January Salesian Leadership Retreat

The Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry coordinates the Salesian Leadership Retreats with parishes and schools that take place in January, March, and October. Our January Salesian Leadership Retreat is designed for young people from parishes, youth centers and Salesian works. These three leadership retreats provide a chance for introspection and community building; to increase the young person’s understanding of their mission as a leader, as well as their irreplaceable role and unique ability to be instruments of the Kingdom of God, as disciples in the Salesian spirit.

Through journaling, discussions, activities, prayer and personal witnesses, students experience a new awareness of themselves, others and God. Salesian Leadership Retreats are intended for students who have already demonstrated clear leadership abilities or potential and receptivity to religion. Students are elected to attend the retreat who are deemed able to envision goals for their schools/parishes and enact practical action steps to help their schools/parishes reach those goals. Through the prayerful setting of a Salesian retreat, youth are given the opportunity to step away from their normal routines and to have a new encounter with Jesus Christ, to build relationships, and to be encouraged to help transform the world in view of the Reign of God.

Important Dates/Information at a glance:

When: January 11th-13th, 2019
Where: Marian Shrine, 174 Filors Ln, Stony Point, NY 10980
Start Time: 6:30 PM on Friday, January 11th
End Time: 7:00 PM on Sunday, January 13th
Price: $225 Young Team

$190 Participants & Adult Chaperones

Registration Opens: August 1st
Registration Closes: November 30th
Late Fee: A $25 late fee will be applied after 11/30/18
Payment & Forms Due: 11/30/18

Participant Eligibility:

  • The January Salesian Leadership Retreat is an opportunity for young people who are active in their parish, youth center, or Salesian work to come together for prayer, activities, and community building. This opportunity is especially for our young people who do not attend a Salesian school and want to grow in leadership skills that reflect the Salesian charism
  • 9th – 12th grade.
  • 3 – 8 participants from parish, youth center, or work.
  • Participants do not have to be Catholic, but should be open to the Catholic faith, traditions, and liturgy.

Adult Chaperone Eligibility:

  • 21 Years of age or older.
  • In accordance with Safe Environment, every 8 young people must be accompanied by 1 chaperone. If your work is bringing 8 participants and 2 chaperones (total of 10 young people) they must be accompanied by at least 2 chaperones.


    • Payments
      • In order for registration to be complete, we must have payment and consent and release forms, any ministry without payment and consent and release forms will not be able to participate in the SLR.
      • Payment should be made via check to:
        Salesian Office of Youth Ministry
        Program Coordinator
        148 Main Street
        PO Box 639
        New Rochelle, NY 10802
    • Refunds

      • All cancellations must be submitted in writing form to the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry.
      • All refunds will take place 7-10 business days after the program is completed.
      • Cancellation 30 days prior to the start of the program: 50% refunded*
      • Cancellation 15 days prior to the start of the program: 0% refunded*
      • *All deposits, late registration, and any PayPal fees are non-refundable.

Transportation & Accommodations:

  • All those attending the retreat are responsible for arranging their own transportation to and from the retreat center. Newark Liberty International Airport is the closest airport to the Don Bosco Retreat Center.
  • Parking is available for anyone driving to the Retreat Center.
  • Arrangements should be made to arrive at the Retreat Center no later than 6:00 PM
  • Stays in the Don Bosco Retreat Center dormitory are included for the duration of the retreat- this includes Friday and Saturday. Anyone to arrange a stay before and/or after the retreat must contact the Don Bosco Retreat Center directly.
  • Please make us aware of any accomodations you may need during the duration of the retreat. If you have any special needs (physical, visual, hearing, or learning) please make us aware so that we can ensure you have a wonderful retreat experience.