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Date: October 14-16, 2022  

Location: Allegheny National Forest - Morrison Trail 

*Senior students only! This retreat experience is limited to the first 12 students who register. 

Students will depart on Friday, October 14 at 8:30 a.m. and will return on Sunday, October 16 at 7:00 p.m.

Cost: $100

The Backpacking Retreat will utilize nature and community to provide students with time to reflect on their relationships with themselves, God, and others. This 3 day and 2 night retreat will be filled with individual meditation, group discussions, and plenty of time to share their experiences with others. This retreat will help students not only answer the question of “Where am I?”  but will also help them address the question “Where am I going?” This experience is not limited to Catholic or actively religious students only but is for all students who are seeking answers and the divine through nature.


Each participant will eat, sleep, and pray for 3 days in the Allegheny National Forest. Each stretch of the Morrison Trail (11 miles total) will have a different theme for students to reflect on. Each stretch of hiking would be roughly 3-4 miles per day. This retreat has a physical dimension to it. The trail is ranked moderate so is not tremendously difficult, but it will prove challenging at times. On the trail, there will be a number of group activities to build communion and relationships, as well as moments of individual reflection. Students must be able to carry a hiking style backpack for multiple miles at a time. 

The retreat experience includes:


  • 3 days and 2 nights in the beautiful Allegheny National Forest 

  • Group and individual prayer/reflection

  • Fellowship with students and faculty alike

  • Transportation to and from the Morrison Trailhead

  • 3 meals per day that will be carried by the students and faculty

  • Backpacks/sleeping pads/Tents included but students are welcome to use their personal equipment as well

Students will be responsible for bringing their own outdoor clothing, rain gear, hygiene products, snacks, and water bottles. A comprehensive packing list will be provided. 


Participating students must attend pre-retreat meetings pertaining to the packing list and retreat expectations.

Please contact Mr. Matt Rentz at with any questions. 

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