Part of the requirement for every Confirmation program in the Archdiocese is a RETREAT!!
A retreat is more than just a field trip with Church friends, its a an opportunity to break away from the normal and everyday in order to ready one's self for an intimate experience of Christ. A person can fill their head with lots of facts in a class... but a retreat fills the heart. It gives an opportunity to engage the person of Jesus, free of the world's distractions. We do not come to love God simply by learning about Him. It is by experiencing him in encounters such as a retreat that we are brought into true relationship.