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Faith Formation & Retreats

Under the guidance of the Marist Brothers, SJR faculty, and upperclassmen, students participate in spiritual and leadership weekend and weeknight retreats at the Marist Brothers’ Center in Esopus, New York. The retreats include Freshman Community Weekend, Servant Leadership, Outdoor Adventure, and Marist Youth Encounter Retreats.

Alex Kohn, a retreat leader, volunteer summer counselor and member of the Class of 2010, summed up his four years of Esopus experiences as "more than just a home to the Marist Brothers who live there throughout the year; students often find themselves calling Esopus a second home during their time at Saint Joe’s.
Marist Youth Encounter for Upperclassmen
The Marist Youth Encounters bring upperclassmen students from several Catholic high schools together in reflection, prayer, and fellowship. This retreat is particularly aimed for seniors as a very touching and fitting way to end their time in high school, but is open to juniors as well. The experience often leaves students at a loss for words. Truly, the only way to understand the Encounter experience is to attend one. The Encounter dates are as follows:
  • October 18th to 21st
  • January 24th to 27th
  • April 4th to 7th
Class Retreats
All grades will attend a retreat each year. These whole grade retreats will take place at the Archdiocesan Retreat Center in Kearny, NJ. The students will have the choice between two dates. Attendance is mandatory. The retreats give all of our students an opportunity to examine their spiritual growth year to year since not all may have an opportunity to attend an overnight retreat.
  • Seniors - Service Retreat Day, November 20th
  • Juniors - February 5th & 6th
  • Sophomores - March 26th & 27th
  • Freshmen - January 9th & 10th
Overnight Retreats
Overnight retreats are based on different topics and themes such as servant leadership, diversity, identity, and the lifestyle of Christian manhood. Some of these retreats join our students with Mount St. Michael Academy (Bronx, NY). The programs are either one or two nights at the Marist Brothers' Center at Esopus, NY.
  • Juniors - December 6th to 7th
  • Sophomores - November 7th to 8th

Retreat Schedule
Leadership Retreat
  • September 13th to 15th
Freshman Community Weekend
  • September 20th to 22nd
Sophomore Overnight 
  • November 7th to 8th
Senior Class Service Day
  • November 20th
Junior Overnight
  • December 6th to 7th
Freshman Class
  • January 9th & 10th
Junior Class
  • February 5th & 6th
Sophomore Class
  • March 26th & 27th