Spiritual Development

“The essential is the interior”

This famous phrase by our Founder, Blessed Fr. Chaminade, guides our efforts to provide a variety of opportunities for reflective, meditative and contemplative practices for students and members of the campus community.  University Ministry strives to foster “personal growth in community” following the example of Marianist communities throughout the world.

Our Marianist tradition encourages each person to find a regular time and place to spend quiet time for prayer and meditation that will help us to “keep the most important things in mind”.  Through our retreat ministry, different experiences are available throughout the year:  a busy-person personal retreat format, one-day reflections on campus, overnight and weekend retreats off campus.  To nurture the interior life is one of the most challenging but also most rewarding practice during college years.  Come and see!

Mission Statement for Retreat Ministry

In accordance with its mission to enhance personal development through community involvement, University Ministry provides retreats throughout the academic year which target specific groups within the St. Mary’s community. Each retreat offers something different for those who have different needs and experiences.


Rattler Awakening XIX Retreat

DATE  September 25-27, 2015 | Cost: $75

This Cursillo-based retreat is implemented for and by the students of St. Mary’s University. Retreatants are invited to take time to consider a commitment to a life of faith and how we are called to integrate our faith in all we do.  Rattler Awakening has become a true and proven tradition at St. Mary’s University as the largest retreat program on campus.

Please contact Bro. Jose J. Matos Auffant, S.M. for more information, or call 210-436-3785.

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Minister for Spiritual Development