Campus ministry and the religious studies department offer retreat programs for all four grade-levels. The retreats offer a chance for students to come away from the stress and hassles of the adolescent world. Prayer, community and fun are blended throughout the day for a lively spiritual experience.  

In addition to the required annual class retreats, several optional retreats are available. These include Spes Unica retreats, held three times each school year, and the annual Holy Cross Leadership Conference. 

Spes Unica Retreats

Offered three times a year, these optional, student-led weekend retreats are some of the most important and meaningful activities Hoban students experience. 

Hoban educators volunteer their time to chaperone the retreats, which are held at an off-site location. During Spes Unica retreats, students are asked to step away from technology for the weekend to focus on their relationship with God, themselves and those around them. Throughout the weekend, students learn about themselves and connect with peers. It's a time for students to pause, reset and refocus their priorities. It's a chance to heal. And it's an opportunity to make time to consider their relationship with God, their families and their friends. 

"We pray, we share, we discuss, we pray some more, we feel, we heal and we have a whole lot of fun," religious studies teacher Chris Fahey said. "They find that they enjoy the time to live in the moment. They find out that it is OK to be themselves. They don't have to live behind the mask that they have created for themselves. It really is an entire weekend of God's time."

Are they angels now? Certainly not. Will they still forget to do their homework? Absolutely. Will they forget to live our what they promised themselves? Some days. But, they all make an honest effort. They all take a chance. They make themselves vulnerable in front of their peers. They leave their comfort zone. 

"We have amazing kids in our midst," Fahey said. "They're still kids and they still have missteps. But, we are blessed to have the opportunity to be a part of their journey as members of our Hoban Holy Cross family."

Ave Crux Spes Unica! May we always work in our own ways to bring the hope of the Cross and Resurrection to our students and to our world.

Spes Unica made a huge impact on me spiritually. I built great relationships with many people that I would never have reached out to before this retreat.

- Ryan Henry ’19

No matter where you are in your faith, whether you are Catholic or another faith, Spes Unica offers all students the opportunity to enrich their personal faith lives, while offering time to listen to others' beliefs as well.

- Evelyn Thoman ’20

Spes Unica is all about learning more about each other and yourself, and helping each other through the weekend into the rest of our lives.

- Robert Bordenkircher ’20