Retreat Week 2019

We are looking forward to retreats on January 7-11, 2019!

The purpose of 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 no longer 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 Director of Service Learning & Retreats, Mrs. Katie Wilson, at [email protected].

God Bless,

Mrs. Jessica Hooper

Assistant Head of School


Frosh

RISE UP: Faith and Sisterhood

Wednesday January 9, 2019 | 8:00 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: Mrs. Rivka Bent | [email protected]
Lunch & snacks included
The Class of 2022 will board coach buses at OLP and travel north to Orange, CA where they will meet with CSJ sisters at the St. Joseph Center and learn more about the CSJ charism. The bus rides will include retreat activities to strengthen the bonds of sisterhood among the OLP Class of 2022.

Thursday, January 10, 2019 | 8:00 am – 2:30 pm
OLP | San Diego, CA
Address: 4860 Oregon St, San Diego, CA 92116
Point of Contact: Mrs. Ali Purpera | [email protected]
Lunch & snacks included
The day will begin with a freshman and sophomore 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.

Monday, Tuesday, Friday, January 7, 8, 11, 2019
Frosh 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.


Sophomores

RISE UP: Serving the Dear Neighbor

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 | 9:00 am – 2:30 pm
OLP | San Diego, CA
Location: Meet at OLP, students will travel to various service sites (transportation provided)
Point of Contact: Mr. Carter White | [email protected]
Bring your own bag lunch
Sophomores will put their faith into action as they leave campus to serve in Catholic parochial schools and at St. Vincent de Paul. These service outings will be led by OLP Faculty and will focus on direct service to our San Diego Catholic community. Students will be transported to and from the service sites in coach buses. Students return to OLP by 2:30 pm, and will be ready for pick-up.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 | 8:00 am – 2:15 pm
The University of San Diego | San Diego, CA
Address: 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110
Point of Contact: Mr. Carter White | [email protected]
Lunch and snacks included
Following the previous day’s service outings, 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”. The retreat day 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.

Please note the USD pickup and drop off location: University Center (UC Building).  To enter USD, use the Main Entrance. Take the first left past the Welcome Kiosk; the University Center building is located on the right. OLP faculty and staff will be outside to welcome your daughter.

Monday, Tuesday, Friday, January 7, 8, 11, 2019
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

RISE UP: Unifying Love

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 8:00 am to Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at 12:00 pm
Pine Valley Bible Conference Center | Pine Valley, CA
Address: 8668 Pine Creek Rd, Pine Valley, CA 91962
Point of Contact: Mrs. Ali Purpera | [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 Blackbaud.

Packing List for Overnight Junior Retreat at USD:

  • A warm jacket/sweatshirt
  • Comfortable, warm clothes
  • Walking shoes/sneakers (socks)
  • No flip-flops/sandals
  • Toiletries
  • A flashlight
  • A reusable water bottle
  • Pillow
  • Sleeping Bag/ Blanket
  • Sleeping Pad/ Padding

Monday, Tuesday, Friday, January 7, 8, 11, 2019
Junior 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.


Seniors

RISE UP: God’s Friendship

Monday, January 7, 2019 to Wednesday, January 9, 2019 
12:30 pm Departure from OLP & 2:30 pm Return to OLP
Whispering Winds | Julian, CA
Address: 17606 Harrison Park Rd, Julian, CA 92036
Point of Contact: Mrs. Donna Allen ‘85 | [email protected]
The Senior class will participate in a faith-filled 3-day, 2-night retreat experience at Whispering Winds Catholic Camp & Conference Center in Julian, CA. Students will experience witness talks from their peers and teachers, small group faith sharing, and a liturgy in the Whispering Winds Chapel. 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. All food will be provided and a packing list will be sent to students via Blackbaud.

Packing List for Senior Overnight Retreat

  • A warm jacket/sweatshirt
  • Comfortable, warm clothes
  • Walking shoes/sneakers (socks)
  • No flip-flops/sandals
  • Toiletries & a towel
  • A flashlight
  • A reusable water bottle
  • Pillow
  • Sleeping Bag/Blanket

You can plan to leave your car parked in the OLP parking structure while we are away.

Monday, Tuesday, Friday, January 7, 8, 11, 2019
Junior 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.


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 14, 2019.
  • Students are encouraged to wear appropriate and comfortable clothing during Retreat Week activities. As a reminder, attire should reflect good taste and appropriateness for a school setting as outlined in the Parent/Student Handbook.
  • The OLP Library will be open for regularly scheduled hours on Tuesday, January 8th thru Thursday, January 10th (7 am - 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 7th or Friday, January 11, 2019. 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 a chaperone.
  • Permission slips will be passed out at class meetings on Tuesday, December 4, 2018. Completed permission slips are due to each student’s religion teacher by Wednesday, December 12, 2108. Please be sure to note any special medical needs or allergy concerns on the permission slip.
  • All students should bring a reusable water bottle with them for any retreat days that take place at OLP. As part of our commitment to be good stewards of our Earth, plastic water bottles will not be available.
  • Students should also apply sunscreen. Phones are welcome; however, students will be asked to silence and put away their phones during all programming to enhance the overall sense of community.
  • Please read the details of your class retreat experience to see if you need to bring a lunch with you. Most days of the retreat include snacks and various meals.