IWA’s retreat program is designed to build community within each classification while also providing personal space for prayer and reflection.
Retreat themes are selected yearly to help students grow in Spirituality and Christian living. Spirituality is a foundational pillar at IWA, and the formation and growth in the spiritual and community life of the school is enhanced through the retreat program. For this reason, attendance at the annual class retreats is a graduation requirement for all IWA students.
- Freshmen Half-Day Retreat
- Sophomore Full-Day Retreat
- Junior 1-Night Retreat
- Senior 2-Night Retreat
- Additional Retreat Opportunities
Orientation and community are the two main pillars of the Freshman retreat.
This half day retreat begins with a pilgrimage to the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart where students participate in activities that unite the class, focusing on building positive relationships and cultivating sisterhood. Following the closing Liturgy, the girls attend lunch together at a local downtown venue to get more acquainted with their new locale. This retreat is facilitated by students on Campus Ministry Team.
Activities, talks, and small group sharing provide sophomores the opportunity to reflect on their commitments and relationships while continuing to foster a life of prayer.
This one-day retreat provides an opportunity for Sophomore students to press pause and take a break from school and other activities. Identity formation is a key theme for Sophomore level retreat. This retreat is facilitated by students on Campus Ministry Team.
Through witness talks, personal reflection, Eucharistic Adoration and group reflection, this retreat encourages students to actively live a life of faith.
Beginning Thursday morning and ending Friday afternoon, this retreat offers students an opportunity to develop a deeper relationship with Jesus the Incarnate Word. At the heart of this retreat is a deep experience of Reconciliation in which students are given the opportunity to seek mercy in the Sacrament of Confession. This retreat is facilitated by Senior Students on Campus Ministry Team.
As a capstone to the Retreat program and their time at IWA, the Senior retreat is a final bonding experience for the senior class.
Throughout this retreat, the students are given opportunities to reflect on their IWA experience, strengthen old friendships and discuss future endeavors. This retreat brings the class together and spiritually prepares students for the next step as Women of the Word. This retreat is directed by the Campus Minister with facilitation support from IWA Faculty members.
IWA partners with local and national Catholic ministries to offer optional opportunities for students to grow in their faith and deepen their encounter with Jesus the Incarnate Word. These additional programs vary from year to year and often include student retreats, lock-ins, mini-retreats, mother-daughter retreats, and times of prayer. Past partnerships have been with Adore Ministries, NET Ministries and SMYRT at Texas A&M.