Recognizing that, in the peace of our hearts, we grow closer to God, Chaminade offers its students the opportunity to attend several retreats during their four years at the school. Each freshman and sophomore homeroom attends a day retreat at the Saragossa Retreat Center on the Chaminade campus; students in upper divisions may participate in retreats at Meribah. Clubs, teams, and activities may also utilize Saragossa, Meribah, or upstate Founders Hollow. Retreats present times away from the classroom when students may develop a greater connection to God, each other, and the world around them.
Saragossa is Chaminade’s newest retreat house -- located adjacent to the Activity-Athletic Center. All freshmen and sophomores attend a homeroom day retreat here. The house is named for Saragossa, Spain – the city where Blessed William Joseph Chaminade sought exile during the French Revolution and the received the inspiration to form the Society of Mary at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Pillar.
Meribah is located on 15 acres in Muttontown, N.Y. Meribah provides an atmosphere of quiet recollection that is most conducive to retreats, days of recollection, workshops, and other school-related activities. Annual retreat programs for students from all divisions are conducted during the week. Retreats for activities or teams take place on weekends or at other times throughout the year. Select juniors and seniors, known as “Apostles,” assist the underclass retreat programs as service personnel and leaders of discussions and prayer services. In addition to the retreat programs, other organizations and activities of Chaminade High School may use the facilities for work weekends, workshops, seminars and training programs of an educational nature.