Retreats

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:


All-Sheil Retreat - January 24-25, 2015
"The Many Ways We Pray; A Reflective Journey of Our Communal Prayer"
Students and associates are invited to share a weekend with Fr. Kevin Feeney and Angela Stramaglia at St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, Illinois for an overnight retreat. There will time for individual prayer and reflection while enjoying the beautiful grounds of the university. Registration is now open.

Busy Student Retreat - April 12-16, 2015
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
t-higgins@u.northwestern.edu or (847) 328-4648.

Student Spring Retreat- April 24-26, 2015
Spring Retreat will be at the beautiful Cardinal Stritch Retreat House at the University of St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein, IL. We leave Sheil at 5pm on Friday and return by 4pm on Sunday. Cost is $45. Food, lodging, and transportation are included. All undergraduate students are welcome.

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.

  • 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 t-higgins@u.northwestern.edu or (847) 328-4648.