter times that you have gone on retreat.     Service and Retreat Log

If you are unsure about an activity, talk to a Faith Formation staff person. The biggest criteria is taking time to open yourself to an experience of God’s transforming love.

Some of the retreats offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation. If it's been a while, check out How To Go To Confession and the Examination of Conscience for High School Youth. You can print out the Act of Contrition and bring it with you! Retreats also sometimes include praying the Rosary. To review the prayers and mysteries, see How To Pray The Rosary. All of the above can also be found on the App Laudate, available for free on iOS, Android, or Windows.

Retreat Opportunities...

Freshmen and Sophomores have the option to attend the Wisconsin Catholic Youth Rally: High School Edition at Carroll University on March 18, 2017 (

Ongoing Retreat Opportunities...

1. Catholic Youth Expeditions -- Expeditions in Door County throughout the year from Fridays at 7 pm to Sundays at 4 pm. Pick up and drop off in Appleton. Cost is $65. Also have young adult (age 18 and up) expeditions. To register, see (On your own.)

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