University Ministry

Retreats and Koinonia

Reflect. Renewal. Community Building.

Lewis University Ministry offers a variety of spiritual, religious and community-building programs to assist the members of our community to grow into the persons God calls us to be.



Koinonia LI: October 31-November 2, 2014
Koinonia LII: March 27-29, 2015

This relaxing student-led retreat held at the LaSalle Manor in Plano, Ill. helps students form a community of friends in a quiet environment to help reflect on their lives and get a chance to see God in a whole new way.

Contact: Steve Zlatic or Joseph Preston.

"Koinonia made a crazy positive impact on my life. I made more than 100 new friends, easy. It was also a great opportunity for me to learn and understand the different faiths around my campus and, in turn, help strengthen my faith."
- Andrew Koomen

EPIC Camping Trip

Epic Camping Trip

(Each Person in Community)
April 24-25, 2015

This off campus overnight camping retreat will help you feel a sense of community here at Lewis.

  • Overnight camping at Starved Rock State Park
  • Tents, fire, marshmallows, and fellow Lewis University Students
  • Learn the importance of your role community in your Lewis community and your community at home

Contact: Joseph Preston.

EPIC Busy Person's Retreat

(Each Person in Contemplation)
February 15-19, 2015

This powerful on-campus four-day retreat will meet you where you are.
  • 30 minutes a day with a spiritual companion and alone in prayer
  • Powerful experience for those willing to give it their all
  • Great opportunity to reflect on your busy life and a chance to "get away" from it all for awhile

Contact: Joseph Preston.

EPIC Lent Experience

(Each Person in Christ)
March 14, 2015

This retreat focuses around Lent, specifically the Stations of the Cross.

  • Trip to the Life Sized Stations of the Cross in St. John, Indiana to see a portrayal of the Passion of Jesus’ death
  • Reflective questions from the team leaders revolving around the Lent season

Contact: Joseph Preston.

FYI - First Year Interaction

First Year Interaction
September 20, 2014

Take a break with this one-day event to meet other first-year students, participate in exciting team challenges and talk about your hopes for your college experience.
  • Student-led event
  • Great way to meet new friends
  • Have fun while discovering your purpose at Lewis

Contact: Jennifer Rutherford.

DSCVR Vocation Retreat

March 13-14, 2015 Frankfort, Illinois (Camp Manitoqua and Retreat Center)

This retreat is an opportunity for sophomores to enjoy a weekend off campus where they can focus on God’s invitation for their lives.  They will benefit through stories from those who are farther on the journey, brainstorming with peers about passions and gifts, and receiving encouragement and tools for discernment.

Contact Jennifer Rutherford.

Heritage Experiences

Taking Care of Your Temple - October 16, 2013, 6-8 pm

Kwanzaa - November 21, 2013, 5-8 pm

Celebrate your African American heritage while addressing common challenges and exploring your Christian faith.

  • Student-led experiences
  • Reflections, small groups, music and outside speakers
  • Gospel Brunch
Contact: Br. Moses Abunya, FSC.

Heritage Experiences

Dia de los Muertos - November 6, 2013, 5-8 pm

Celebrate your Latino/a heritage while addressing common challenges and exploring your Christian faith.

  • Student-led experiences
  • Reflections, small groups, music and outside speakers
Contact Br. Paul Joslin, FSC.

Contact with any questions or to sign up.


What is Koinonia?