Join us for the Awakening Retreat

The Awakening Retreat program is sponsored by University Ministry for OLLU students. The retreat is held twice in the academic year.  Once in November and again in April. After making the retreat, students are eligible to serve as a member of the team sponsoring the next retreat weekend.

Nov. 14-16, 2014 (Fall)
April 10-12, 2015 (Spring)

If you would like to know more about the retreat, give us a call or email us at

Register online for the next Awakening Retreat

What Is The Awakening?

The Awakening Retreat is a Christian faith retreat program open to anyone of any faith background interested in building a relationship with God. It is based loosely on the Cursillo and Search retreat models. 

This Retreat is a weekend retreat for college students. The staff of the retreat consists of students currently enrolled at Our Lady of the Lake University. Students from other universities and colleges also assist on staff. The purpose of the Awakening Retreat is to provide an opportunity for students to discover and rediscover God in their lives through shared experiences.

It is a great way to meet life-long friends as well as re-awaken a sense of God's love for each and every one of us.

  • Faith Development
    • The success of the Awakening Retreat is dependent on the witness talks that are shared by students. There is a discovery of how God has worked in lives through the challenges of living a life like a Christian, unveiling the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and exploring ways to pray.
  •  Community Building
    • The greatest joy about the Awakening retreat is the opportunity for community building. This can be understood in the words of a student who has attended the retreat.
    • “The Awakening Retreat made it possible for me to meet new people who share in the same desire for loving God. It was most helpful getting to know others who go through the same things I go through and know that I am not alone” - Jacob Castrejana, OLLU junior.
    • The Awakening Retreat will provide life-long friendships that enable students to know they have a community that prays and supports them throughout their time at OLLU and beyond.

History of Awakening Retreats
The first Awakening retreat was held in 1974 at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana. In 1983, LSU gave the Awakening to the Aggies at Texas A&M University, which is likely the largest, continuously-running Awakening retreat program in the country (they have had 85 consecutive Aggie Awakenings!). Awakening is currently running in about 20 universities in the United States.  We just completed our 46th Awakening Retreat at Our Lady of the Lake University


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