First Year Retreat Experience

FYRE (First Year Retreat Experience) is a retreat exclusively for first year students at CSB/SJU that opens the doors to the faith community at the colleges. Through discussion and testimonials, first years are able to address their faith lives and relationship with God in the context of college. First years explore their identities during the transition into college and examine how God fits into their changing lives. FYRE provides first years a community of their peers with whom they can rely on throughout this process.


What Previous Retreatants Had to Say About FYRE

It was awesome! It helped affirm and build up my faith while giving me a chance to meet others. Also provided me with an opportunity to leave all the distractions of campus life.

FYRE 2013

Currently taking applications for the FYRE 2015 Leadership Team!

As a member of the FYRE family, you will be part of the highest attendance retreat CSB/SJU offers. Not only does being a part of this team look great on a resume, but it gives you a chance to continue your own exploration of faith while helping first years to do the same. We need open-hearted individuals from all faith backgrounds who are willing to share their faith as musicians, small-group facilitators, or photographers. There are various leadership roles throughout the weekend including, but not limited to: giving a talk about your personal faith journey, leading healthy risk-taking activities, cooking a meal or two, leading reflections, and more! Even if you have never been involved in FYRE before, take this opportunity to rekindle your faith and apply today! Questions? Email SJU Campus Ministry at