Leaven: Incoming Students Retreat

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During Leaven, I became comfortable and grew to love the new place I would call home,
and I discovered all the ways I could be involved on campus while living out my faith.

- Kayla Garchar, Class of 2019

Leaven 2022

Apply now at this link!

Dates: July 18th (beginning at 1:00 p.m.) - July 21st, 2022 (concluding at 12:00 p.m.)

Location: On campus; participants will have lodging in a university residence hall

Open to: All first-year or transfer students (all faith backgrounds welcome)

Cost: There is no cost to attend Leaven. However, participants are asked to cover their transportation to and from campus in July.

Application: The application will remain open through July 1st or until all spaces are filled. We have space for 25 participants. After this, interested participants will be added to a waitlist.

What to expect:

  • Connect with incoming students and current student leaders involved in Campus Ministry
  • Learn about ways to explore and deepen your faith while in college
  • Learn about the Catholic and Holy Cross identity in which the University is rooted
  • Hear from current students about their experiences transitioning to college, building a community, and growing in faith
  • Reflect in small groups, spend time in prayer, explore the connection between faith and service, and enjoy community-building activities
  • Stay in a residence hall and become familiar with UP's campus

Covid-19 information:

  • Please note that Leaven will follow all state, local, and university guidance around Covid-19. For the safety of our community, we will be asking all participants in Leaven to provide one of the following:
    • Documentation of full vaccination, which you will be able to upload via the Health and Counseling Center Portal
    • Documentation of negative Covid-19 test, administered no earlier than 72 hours prior to the participant's arrival to campus (e.g. If participant is arriving at 11:00 am on Monday, the test must have been administered no earlier than 11:00 am the Friday prior.)
  • As part of the on-campus immersion experience, participants will also be lodging in shared rooms (double-occupancy) in one of the university's residence halls.
Please contact Annie Boyle at boylea@up.edu with any questions.