As a man of St. Thomas, you are required to
attend a very special retreat at some point during
your junior year.
While this can seem like a boring requirement at
first, if you go into it with an open mind you will
be amazed how fulfilling this retreat is.
This retreat bounds you closer to your classmates, faculty and God.
“Junior retreat is the most important retreat for students,” Director of Campus Ministry Martin
Matulia said. “It is an overnight stay with your classmates where you build a better community in a
The retreat is very secretive and few things are let out of the center after the retreat is over so students
may share anything without judgement or gossip.
“This retreat makes students think about their relationships and gives them a better understanding in
their faith, family and what their classmates are going through by the great talks and activities on the
retreat,” Matulia said.
When you are at the retreat center with some of your classmates, you will be guided by some senior
leaders and some faculty that comes later on throughout the day.
Senior leaders will help you through some of the activities and will offer great expertise since they
have gone through the retreat already and enjoyed it so much that they decided to come back again
after their junior year was over.
“It was a really nice experience to help fellow juniors,” said senior leader Ben Hanks. “It was so
different compared to my experience when I was a junior. Now I truly understand what our
brotherhood is all about here at St. Thomas.”
How can going on some spiritual retreat out in the woods down on I-45 make a single difference in
The answer is simple. Students were able to have the opportunity to grow closer to their brothers
while learning more about themselves and their spirituality.
This is what some of the juniors had to say about the first junior retreat that was in September.
“It was a very eye opening experience,” said junior Nick Baizan. “I was able to connect with my class
on a deeper level than the usual hallway chat.”
“I was able to get closer to God as well as my Eagle brothers which is a lot different from my old high
school, The Woodlands High School,” junior Brandon Belloni said. “It made me feel at home and
This is a long standing and great tradition at St. Thomas that has gone on for many years.
This is where the brotherhood that St. Thomas is all about shines at its brightest, and we come closer
to God and our fellow brothers by coming together as class in this spiritual setting.