Retreat is an intrinsic part of the Catholic Christian life.  Retreats give us the opportunity to remove ourselves from the noise of life and to enter into a quiet space with God.  Students attend a retreat each year at Saint Basil Academy.  The cost for freshman, sophomore, and junior retreats is covered in your tuition cost.  The cost for senior retreat is covered in your senior fee.

Freshman and Sophomore Retreats

Freshmen and sophomore year, students attend a one-day in the retreat at the Basilian Spirituality Center, located at the Motherhouse of the Sisters of the Order of Saint Basil the Great.  Students hear from speakers, sing praise and worship music, attend Divine Liturgy, and have the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  Freshman retreat is in the fall, and Sophomore retreat is in the winter.

Freshman Retreat: September 30, 2019
Sophomore Retreat: December 9, 2019

Junior Retreat

Juniors attend an off-campus, one-day retreat in the spring.  This retreat varies from year to year.  Junior retreat could entail a day of service or a visit to a religious site or shrine.

April 5, 2020 at the Basilian Spirituality Center

Senior Retreat: Koinonia

Seniors attend a retreat especially written for the students of Saint Basil Academy named “Koinonia.”  Koinonia is a Greek word found in the New Testament that means “Christian fellowship.”  This is a 2-night retreat held at Saint Raphaela Center in Haverford, PA.  Students are led by adult and student leaders.  This is an opportunity for the students to grow in relationship with Christ as well as their classmates.  Koinonia retreats offer seniors the opportunity to be away from the distractions and normal routines of ordinary life and to focus in on God.

Seniors have the option of attending Koinonia in the fall or spring.  Student leaders are selected by an application process.  If a student wants to apply to lead in the fall of their senior year, they must attend first as a junior in the spring.  If a student wants to apply to lead in the spring of their senior year, they must first attend fall Koinonia.

Koinonia III: November 13-15, 2019

Koinonia IV: March 4-6, 2020

Additional Retreat Opportunities

Each summer, a group of students from Saint Basil Academy attends a Youth Conference hosted by Franciscan University of Steubenville.  These conferences occur in dozens of cities all over the country throughout the summer.  This is an opportunity for students to meet and worship with over thousands of fellow teens from all over the world.  Students hear from renowned Catholic speakers, participate in Mass, Reconciliation, and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.


We believe in challenging students to form personal moral values based on Christian teaching, thus deepening the students’ understanding of Christ and their call to faith in Him.