High School Retreats and Pilgrimages
Just as Jesus needed to retreat and change His scenery to worship at His best sometimes, we too can benefit from getting away for a while to truly focus on God’s words to us and our hearts.
STM High School Youth Ministry offers retreats during the year — some local or on-site, and some at off site destinations. Retreats are some of the most powerful experiences proclaimed by participants and we invite you to a similar journey to grow closer to the Lord.
We also host occasional pilgrimages and we always take groups to World Youth Day.
Journey to Life (JTL)
Journey to Life (JTL) is arguably the most powerful retreat you could experience as a high school student through St. Thomas More. If you only go to one retreat, this should be it. With skits, small groups, games, and so much more, there’s never a dull moment. Explore different aspects of your faith and make lifelong friendships. Confession and Mass are provided at our off site destination. The retreat is offered the first weekend of November.
Spend quality time in God’s amazing creation on the Eastern Plains of Colorado. For three days, you can experience life in a community and grow closer to God. Serve with your teammates around the retreat area and dive deeper in to your faith through prayer, praise and worship, and help from the leadership team.
Life With a Mission
Summer (June). Incoming 6th-12th grade.
What better way to bring in the summer, than with our heart set on a special mission in Christ, and the momentum to live it out! All Middle and High School youth are invited to this week-long retreat that takes place at St. Thomas More, in mid-June. We kick-off on Sunday evening with Youth Mass and dinner together, and then we spend the next few evenings through Thursday by breaking into our theme nights. We conclude this roller-coaster of a week through Friday with our optional day-long trip to Elitch Gardens! We’re in for a week of fun and games in the sun, praise and worship, vibrant talks, and more.
*This retreat meets the requirements of Retreat Component for Middle School Confirmation preparation.
Steubenville of the Rockies
June 21-23, 2019. Incoming 9th-12th grade.
Steubenville of the Rockies is a Catholic conference retreat with over 2,500 high school youth! The love and person of Christ truly comes alive through an exciting group of speakers, musicians, and presenters. You will get to spend time actually engaging with the Holy Spirit and recognizing the presence of God, understanding the amazing love of Christ in his sacrifice for you, and deepen your relationship with God through the Sacraments as the highlight of the weekend.
This is the place to be if you are just beginning your walk with Christ, if you need strength to continue the journey, and if you are ready to rejoice in the many blessings you have been given by our loving God.
Located at the DIA Crowne Plaza (about 30 minutes from St. Thomas More).
World Youth Day (WYD)
World Youth Day was created by Pope John Paul II to inspire the youth around the world to follow Christ and live in His teachings. It is held every 2-3 years in different locations around the world. There was even one held in Denver in 1993! This event unites cultures from around the world in one singular event. Meet new people and experience one of the most powerful Catholic youth events you may only experience once in a lifetime!