Salpointe's first Kairos retreat was in August 1978. At the conclusion of the 2020-21 school year, we will have celebrated 277 retreats!
Kairos Retreats Kairos is a beginning, a Christian awakening, an opportunity to encounter Jesus Christ. At Salpointe, second-semester juniors and fall semester seniors may attend the retreat. During their three and half-day experience, students reflect upon their relationship with God, family and friends. Students attend Kairos during the school week. While Kairos is not mandatory, our students are highly encouraged to take advantage of this incredible growth experience.
What is Kairos?
Meaning "God's Time" in Greek, Kairos is a student-led retreat that allows students the opportunity to step back from the many demands in their life in order to intentionally reflect on their relationships with God, with themselves, and with others. We currently offer seven retreats each academic year: Four retreats for Seniors and three for Juniors.
"From a ministry perspective, Kairos is the time of God’s activity,
the time where we sense God may be trying to get our attention." (J Briggs)
The Kairos retreat program was developed in 1965 in the Diocese of Brooklyn, New York. It is modeled after the Cursillo Retreat (an adult retreat movement) and has been adapted for teenagers.
In December 1975, Fr. Bob Colaresi, O.Carm, from Joliet Catholic High School further developed the retreat. In the Spring of 1978, a group of seniors from Salpointe traveled to Crespi Carmelite High in Encino, CA, in order to make a Kairos retreat. They and volunteers from Crespi then offered the retreat to seniors at Salpointe in August of 1978.
The Foundation of Kairos
Kairos is well-grounded in philosophy, psychology, and theology.
PHILOSOPHICALLY, the purpose of the Kairos is to allow the retreatants to see the value of their Christian faith, as lived and experienced in the community. With the support of that community, they can more easily look within themselves, discovering their true worth and deepening their relationship with God and other people.
PSYCHOLOGICALLY, peer pressure is an extremely powerful force in the teenage years. Often young people are pressured to speak and act in ways that are contrary to their Christian values. The retreat atmosphere allows them to examine their own lives more freely, openly and honestly. We all need to encounter other people and to share our experiences. The trusting atmosphere of the Christian community facilitates this need.
THEOLOGICALLY, the student leader and adult talks are grounded on and centered around God’s revelation of love to all humanity. In accepting that love, we are gifted by the Spirit to go forth and proclaim it. The experience of prayer and the Sacraments allows the retreatants to see that their faith can be meaningful and alive. We believe that young people have much to contribute in this area, as cited in the documents of the Second Vatican Council.
"Young persons themselves ought to become the prime and direct apostles of youth, exercising the apostolate among themselves and through themselves, and reckoning with the social environment in which they live." (AA-12)
How do I sign up?
Click here to sign up for Kairos. Retreat spots are first-come, first-served based on the date of online registration and when the signed permission slips are received in Campus Ministry. The completed, signed permission slip and academic contract signed by all of your teachers are required in order to attend a retreat. Questions? Email Ms. Benzenhoefer in Campus Ministry at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 520-547-4447. You can also come into the Campus Ministry offices (Room 602) between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. during the school week.
*Please remember you cannot attend Kairos during your Sports Season.