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McDonell High School students participate in one retreat each year. The retreats focus on the spiritual growth of the students in the high school and provide an opportunity for each student to grow in their relationship with Christ. Notre Dame Middle School students also have the opportunity for an annual retreat pending retreat team availability.

The purpose of a retreat is to step outside of the day-to-day routine and have a chance to grow in our relationship with God. It is a time to pray and reflect on God's will for us and to step outside of our comfort zone in order to help cultivate a thriving relationship with God in our daily lives. Retreats also provide a setting for students to grow in their relationship with their classmates and build up the McDonell community.