The Sheil Catholic Center gives students the opportunity to deepen their faith with God each quarter through a variety of retreats. The retreat programs are led by a team of students and the Sheil staff. Each retreat is held in a sacred setting with ample time for prayer, reflection and conversation.

Read on to learn more about Sheil’s unique retreats for undergraduates, graduate students and associates:

Student Weekend Retreats-Spring Retreat-2015 Date TBD
Spring Retreat takes place at beautiful Benet Lake Retreat Center in Wisconsin! We leave Sheil at 5 pm on Friday and return by 4 pm on Sunday. Cost is $45. Food, lodging, and transportation are included. All undergraduate students are welcome.

Kairos Retreat - September 12-15, 2014
This September 12-15, 2014, the Sheil Catholic Center will be hosting its third Kairos retreat.  Kairos is a four-day retreat that has a theme for each day: Doubt the First, Cry the Second, Trust the Third, and Live the Fourth. Through small-group sessions, witness talks by upperclassmen leaders, and many other surprises.  Kairos is a magical experience that brings people closer to themselves, to others, and to God.  Kairos builds friendships that last a lifetime, and the days before Wildcat Welcome are the perfect time to build new, close friendships and enter Northwestern with a renewed sense of identity and purpose in life.  Come on Kairos and learn from other freshmen and upperclassmen about yourself and what it truly means to be a Northwestern student! The retreat is held at Cabrini Retreat Center in Des Plaines, IL. The retreat is open to any incoming or current undergraduate student at Northwestern.
The cost is $225 if you apply by June 15th, $250 if you apply by August 15th.
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All-Sheil Retreat - 2015 Date TBD

Busy Student Retreat - 2015 Dates TBD

Our most popular retreat experience, the Busy Student Retreat provides an opportunity for students to go on retreat without ever leaving campus. This week-long retreat during Spring Quarter is a chance for students to find time for God and focus on their personal relationship with Christ.

For one week, students commit to a half-hour of prayer and a half-hour meeting with a Spiritual Companion each day, and can also attend evening reflections.

For more information, please contact Tim Higgins at or (847) 328-4648.


Class Retreats

Sheil’s Class Retreats are designed to focus on the unique years of the undergraduate experience. The retreats are held at the Sheil Catholic Center and include a dinner, speakers, activities, conversation and prayer. Hosted by a team of students and the Sheil staff, they typically last from 5 to 10pm.

  • Freshmen Evening of Reflection - 2014-2015 Date TBD
  • Last Night @ Sheil - Senior Twilight Retreat- Just before graduation

An evening of reflection of where you have been on your college journey and a conversation about where you are going, and practical advice for the transition to the real world from Sheil you alums. Free dinner and you are welcome to bring a friend.

For more information, please contact Tim Higgins at or (847) 328-4648.