Fall Busy Student Retreat

A “Busy Student Retreat” is one way for our students to grow in awareness of self, others, the world, and God despite the busy and rigorous school life.

The retreat is a self-paced retreat that gives students an opportunity and grace to nourish their heart and soul, to rediscover spiritual energy and meaning in your life, and to find out where they are on their journey to God


  • Our Busy Student's Retreat is held every year in the Fall, November, after Fall break.

  • The retreat takes place from Sunday evening through Thursday evening.

Retreat Directors

  • St. Catherine’s invites priests and religious sisters who visit and give daily one-on-one spiritual direction with students.

  • The retreat directors have been trained and they understand the spiritual needs of students and young people.

Who can Participate

  • It is open to our students at Drake University, Grand View University, and DMACC at no cost.

How it Works

  • The retreat focuses entirely on forming and growing each student's personal prayer life.

  • It begins with an Opening General Session after the Sunday  Evening Mass and then each student meets with the spiritual director to coordinate their own schedule

  • The retreat is based on a 30/30/30 format, which includes:  At least 30 minutes of daily spiritual direction with assigned spiritual director, 30 minutes of daily personal prayer and reflection, and 30 minutes of additional prayer each day.