2019-2020 Prism 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

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


“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

"I went on the retreat to meet people. The most influential person I met was God. Now, I know I can lay down all my problems before Him and He will protect me. " Natalie Freeman, '15

"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

"One of the best experiences I have had! Very inspiring and uplifting. You get to know new people and make plenty of new friends." -Evan Elezaj, '17

One of our fundamental beliefs as a Catholic-Christian people is that we all have been created in God's own image and likeness. As such we are truly reflections of God.
Gibbons' Prism freshman retreat emphasizes that fact. A prism is an object that refracts a pure beam of white light, resulting in a spectrum of colors. We are God's prism and the white light is His light in us. How can we shine His light on others? How can we be our best selves in high school?

 Prism focuses on helping freshmen identify who they are right now but also who they feel they should be, who God made them to be.

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

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

We can accommodate 35 freshmen on each Prism retreat. Spaces do fill up fast, so please sign up soon!

Contact Director of Retreats Ms. Crista Anders ( for more information.

We're looking forward to seeing our students on retreats this year!



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 Prism freshman 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 Director of Retreats Ms. Crista Anders (; we do not wish cost to be the determining factor in a student's participation

Location and Transportation
The Prism 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

Sunday-Monday retreat

Please meet in Main Lobby on Sunday at 2 p.m. with your luggage. We return around 2:30 p.m. on Monday. You will be dismissed at our regular time (2:55pm). You will receive an email with these specific directions and a packing list the week before the retreat.

Thursday- Friday retreat

Please drop off luggage to Plant Ops BEFORE school (7:30-8am). We will meet in Chapel(or other location announced at meeting) on Thursday at 3 p.m. to load luggage. We return around 2:30 p.m. on Friday. You will be dismissed for our regular time (2:55pm). 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.

We will have a mandatory meeting the week before the retreat to discuss specifics and give you a packing list. The meeting date will be sent via email and school announcements closer to the retreat.


Contact on Retreat
In case of emergency, please call Ms. Anders at 610-420-2732

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 Ms. Crista Anders ( 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 Ms. Crista Anders ( 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 Prism, please contact: Ms. Crista Anders(

If you have any questions or issues regarding the registration form, please contact(

Register here beginning at 10am on Thursday August 1st.