St Edmund’s College runs a number of retreats throughout the year that focus on different groups of people within the community.
Student retreats are considered an integral part of the faith formation of students. They provide an opportunity for students to hear the gospel message in a new way. Peer to peer ministry is an important aspect of a retreat and as such, our student retreats are led by the College’s Senior Youth Ministry Teams.
The College also supports family retreats, which are designed to encourage and support families in the Christian formation of their children. Family retreats are conducted every semester and aim to provide an opportunity for families to spend time together, reflect on the importance of strength in family and to help build love for God and for one another.
Staff members are crucial to supporting faith formation within the College. Staff members pray together at a meeting on a Monday morning and participate in an annual retreat. In addition to this, they take part in EREA formation programs. Beyond the College, staff are encouraged to complete appropriate qualifications and participate in the broader Catholic and Christian community.
In order to further develop the faith formation activities of the school, a Mission Team consisting of the Principal, Director of Mission, Religious Education Coordinator, College Chaplain and other staff meet regularly to pray and develop the key elements of mission at the College.
The College regularly celebrates liturgies that are designed to be a celebration of faith by the believing community. Year Groups and Religious Education classes also gather regularly for liturgical celebrations. These liturgies are typically seen as opportunities for student leadership and the College’s Youth Ministry Teams play a major role in organisation of the events.
Blessed Edmund Rice once said: “Be intent on prayer and whatever may happen will turn to our good.”
Prayer is a focal point within the college community; it is considered an integral part of Religious Education lessons, and takes part in these classes.