Arche 2019

Arche means "beginning" or "source of action" in Greek. Join fellow grad students from the Tri-State area to begin our semester with a weekend of fun, friendship, and engaging with God on how he is shaping us in our respective fields of study.

At this year's Arche, we will deepen our understanding of the ways the Christian faith has impacted the world and what that means for our own sense of calling now. We will focus on processing how our faith shapes our respective fields of work and then how we can communicate our personal calling. We hope to all leave the weekend with a stronger sense of God's call for our fields, with a framework on how to articulate it to others, and with some new friends!

The event will be held at St. Mary's Abbey Retreat Center in Morristown, New Jersey, about an hour out of New York City by public transportation.


$50 deposit required to register

Conference Price:
$215 for all Grad Students


Registration is open!

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Please do not let financial need stop you from attending. Scholarships are available. If you are in need of financial assistance, please contact your campus staff or the Retreat Registrar, Trevor Agatsuma.

If you would like to give so that more grad students can be encouraged by this conference, please click here to make a tax-deductible donation today or select the donate option when you register. Donations through the registration system are available in increments of $10 so to donate $50, select a quantity of 5. Please note that donations made during registration are not tax deductible.


Arrive between 5:30 and 7 pm so you don't miss the pizza night! Please plan to pick up lunch after the conference ends Sunday at 1 pm.

The schedule below is tentative. We appreciate your flexibility as we continue to pray, plan, and shape the details. 


  • Arrive 5:30-7pm (Pizza will be provided!)
  • 7pm Ice Breaker
  • 7:30pm Christians who Impacted Their Field
  • 9pm Free Time


  • 8:30am  Breakfast
  • 9:30am  Contemplative prayer
  • 9:45am  (45 min) Lecture: How Christianity Has Impacted the World
  • 10:00am Small Group Conversations (by academic field)
  • 12:30pm Lunch
  • 2-5:30pm Free Time with Optional Fun Activities
  • 5:30pm   Dinner Saturday
  • 7:00pm   How to Thrive as a Grad Student
  • 7:30-9pm Prayer/Worship 
  • 9:00pm    Free Time 


  • 9-10am   Breakfast
  • 10:30am Prayer and Worship
  • 10:00am Sharing and Debriefing (in small groups by campus)
  • Departure time Sunday to be determined