The Academy of Notre Dame de Namur is a Catholic, independent, college prepatory school for young women in grades 6 through 12.

A Catholic, Independent, College Preparatory School for Young Women, Grades 6 through 12

Academy of Notre Dame de Namur: Inspiring Young Women Since 1956

Retreats

Each class, from grade six through eleven, participates in a yearly retreat. Students in middle school spend a day in retreat on-campus, participating in team-building activities and small group discussions. Upper school classes participate in a full-day retreat off campus with a guest speaker and meet for reflection or journaling in small groups.

The Kairos Retreat, a four-day retreat for seniors, is offered two or three times a year, depending on the size of the senior class. This is an opportunity for students to take time away from their busy lives and reconnect with their faith. It is a very special experience, and while students are not required to attend, most choose to participate.

Retreat Themes by Grade

October 16, 2019-Sixth Grade Retreat

Grade 6: Introduction to the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur and the charism of Saint Julie.
The Sixth Grade Retreat introduces the incoming 6th grade class to the history of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur and the Charism of their foundress, Saint Julie Billart. This retreat takes place early in the school year to encourage team building and small group discussion. During this retreat, the students are encouraged to reflect on how they can spread the Gospel message everywhere, how they can develop a deeper faith life, and what they can learn about God, themselves, and others. The day includes sharing, reflection, journaling, and liturgy. 

March 3, 2020- Seventh & Eighth Grade Retreat

Grade 7: Hallmark One - “We proclaim by our lives even more than by our words that God is good.”
The Seventh Grade Retreat focuses on Hallmark One: We proclaim by our lives even more than by our words that God Is good. Saint Julie Billart once stated, “To be simple is to be like a sunflower which follows all the movements of the sun and ever turns toward it.” During this retreat, the students reflect upon the symbolic nature of the sunflower as they explore the values that ground them in their faith and the ways in which they can always seek and follow God. The day includes sharing, reflection, journaling, and liturgy.

March 3, 2020- Seventh & Eighth Grade Retreat

Grade 8: Hallmark Two – “We honor the dignity and sacredness of each person.”
The Eighth Grade Retreat focuses on Hallmark Two: We honor the dignity and sacredness of each person. The dignity of the person is the cornerstone of Catholic Social Teaching. The students are asked to reflect upon the belief that we are all made in the image and likeness of God, and to discuss ways they can bear witness to the dignity of each person. The day includes sharing, reflection, journaling, and liturgy.

October 10, 2019-Ninth Grade Retreat

Grade 9: Introduction to the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, Saint Julie, and Notre Dame sisterhood.
The Freshman Retreat introduces the incoming freshman class to the history of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur and the Charism of their foundress, Saint Julie Billart. This retreat takes place early in the school year to encourage team building and small group discussion. During this retreat, the students are encouraged to reflect on how they can spread the Gospel message everywhere, how they can develop a deeper faith life, and what they can learn about God, themselves, and others. The day includes sharing, reflection, journaling, and liturgy.

January 21, 2020- Tenth & Eleventh Grade Retreat

Grade 10: Hallmark Three – “We educate for and act on behalf of justice and peace in the world.”
The Sophomore Retreat focuses on Hallmark Three: We educate for and act on behalf of justice and peace in the world. During this retreat, the students are introduced to the life of Sister Dorothy Stang, a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur who was martyred in 2005. Sister Dorothy was a voice for the voiceless and spoke out for the people of Brazil. The day includes small group discussion, reflection, journaling and liturgy.

January 21, 2020- Tenth & Eleventh Grade Retreat

Grade 11: Hallmark Four - “We commit our lives to community service”
The Junior Retreat focuses on Hallmark Four: We commit our lives to community service. The students are asked to reflect upon how community service is relational and how this experience enriches both those who are serving and those being served. Each student researches the topic of her choice prior to the service activity. The experience culminates in an activity in which the students present their topics and share how they found God in others and how this experience impacted their faith. The day includes small group discussion, reflection, journaling and liturgy.

Grade 12: Kairos
The word Kairos comes from the Greek word meaning “God’s time.” The Kairos Retreat is a four day retreat program for seniors. The goals of the retreat are for participants to deepen their relationship with God and grow in faith by learning more about themselves and others.

Participation in Kairos is not mandatory; however, all seniors are encouraged to attend and share in this experience. The Kairos Experience includes, reflection, small group discussion, the Sacrament of Reconciliation and liturgy.

Kairos:

  • November 19-22
  • February 11-14
  • March 24- 27

“As the sunflower turns always to the sun, so should we always turn to God.” - Saint Julie

Five Notre Dame students volunteer during a Campus Ministry retreat.