University Students

University activities develop leadership qualities, attain a broad human awareness of today's culture and enlarge and strengthen friendships in a relaxed and open setting.

Activities include cultural and social gatherings, local outings, study weekends, local and international service projects, community outreach, volunteering, spiritual formation and many other events.

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University Students: General Activities

  • Volunteer activities
  • Weekly anthropology talks on university campus
  • Weekly spiritual activities at Heathgrove on a Fridays afternoons/evenings (Start with 4pm dinner $7/pp)
  • UNIV Congress - Seeking a solid education in a liquid society (Details TBC)
  • Study Weekend - Dates TBC.

Spiritual Activities

Spiritual activities include recollections, retreats and a variety of doctrinal and apologetic talks offered at Heathgrove for those who want to deepen their understanding of the faith.

Retreats for University Students

Weekend retreats are a time to reflect and make resolutions for the future. They offer daily Mass, time for personal prayer, reflections and talks on central themes related to living the Christian life within the specific circumstances of ordinary life. Opportunities for confession and personal spiritual direction are also available.

Retreats begin on Friday night at 6.30pm and finish on Sunday afternoon at 7.30pm (times of departure from and arrival at Heathgrove).

They are held at Castlemaine Study Centre and cost $180/pp.

For more information and dates, please contact Carmen Pavia at

2021 Retreat Dates

  • 30 April 2021 - 2 May 2021
  • 13 August - 15 August 2021
  • 15 October - 17 October 2021


Best explained as an abbreviated retreat, a recollection allows one to take a step back from the hustle and bustle of daily life, so as to renew one's relationship with God. It also offers the opportunity to reassess and renew resolutions and bring a fresh outlook for living well.

Recollections are approximately 2 hours in length and include: a talk on Christian life, prayer led by a priest, benediction and opportunity for confessions.

Recollections take place on the third Friday of the month.

2021 Recollection Dates

  • 19 February
  • 19 March
  • 23 April
  • 21 May
  • 18 June
  • 23 July
  • 20 August
  • 17 September
  • 22 October
  • 19 November