A time to pray, a time to reflect, a time to talk with God, and a time to build relationships....a time of retreat.


Retreat days for Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors are an important part of the Campus Ministry program at Saint John Paul II Academy.  Each retreat has a particular theme, and through prayer and discussion, is structured to help the students grow in their relationship with God through Jesus Christ. The retreats are also designed to help students grow in self-knowledge and to develop Christian community among their classmates.

Freshman and Sophomore Retreat Days

Ascension Catholic Parish graciously provides their church and parish hall for our site for the Underclassmen Retreats. The Freshmen and Sophomores meet at school and are bused to and from Ascension Parish. These retreats last from 8:00 AM until 2:30 PM.

Attendance on retreat days is required for freshmen and sophomores.

Junior Retreat

The Juniors will provide their own transportation to and from Ascension Parish. Their retreat day begins at 9:00 AM and lasts until 6:30 PM. The Retreat Day will end with the Junior Class Mass & Ring Ceremony at 5:00 PM in Ascension Church. All parents and family members are welcome to join us for the Mass. There will be a light reception following the Mass.

Attendance on the retreat days is required for Juniors.


Seniors are strongly encouraged to attend Kairos. Kairos has been the core of our retreat ministry since 1988. This is a time tested retreat for seniors that has been adopted by many high schools throughout the country.

Kairos is a Greek word meaning “The Lord’s Time.” It is built upon a peer-to-peer ministry model which helps the retreatants deepen their relationships with themselves, their families, their friends and, most importantly, Jesus Christ. Prayer and Sacraments are an essential part of the retreat, as well as the retreatants’ involvement in discussions and group exercises. The retreatants may not leave the retreat with all of life’s answers, but will hopefully leave with a greater awareness of whom they are and where they are going.

The retreat is four days long, held at our Lady of Florida, and costs $325 per participant.  A very limited amount of financial assistance is available.

Seniors involved in extra-curricular activities are asked to review these dates carefully and plan to attend a Kairos Retreat that does not conflict with those activities. A Kairos Retreat may reach capacity prior to the application deadline and you are, therefore, encouraged to return your application and payment as soon as possible, regardless of which Kairos you would like to attend. Please also understand that once you have applied for a particular Kairos, you are committed to that retreat unless a change is made prior to the application deadline.

Kairos Fourth Day

As always, we would also like to advise all alumni that Fourth Day Meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 7:00PM.  They are usually held in the SJPII Chapel or Media Center. Everyone who has ever experienced a Kairos is welcome to attend. Please come “home” and step back into “the Lord’s time!”