Kairos is a well-known retreat for high school and college students based on the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius, the founder of the Jesuits. The mission of Kairos is to create an environment away, a moment in "God's time," in which participants may be awakened to the ever-present love of God and come to an awareness of "God in all things."
The Kairos experience emphasizes peer ministry, Christian leadership, support, and community. The witnesses given on Kairos are grounded in and centered on the revelation of God's love for us through the people and experiences in our lives.
In this four-day program, prayer and the sacraments are central and are complemented with community, discussion, and reflection. The goals of the Kairos program are:
- For students to grow in relationship with God; a God they will meet in the people of their everyday and in life's ups and downs.
- For students to see the deep connection between their own life's journey, the call to justice and the unconditional love of their God.
- To build a sense of community among students.
- To enable students to hear significant life stories that lead them to reflect upon their own lives.
- For students to grow in appreciation of their own self-worth.
- For students to be better able to see the difficult times of life in balance and perspective and as a possibility/opportunity for personal growth.