Campus Ministry yearly Obsculta retreat


Senior Mass -
Sunday, May 3 - 7 p.m. at the Abbey Church. Blessing and distribution of St. Benedict medals to all present graduating students.

Sacrament of Reconciliation -
Sundays before Mass: 6:15 – 6:45 p.m. in the monastic reconciliation room. Also available by appointment.

Uprising - (prayer, praise and song) Mondays at 8 p.m. in the Burton Addition

Residence Hall Mass -
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. in the Burton Addition

Rosary prayer group -
Thursdays at 9 p.m. in the Spangler prayer room

Contact information

Jonathan Dwyer, M.T.S., M.A.
Director of Campus Ministry
Office phone: 360-412-6152

Campus Ministry retreats

Retreats provide students with the opportunity to withdraw from the pressures and obligations of our normal routines in order to experience the love of God and the love of neighbor in the context of community.


Obsculta is Campus Ministry's signature retreat. It is a three-day experience for upper classmen at Saint Martin's University. Led by a team of students, faculty, and staff, participants enter into reflections and discussions with each other and with team leaders. The retreat is held at the Gwinwood Retreat Conference Center in Lacey, Washington. Obsculta means "listen" in Latin and is the first word of the Rule of Saint Benedict: "Listen carefully, my child, to my instructions, and attend to them with the ear of your heart." During this retreat, participants listen to themselves, listen to each other, and listen to God, however they understand God. This retreat is open to students of all faiths and no faith who are open to having a spiritual experience in the context of a supportive community.

Other retreats

Other retreat opportunities are available to students throughout the year at Lambert Lodge - a cabin the monks of Saint Martin's Abbey own at Cooper Point on the Puget Sound. Contact the Campus Ministry office for more information.