The Rostro de Cristo Retreat Program has offered over 3,000 participants from high schools, universities, parishes and seminaries an opportunity to be immersed in communities where Rostro de Cristo volunteers live for a period of seven days to two weeks. We welcome your retreat group!

Emphasis is placed on being with members of the local community rather than doing for them, building relationships, and developing a greater understanding of the reality of communities on the margins, through visits and dialogue.

Rostro de Cristo works with various partners which retreat participants may visit. In addition, Rostro de Cristo has founded and runs after-school programs, which groups visit and participate in.

Retreat participants share activities to maintain living quarters, including trips to the local market, cooking and cleaning. Groups are invited to participate in parish liturgy and make time for daily prayer and reflection.

It is our hope that through these experiences, young people will touch, taste, smell, see and feel how the developing world lives and be forever changed. The retreat program is thus devoted to inspiring life-long commitments to service, faith and social justice. 

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Recent Participants in Rostro de Cristo’s Retreat Program in Ecuador


Santa Clara University (Santa Clara, CA)

St. John Paul II High School (Barnstable, MA)

Assumption College (Worcester, MA)

St. Joseph’s University (Philadelphia, PA)

Manhattan College (Bronx, NY)

Boston College (Chestnut Hill, MA)

College of Idaho (Caldwell, ID)

St. John’s Preparatory School (Danvers, MA)

St. John’s High School (Shrewsbury, MA)

Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles, CA)

Catholic University of America (Washington, DC)

Fordham University (Bronx, NY)

Notre Dame Prep School (Fitchburg, MA)

Fairfield Preparatory School (Fairfield, CT)

Gonzaga University (Spokane, WA)

Cabrini University (Radnor, PA)

John Carroll University (University Heights, OH)

Merrimack College (North Andover, MA)

Lake Catholic High School (Mentor, OH)

Walsh Jesuit High School (Cuyahoga Falls, OH) 

Xavier High School (New York, NY)

Magnificat High School (Rocky River, OH)

St. Ignatius College Prep (Chicago, IL)