Saragossa Day Retreat Center
Chaminade High School
Built in 2015, Saragossa is the
newest addition to the Mineola campus at Chaminade High School. The retreat center
serves as modern space where students can continue to pursue relationships with
both their peers and their faith.
Named after Saragossa, Spain, the
city in which Blessed William Joseph Chaminade took sanctuary during a period
of turmoil in France. While in Saragossa, Father Chaminade established his
religious order, the Marianists. Saragossa hosts Homeroom-based day retreats
for freshmen and sophomores.
Sitting adjacent to the AAC, Saragossa boasts three floors of
accommodations for students participating in a retreat. The kitchen and eating
area is found in the basement. Next, the main floor sports a giant living room
with four different seating areas for each discussion group to converse about
the topics presented at the retreat and compete in faculty-led games. Finally,
the top floor houses a spectacular chapel with seating for approximately 50
people. The chairs and altar sit before a grand window, which is subject to a
beautiful ray of sunlight in the afternoon. Making Saragossa all the more
beautiful and educationally opportune are posters and facts of Blessed Father
Chaminade’s religious journey throughout Europe.