Campus Ministry

Memories from O'Dwyer Retreat House

Today in Campus Ministry:


This morning's candle-lighting ritual and Mass were very well-attended.  Our students have been incredibly supportive of our student who lost her father this week.  After Mass was over about 14 of Rachel's friends stayed behind to talk about what to expect today and tomorrow at the funeral home and at the funeral Mass, and to share their thoughts and concerns. It was a wonderful sharing.

After we finished our young people spontaneously gathered in a tight circle by the altar and prayed aloud for each member of this JC family.  This is what is called a "ministry moment" and it was filled with such grace.  The Holy Spirit is moving in wonderful ways among our students.

Thank you for your prayers and support too.

Mrs. Patti Murphy Dohn
Campus Minister

Retreat Program                                                                                              

The retreat program at John Carroll is designed to enable students to get in touch with their relationship with God, others, and themselves. It is an opportune time to explore and discuss adolescent issues, development, choices, and decision-making. The four-year retreat program is a graduation requirement. Campus Minister's Blog


The freshmen retreat program is held on the John Carroll campus during the second semester.
Brad and Gene from APeX Ministries have directed this retreat for a number of years.
Check out their website:  Apex Ministries


During sophomore year we offer service retreats for the students. Small groups of students go to Our Daily Bread, the largest soup kitchen in Maryland, to serve the guests. The staff and volunteers at ODB serve a quarter million meals per year.

Note: The following schedule will be followed by the small Sophomore groups attending Our Daily Bread as part of their mandatory retreat requirement for Graduation.


Leave JC after Morning Prayer by mini-bus to work at ODB from 9 am to 1 pm including our lunch break there. Return to JC by 2 pm and have processing session with Reflection time in the Chapel until about 2:45 p.m.

Dress Code - Neat jeans or khakis with John Carroll uniform shirts and sneakers.

Final Requirement - Typed meaningful reflection on the service which was performed that day:

•How has your service benefited those who are less fortunate?
•What impact has this service made on you, your values, your beliefs?
•What does this mean for you in the future?

Due to the Campus Minister by email:  no later than fourteen (14) days after your visit to ODB.


All juniors attend an overnight retreat at the Msgr. O’Dwyer Retreat House in Sparks, MD. This facility serves the youth of the Archdiocese of Baltimore. There are four different retreats scheduled for juniors during the months of October, November, and December


The seniors attend a full-class overnight retreat in which has been held in recent years at the Doubletree Conference Center (formerly Willow Valley Conference Center) in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.