Mission & Ministry
At St. Augustine Prep, we place a great value on the ability of our students to connect with one another, their faith, and their community on a deeper, more intimate level. In order to achieve this, we offer a special retreat program for all students with the involvement of our faculty and staff.
All while instilling in them the important Augustinian values of Unity, Truth, and Love, these retreats allow students of all ages the opportunity to engage in spiritual activities, serve their community, solidify their bond of Hermit Brotherhood, and prepare for life beyond the Prep.
Freshman Year: Unitas Retreat
Over the course of one day, our new students build lasting connections with each other in this on-campus retreat. The day is packed with exciting activities, inspirational speakers, and breakout sessions during which our newest members of the Prep community forge their early bonds and learn what it means to be members of the Brotherhood.
Sophomore Year: Veritas Retreat
For two days, sophomores travel to Camden, NJ. A microcosm of American urban life, the city allows our students the opportunity to see the issues many living in our nation’s inner cities face. They witness social justice concerns such as poverty, racism, and substance abuse, not through a news broadcast or newspaper report, but through their own eyes. In the past, our students have volunteered at the city’s homeless shelters, AIDS clinics, Catholic grammar schools, and the Heart of Camden home rehabilitation organization. The goal of this experience is a metanoia (change of mind and heart) which then allows our students to recognize Christ is every person they encounter.
Junior Year: Cathedral Kitchen Retreat
Throughout the course of our student’s Junior year here at St. Augustine Prep, they will have the opportunity to experience service work within our local diocese. Students will spend one evening serving the less fortunate at the Cathedral Kitchen in Camden, New Jersey.
In preparation for the Junior Ring Mass & Ceremony, the Junior class will be invited to the Junior Evening of Reflection. The Evening of Reflection is a celebration of Brotherhood and will include food, fellowship, and a guest speaker. During this retreat, the students will also look at the pillars of an Augustinian education, reflect on life and experiences, and look forward to their Senior year.
Senior Year: Kairos Retreat
Senior year can be an exciting, yet nerve-wracking, time for any student. The Kairos Retreat strives to prepare our students for their senior year, while also encouraging and enabling them to look ahead to life beyond our campus. Using team building and trust exercises, this off-campus retreat enables our students to consider life after their time at the Prep.