OLP Retreat Week 2020

Dear Parents and Students,

We are excited to offer our 3rd annual OLP Retreat Week experience this upcoming January 6–10, 2020!  The OLP retreat program celebrates and is rooted in the charism of the Sisters of St. Joseph.  Each grade level will explore a unique piece of the CSJ charism. The purpose of OLP Retreat Week is threefold:

  1. We value the faith formation experience of each student and want to prioritize it with time and attention. 
  2. All faculty & staff are able to support the faith experience of our students.
  3. Students are not required to miss valuable class instructional time to participate in OLP retreats and, by occurring prior to the start of the second semester of classes, students will be able to focus solely on their retreat and faith experience.

There are no additional fees to participate in OLP retreats, as all costs are covered through tuition. As such, participation in Retreat Week is considered mandatory for all students, as a regular week of school.

Please read below to learn more about your daughter’s retreat experience (per her grade level). Should you have any questions or concerns regarding Retreat Week, please reach out to our Service Learning & Retreats Director, Mrs. Katie Wilson, at [email protected].

God Bless, 

Mrs. Jessica Hooper
Assistant Head of School

Frosh

Make Your Mark: Faith and Sisterhood Frosh Retreat
Wednesday, January 8, 2020 | 8:00 am – 2:30 pm
OLP | San Diego, CA
Address: 4860 Oregon St, San Diego, CA 92116
Point of Contact: Ms. Sabrina Vasconcelos
Email: [email protected]

Snacks included, Please bring your own lunch

The day will begin with a freshman liturgy at OLP. The Frosh class will stay at OLP and have the campus to themselves for a day-long retreat experience focused on friendship, self-acceptance, faith and unconditional love. The day will include retreat activities to strengthen the bonds of sisterhood among the OLP Class of 2023.

Make Your Mark: Sisters of St. Joseph Historical Immersion
Thursday, January 9, 2020 | 7:30 am – 4:00 pm (Leaving Orange, CA at 2:00 pm)
Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange | Orange, CA
Address: 480 S Batavia St, Orange, CA 92868
Point of Contact: Ms. Sabrina Vasconcelos
Email: [email protected]

Lunch & Snacks Included

The Class of 2023 will board coach buses at OLP and travel north to Orange, CA where they will meet with CSJ sisters at the St. Joseph Center. Here frosh will explore the educational history of the CSJ, and their charism of unifying love.  

Monday, Tuesday, Friday, January 6, 7, 10, 2020
Frosh Individual Days of Service. Visit x2vol.com to learn about service opportunities in your neighborhood and local community. Do not report to school on these days. 

Sophomores

Make Your Mark: Serving the Dear Neighbor Sophomore Retreat
Tuesday, January 7, 2020, | 2:00 pm – 8 pm
OLP | San Diego, CA
Point of Contact: Mrs. Katie Wilson
Email: [email protected]prg

Dinner included

Sophomores will put their faith into action as they engage in a class-wide service project on campus. The class of 2022 will explore ways in which they are personally passionate about serving our dear neighbors. The day will include retreat activities to strengthen the bonds of sisterhood among the OLP Class of 2022.

Make Your Mark: Intro to Social Justice and Cultural Competency Symposium
Wednesday, January 8, 2020 | 8:00 am – 2:15 pm
The University of San Diego | San Diego, CA
Address: 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110
Meeting Location: Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice (KIPJ)
Point of Contact: Mrs. Katie Wilson
Email: [email protected]

Snacks included, Please bring your own lunch

Following the previous day’s Sophomore Retreat, the sophomore class will reflect and share on the nature of service and social justice in our community. Rooted in the CSJ charism, sophomores will focus on their commitment to centering their lives around service for the “Dear Neighbor”. Students will also explore identity  issues surrounding cultural competency in our digital world. The symposium will include a keynote speaker, group discussions and small group faith sharing. The day will conclude with a sophomore liturgy in Founder’s Chapel at USD. 

**Updated drop off location**

Please note the USD pickup and drop off location: Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice (KIPJ). To enter USD, use the West Entrance. KIPJ is located at the top of the hill on the right. OLP faculty and staff will be outside to welcome your daughter.

Monday, Thursday, Friday, January 6, 9, 10, 2020
Sophomore Individual Day of Service. Visit x2vol.com to learn about service opportunities in your neighborhood and local community. Do not report to school on these days.

Juniors

Make Your Mark: Unifying Love
Monday, January 6, 2020 at OLP: 12:30 pm boarding for 1 pm departure-
Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at 5:00 pm return to OLP
Pine Valley Bible Conference Center | Pine Valley, CA
Address: 8668 Pine Creek Rd, Pine Valley, CA 91962
Point of Contact: Mrs. Ali Knoll
Email: [email protected]

The entire Junior class will participate in a faith-filled, overnight retreat experience in beautiful Pine Valley, CA. The theme of the retreat is Unifying Love. Students will experience small group faith sharing, an evening liturgy, and spend the night in cabins. This one-night retreat will focus on fostering and celebrating sisterhood, community, and faith. Students are required to be present for the full experience and will be transported by coach bus to and from the retreat. All food will be provided and a packing list will be sent to students via their OLP email. 

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, January 8, 9, 10, 2020
Junior Individual Days of Service. Visit x2vol.com to learn about service opportunities in your neighborhood and local community. Do not report to school on these days. 

Seniors

Make Your Mark: God’s Friendship
Wednesday, January 8, 2020 to Friday, January 10, 2020
Wednesday 12:00 pm boarding for Departure from OLP at 12:30 pm
Return to OLP on Friday at 1 pm
Pine Valley Bible Conference Center | Pine Valley, CA
Address: 8668 Pine Creek Rd, Pine Valley, CA 91962
Point of Contact: Mrs. Donna Allen ‘85
Email: [email protected] 

The Senior class will participate in a faith-filled 3-day, 2-night retreat experience at beautiful Pine Valley, CA. Students will experience witness talks from their peers and teachers, small group faith sharing, and a liturgy. This retreat experience is meant to strengthen one’s individual relationship with God and deepen their sense of self through personal reflection. Students are required to be present for the full experience and will be transported by coach bus to and from the retreat center. All food will be provided and a packing list will be sent to students via Blackbaud.

Monday and Tuesday, January 6 & 7, 2020
Senior Individual Days of Service. Visit x2vol.com to learn about service opportunities in your neighborhood and the local community. Do not report to school on these days.

Retreat Week Reminders

  • Due to the special schedule of events this week, regularly scheduled van transportation will not take place during Retreat Week.  Van transportation will resume on the first day of second-semester classes; Monday, January 13, 2020. 
  • The OLP Library will be open onTuesday, January 7, 2020 from 8 am - 2 pm and on  Wednesday, January 8, 2020 from 2 pm - 6 pm. This is the only place on campus where direct supervision of students will be offered.  The library is not open on Monday, January 6th, Thursday, January 9th or Friday, January 10, 2020. 
  • Please bring a reusable water bottle to all retreats to support our CSJ commitment to be good stewards of the Earth. 
  • In the spirit of presence, unifying love and sisterhood, students, including retreat leaders will be challenged to participate in a Cell Phone Free Retreat Experience during the duration of the retreat week.  Parents, please be cognizant of this policy, if parents need to reach out to students during the retreat, they should contact the retreat point person by email. For juniors and seniors, chaperones can reached at Pine Valley Conference Center at 619-473-8879.  
  • Permission slips will be passed out on November 21 and 22, 2019 in your religion classes.  Completed permission slips are due to each student’s religion teacher in class by December 5 (ABGC) and December 6 (DEF), 2019.  Please be sure to note any special medical needs or allergy concerns on the permission slip.
  • During Retreat Week non-uniform dress is encouraged. Please wear comfortable clothes and closed-toed shoes per the non-uniform dress guidelines in the Parent Student Handbook.