Learning Takes Place Inside and Outside the Classroom
Our four-year retreat program offers all students an opportunity to reflect and pray on their spiritual and moral development as JC Patriots.
The Freshman Retreat is our introduction to what it means to be a JC Patriot! Held after the first two weeks of school, Freshmen explore the past and present of JC history to understand the start of their own journey at John Carroll. During this day-long retreat, Freshmen learn about the history of our namesake, Archbishop John Carroll, by visiting his final resting place at the Baltimore Basilica, developing new friendships and exploring ways to use their God-given gifts and talents in service of our John Carroll, local and global communities.
This day-long, service learning retreat provides members of our Sophomore class an opportunity to better understand why serving others is such an essential element of being a JC Patriot. In groups of 12-14 students, our students are introduced to and serve adults with developmental disabilities through Beyond Capernaum, the Special Needs/Disability Ministry of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Bel Air, MD.
The Junior Retreat is a long-standing tradition at John Carroll. Since the early 1970s, it has been our tradition to take the members of our Junior class to the Msgr. O’ Dwyer Retreat House for an overnight retreat experience. This retreat, led by Senior Peer Ministers, challenges Juniors to take a closer look at who they are, where they are going and where God might be calling them to at this stage in their lives.
The Senior Retreat is considered to be the capstone retreat experience at John Carroll. Led by a dedicated team of our JC faculty and staff, this overnight retreat experience is designed to help our seniors reflect on their life journey and give thanks for those who have been companions on their life’s journey thus far. Senior Retreat is currently held at Sandy Cove Ministries in North East, MD.