Freshman Retreat

2019-2020 Freshman Retreat Dates

Thursday August 22- Friday August 23, 2019

Wednesday September 4-Thursday September 5, 2019

Sunday September 15-Monday September 16, 2019

Thursday October 3- Friday October 4, 2019

Thursday October 17-Friday October 18, 2019

 Sunday October 20-Monday October 21, 2019


“Make the most of your 24 hours, because they will go too fast." -Connor Reilly, '18

"I think the retreat was fantastic! If you want to find real friends and real people, go on Prism!" -Molly Schimelfenig, '19

"Until the retreat, I only vaguely knew people in my classes, but after, I have so many more friends." - Joey Taffe, '19

"The retreats at Gibbons are a once in a lifetime thing; each one of them is unique in it's own way." -Grace Longley, '19

"You're kind of just drifting around trying to make connections with people Freshman year until Prism. This is where you stop drifting and make lifelong friends." -Anonymous

The retreat consists of a variety of games, senior leader talks, skits, prayer services and small group activities.

If you are interested in attending, please see the general retreats policy page and then complete the online registration and payment form.

General Retreat Policies

Once you register online, you will receive an automatic email that will confirm payment. You will receive an additional email from the retreat office to inform you of the retreat date you received.

Retreat Cost and Method of Payment

The cost for the freshmen retreat is $75.

Payment for retreats is due via the website at time of registration. Our online registration system accepts Visa and MasterCard.

Rate includes room and board, bus transportation, and snacks during the retreat. Rate does NOT cover full retreat expenses; the school subsidizes the full cost of the retreat.

*If the cost is prohibitive for a student's family, please contact us at; we do not wish cost to be the determining factor in a student's participation

Location and Transportation
The retreat is held at Cardinal Gibbons Short Journey Retreat Center in Smithfield, NC. We will travel the 50 minute  ride by charter bus.

Departure information

Please check in and drop off luggage to Plant Ops BEFORE school (7:30-8am). We will meet in Plant Ops once school ends to change and load the bus. You will receive an email with these specific directions and a packing list the week before the retreat.

What to Pack

  • twin sheets, pillow, and blanket or sleeping bag
  • towel, shower shoes (old/inexpensive pair of flip-flops for shower)
  • toiletries
  • modest sleeping attire
  • casual clothes (no tank tops, low cut shirts or short-shorts: you will be asked to change)
  • a sweatshirt and/or jacket

Please do not bring any snacks or drinks; there will be water and plenty of snacks provided.

Cancellation Policy
Retreat cancellations greatly affect team and facilities preparations, especially as the retreat date nears. If for some reason you need to cancel, requests must be submitted by email to 10 days prior to the retreat date. Refunds after that, will only be given for special circumstances at the discretion of the administration.

Change of Retreat Date Policy
If you need to change your retreat date, please email as soon as possible. Timing is important because most retreats have a waiting list. Every effort will be made to place you on another retreat, if there is room. If it is 10 days before the retreat, a new registration fee may be needed. Dropping or moving dates close to the retreat does affect our planning and our cost. 

If you have any questions regarding this retreat, please contact: