Welcome to the Freshman Formation and Ministry home page. For additional information on freshman programs, please contact Sara Spittler, our First Years Chaplain, at sara.spittler@ignatius.org. For a complete faculty and staff contact list, please visit our Contact Info page.


Freshman year is an exciting, yet challenging time of transition. The First Years Chaplain supports freshmen in their spiritual growth through this important stage in their lives. Worship, prayer, and service lay at the heart of this journey.

Freshman Family Liturgy

The Freshman-Sophomore Family Mass and Reception on Sunday, September 10, 2017 in Holy Family Church at 12:00 pm will be an opportunity for freshman and their families to gather together to celebrate the new school year.

CORPUS: The Freshman Retreat

Corpus: The Freshman Retreat is a student-led one-day retreat integrating off-campus service with on-campus small group activities. Senior Arrupe Mentors guide the freshmen through discussions, liturgy, and various activities.

Theme: Founded on the Guiding Scriptural passage (1 Corinthians 12), the Freshman Retreat builds up the Body of Christ, the body of the school, and the body of the Class of 2021. Though they are made of many parts, they are one body!

Everybody counts. Everybody is a gift from God. Each individual body in the freshman class is important. Diverse as we are, freshmen are able to overcome differences, prejudices, stereotypes – and ultimately injustice – because of our unity in Christ. Christ is the One who unites us and empowers us to live as one body for the good of others.

The service activities on the morning of the retreat may be the first opportunity freshmen have to see the Body of Christ in other people (children, the poor, professionals, etc.) Really noticing the Body of Christ in themselves and others can be a difficult, yet rewarding, challenge.

Friendship with God is nurtured through individual friendships and prayer. Once we realize that we are Christ’s Body, we are able to better serve and love each other.

The mission statement of our school community expands upon the themes of unity, diversity, and service – all centered around the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Through this retreat, we hope to allow the freshmen to see these themes clearly and to understand what SICP is all about.

Service is an integral component of Freshman Retreat. Every student participates in a morning of service at a non-profit agency in the city of Chicago. Students will earn three hours of service credit for their participation.

The retreat will be held at Saint Ignatius College Prep on Wednesday, October 11, 2017.

Freshman Service Commitment

Freshmen are required to complete ten hours of service. Three hours of service may be completed during Freshman Retreat. The remaining hours are completed at sites approved by Formation and Ministry.

Pre-Approval Requirement

All students must have their service sites pre-approved in Formation and Ministry. Once a site is approved, the student must follow the instructions for tracking hours on x2VOL.com. The Formation and Ministry office is located on the third floor next to Room 330.

Freshmen are required to complete at least half of their requirements by Tuesday, November 28, 2017 in the first semester. All service hours for the 2017-2018 school year must be completed by Tuesday, April 10, 2018!

Students can visit their class chaplain any time for support!