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New student retreat

All new students are welcome at the overnight Vigils retreat on September 15-16. Led by returning students, this time away from campus invites new students to encounter others and make strong relationships in the SMU community, listen to talks about faith and college life, enjoy outdoor activities in a beautiful retreat setting, and spend personal time in prayer and reflection. 

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Students at the New Student Retreat sit and stand on a dock stretching out into the lake, making hearts with their hands on a sunny day


Obsculta is a retreat for Saint Martin's University students who are seeking an intentionally rich spiritual experience. This weekend opportunity is led by a team of students, faculty and staff, inviting participants to enter into reflections and discussions with each other guided by supportive team leaders.

Obsculta means "listen" in Latin and is the first word of the Rule of Saint Benedict: "Listen carefully, my child, to my instructions, and attend to them with the ear of your heart." During this retreat, participants listen to themselves, listen to each other, and listen to God, however they understand God.

This retreat is open to students of all faiths and no faith who are open to having a spiritual experience in the context of a supportive community.

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Office of Campus Ministry

Campus Ministry at Saint Martin’s University accompanies and supports you as you explore and grow spiritually through experiences that are rooted in our core values of faith, reason, service and community. Together with our monastic community, student affairs and academic partners, community-based volunteer and immersion service opportunities, we are dedicated to hospitality for all without exception, as we promote and share the many gifts flowing from our Benedictine charism and Catholic faith.