Marquette Experience Retreat

November 11-13, 2022
March 31 - April 2, 2023


One of Marquette’s longest-running retreats, the Marquette Experience retreat (also known as MUEX) is a community-oriented weekend rooted in the Ignatian values that shape Marquette University. The retreat focuses on two major topics:

  • What has my Marquette experience been like so far? How am I called to carry it forward?
  • How can Ignatian values draw me closer to God and into greater authenticity in my life?

Ignatian values come to life through students’ stories, small group conversations, and compelling activities and prayers unique to MUEX. If you’re trying to figure out how to live more fully at Marquette, or how to proceed as you look ahead to work, graduate school, and generally life after MU, MUEX may be exactly what you need.


Frequently Asked Questions

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What do you mean by "Ignatian values"?

MUEX is based on St. Ignatius' First Principle and Foundation, which is a kind of mission statement he laid out envisioning what life, love, and relationship with God are all about. The talks and activities on retreat focus on different elements of the First Principle, ranging from Discernment to Gratitude to Ignatian Indifference and more. You'll end the retreat knowing much more about these values and how you might want to apply them to your own life.

What is the retreat schedule like?

Retreatants board the bus on Friday and drive about 45 minutes to the retreat center. MUEX begins with introductions, time in a small group that you'll revisit over the course of the weekend, and an opening prayer. From there, the retreat generally follows a rhythm: a student talk on an Ignatian value, an activity that relates to that value, and time for discussion in small group. There is a good amount of free time along the way as well as optional opportunities for Reconciliation, Mass, and various group games.


Open to:
Sophomore through graduate students of all faiths. Because the retreat format assumes that participants have already had some experience at Marquette, we ask first-year students to wait until at least sophomore year.


Retreat Location:
Lutherdale Ministries - Elkhorn, WI

Lutherdale is a camp/retreat center environment located on the Lauderdale Lakes. There’s abundant land to walk and explore, a perfect view of the lake, big sports fields, and a large chapel. The retreat center features comfortable bedrooms and multiple lounges for games, music, and hanging out.


Meet at Campus Ministry (AMU 236) at 5:00 pm on Friday.
We will return to campus at noon on Sunday.


Retreat Cost:
$20, which covers transportation, food and lodging. Financial assistance is readily available; see the Retreat FAQ page for more information. 


Registration for the Marquette Experience Retreat is closed. Registration for the spring MUEX retreat will open in February. is


For any questions or for further information, please contact:
Sara Knutson
Campus Ministry, AMU 236
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881
(414) 288-3689