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2023-24 Retreat Registration

Our 2023-24 retreats are open for registration. If you encounter any problems while trying to register, please call the office at 847-381-1261.

Please visit our page on Health & Safety Protocols to read about what we are doing to protect our staff and retreatants as well as what we expect of our in-person guests during their time at Bellarmine.

June 17, 2023 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Adults

Retreat Leader: Fr. Francisco Ortega Munoz
Retreat Title: Spanish Day of Prayer: La Humilidad de Dios

Puede sonar extraño hablar de la “humildad” de Dios. Si nos fijamos en la imagen de Dios que ha sido revelado en la persona de Jesús, vemos efectivamente que Dios es, antes que nada, humilde, cercano y sencillo. Durante este día de oración, trataremos de purificar nuestras imágenes de Dios, concentrándonos tanto en la belleza de la creación como en el misterio de la encarnación. Si llegamos a conocer el rostro humilde de nuestro Dios, nos quedará más claro cómo hemos de ser imagen de Dios y cómo ser discípulo de Jesús.

Favor de registrarse de antemano. Es necesario para que haya comida suficiente en el almuerzo y para cumplir con las normas de distanciamiento social. Gracias!

Program Cost: There is no cost for this retreat; free will donations accepted. Se aceptan donaciones. (includes Lunch)

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June 23-July 1, 2023
Individually Directed Retreats for Adults

Spiritual Directors: Bellarmine Jesuit Ministry Team and Additional Spiritual Directors
Retreat Title: June 23-July 1, 2023 Individually Directed Retreats

Come to the quiet of Bellarmine and take some time for yourself to get away from the distractions of life so you can read, write, catch up on sleep and pray.  Spiritual Direction is available upon request with advance notice at time of registration; Otherwise, the time is yours to pray and enjoy the serenity of the house and grounds. You may register for either five or eight days.

Registration requires a $100 deposit. The deadline to register is June 9th.

5-Day Individually Directed Retreat ($795)

8-Day Individually Directed Retreat ($1095)

Costs include all meals and spiritual direction. 

Learn more about the Spiritual Directors for these retreats here.

To review the questionnaire that we ask people to submit once registered, please download it here

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July 14-22, 2023
Individually Directed Retreats for Adults

Spiritual Directors: Bellarmine Jesuit Ministry Team and Additional Spiritual Directors
Retreat Title: July 14-22, 2023 Individually Directed Retreats

Come to the quiet of Bellarmine and take some time for yourself to get away from the distractions of life so you can read, write, catch up on sleep and pray.  Spiritual Direction is available upon request with advance notice at time of registration; Otherwise, the time is yours to pray and enjoy the serenity of the house and grounds. You may register for either five or eight days.

Registration requires a $100 deposit. The deadline to register is June 9th.

5-Day Individually Directed Retreat ($795)

8-Day Individually Directed Retreat ($1095)

Costs include all meals and spiritual direction. 

Learn more about the Spiritual Directors for these retreats here.

To review the questionnaire that we ask people to submit once registered, please download it here

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July 28-30, 2023
A Charismatic, Semi-Silent Weekend Retreat for Adults

Retreat Leader: Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ
Retreat Title: River of Healing Love | A Retreat for the Charismatic Community

Come bathe your heart and soul in the healing waters of Jesus’ love. 

Refresh your spirit as we gather as a charismatic community to pray for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon us, our city, our country, our Church, and our world. 

Featured speakers include Fr. Michael Sparough, SJ, and a talented team of other gifted speakers and inspiring musicians to be announced.

Groups Attending: Individuals

This retreat is currently at capacity or registration is closed. Please call the office at 847.381.1261 with questions.

September 8-10, 2023
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men

Retreat Leader: Fr. Michael J. Graham, SJ
Retreat Title: The Conversions of St. Ignatius Loyola

Against the background of his Spiritual Exercises, we will explore the life of St. Ignatius Loyola, focusing on a series of “conversions” where life as he expected it took different turns. These turns all required him to adapt to where God seemed to be leading him—just as the twists and turns in our own lives force us to reflect on and adapt to where God is calling us. As for St. Ignatius, so for us: God writes straight with sometimes very crooked lines! The retreat will likewise introduce the retreatants to a variety of ways of praying.

Groups Attending: Individuals, Matt Carpenter Group, St. Teresa of Avila (Lincoln Park-Chicago), Divine Word KC 7331 (Northbrook), Mazzuchelli’s Men

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September 15-17, 2023
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Adults

Retreat Leader: Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ
Retreat Title: Teach Us to Pray - Reflections on The Lord's Prayer

Using scripture, scholarly commentary, storytelling, poetry, music, guided imagery, journaling,  and breath & body prayer, Fr Michael will guide us through the prayer Jesus taught us. This is a retreat to help you expand and deepen the ways you pray. Drawing on the wisdom of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, this retreat will forever change the way you encounter The Lord’s Prayer.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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September 18, 2023 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Adults

Retreat Leader: Jenene Francis
Retreat Title: To Have a Conversation with God

Are you looking for a new way to pray or learn how to speak with God? Do you have a challenging decision, question or problem that you are facing and are not sure how best to talk to God about it?  

On this retreat, we will spend time learning how to look at a challenge in a new way and find God in the midst of it all. 

Retreatants will walk away from the retreat with: 

  • A framework for how to pray and see God in everyday life
  • A new way to pray using images to prompt new insights
  • Time to have a conversation with God about how the Holy Spirit has been at work in your life

This will be a quiet retreat with activities as well as the option for either paired sharing or more personal time for reflection or journaling. 

Program Cost: $70.00 (includes Lunch)

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September 22-24, 2023
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men

Retreat Leader: Fr. Jim Kubicki, SJ
Retreat Title: A Heart Centered Approach to the Spiritual Exercises

A 5th century bishop named Diadochus wrote that the measure of our love for God depends upon how deeply aware we are of God's love for us. St. Ignatius' "Exercises" are designed to deepen our awareness of God's love. Our retreat will focus on the relationship between our hearts and God's.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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September 29-October 1, 2023
An Ignatian, Semi-Silent Weekend Retreat for Adults

Retreat Leaders: Fr. Roc O'Connor, SJ , Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ and Tom and Geralyn Sparough
Retreat Title: A Writing Retreat: for Aspiring Writers, Musicians, and those Looking to Expand Their Creativity

You don't have to think of yourself as a great writer or musician to benefit from this retreat. The weekend is open to people of all levels of writing—from complete novice to published author. The true focus of the weekend is to grow closer to God through self-expression. All retreat activities are optional. Prayer activities include daily Mass, and a healing service to free blocks to creativity and to help heal wounds our reflections may reveal. 

The retreat is broken up into six writing experiences. Each experience will begin in a large group with some prayerful inspiration from Mary Oliver's work and a suggestion from St. Ignatius. This leads to a prayer and writing prompt. After some quiet, personal time, we are invited to take part in small groups. Sharing work is optional but strongly encouraged.

We will have a relaxed schedule with time to read, pray, and write as the Spirit prompts. Expect an extended lunch and extra time to wander in nature on Saturday. This retreat has a lot of variety in it. Each of the four retreat leaders will share a bit about their own writing process. But you won't be sitting and simply listening to them talk about prayer and writing. You will be invited to be fully involved. We will put our Ignatian imagination to prayerful use!

Groups Attending: Individuals

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October 6-9, 2023
An Ignatian, Semi-Silent Extended Weekend Retreat for Adults

Retreat Leaders: Bellarmine Jesuit Ministry Team and Additional Spiritual Directors , Maureen Garvey and Rev Carol Ann Munro
Retreat Title: The Chosen: A Spiritual Reflection Retreat

During this retreat you will have the opportunity to reflect on the life of Jesus and his first followers in a whole new way. Together with other retreatants and members of our Ministry team at Bellarmine, you will watch The Chosen, the first-ever multi-season show about Jesus starring Catholic actor Jonathan Roumie as Jesus.  

To learn more about The Chosen, check out their website or watch the “Season 1” trailer here.

Retreatants can choose to watch either Season 1, 2 or 3.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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October 10-12, 2023
An Ignatian, Silent Midweek Retreat for Women

Retreat Leader: Jenene Francis
Retreat Title: Greater Freedom through Ignatian Prayer

Every day is filled with choices, large and small, each an opportunity to grow closer to God. Sometimes things we hold dear get in the way. This retreat will focus on the movements of the Spiritual Exercises through a variety of Ignatian-inspired ways of praying toward the grace of living a life of love and service more freely.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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October 13-15, 2023
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Adults

Retreat Leader: Fr. Mark Scalese, SJ
Retreat Title: The Spiritual Exercises through Art

The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius speak to the yearnings of the human heart for meaning and intimacy with God through the life, ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus. This retreat explores the Exercises by reflecting on and praying with famous and lesser-known works of art in painting, sculpture and photography. Such visual arts can move retreatants’ imaginations and inspire spiritual experiences and insights in ways that words alone cannot. 

Groups Attending: St. Mary (Sycamore), Individuals

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October 20-22, 2023
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men

Retreat Leader: Fr. Jeff Putthoff, SJ
Retreat Title: Experiencing God through Ignatian Contemplation and Prayer

This guided retreat will make use of Ignatian contemplation, imaginative prayer, and the senses to engage in conversation with God.  The focus will be on understanding our interior life using the Internal Family Systems method (IFS) as a means to intimate prayer with God/Jesus/Spirit.  We all have parts of us that are sad, joyful, anxious, discouraged, happy, funny and many more.  Having such parts are a natural aspect of adult life and sharing such interior movements in a familiar way with God/Jesus/Spirit is what Ignatian prayer helps us to do.  

Groups Attending: Individuals

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October 22, 2023 8:00 am to 6:30 pm
A Veteran's Coming Home Retreat for Adults

Retreat Leader: A Jesuit and a Team of Veterans
Retreat Title: Veterans' Coming Home Retreat

All veterans and their adult family members are welcome for reflection on the transitions to and from military life. You’ll spend a day with others who understand what you’ve experienced.

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October 27-29, 2023
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Women

Retreat Leaders: Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ and Fr. Al Johnson
Retreat Title: What are the Spiritual Exercises?

St. Ignatius Loyola was led by God to help people  experience God’s love. Fr. Al Johnson and Fr. Michael Sparough, SJ share insights from their experience of St. Ignatius’ soul-enriching, life-changing program of spiritual renewal. This is a retreat for those new to the Spiritual Exercises as well as veterans of many retreats.  

Groups Attending: Individuals

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November 3-5, 2023
An Ignatian, Recovery Weekend Retreat for Women

Retreat Leader: Fr. Tom Weston, SJ
Retreat Title: Reflecting on Life-Saving Recovery Slogans

A weekend of reflection and quiet focused on the 12 steps of recovery, looking at the practical tools for helping people get back on their feet. Conferences will include reflections on the 12 Steps, the 12 Traditions, and the life saving slogans of the program.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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November 6, 2023 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Adults

Retreat Leader: Amy Florian
Retreat Title: You’re Not Crazy; You’re Just Grieving

We live in a society that doesn’t talk about grief, death, pain, and loss. Yet we face them every day in ways big and small. Losses have been exacerbated due to all we’ve gone through in the past few years. Would you like to understand your emotional responses in loss and grief and learn how to heal?

Come for an informative, inspirational, and faith-filled experience. Walk away with assurance that your experience is normal, you are not alone, and you can not only heal but go forward as a better and more whole person because of it.

Program Cost: $70.00 (includes Lunch)

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November 10-12, 2023
An Ignatian, Recovery Weekend Retreat for Men

Retreat Leader: Fr. Tim Meier, SJ
Retreat Title: We absolutely insist on enjoying life!

The twelve steps really do provide for us a program for living – if we choose to employ them in our daily lives. This weekend we’ll move through these steps, examining how each can apply to the many daily powerlessnesses we encounter. By applying steps to those situations, we can maximize our ability to enjoy life, thus facilitating us to become “happy, joyous, and free.”

Groups Attending: Individuals

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November 17-19, 2023
An Ignatian, Semi-Silent Weekend Retreat for Adults

Retreat Leader: Fr. Bobby Karle, SJ
Retreat Title: Ignatian Spirituality and Yoga

This retreat includes gentle movement, group prayer, silent personal reflection, small group sharing, and spiritual direction. We will explore the four Universal Apostolic Preferences of the Society of Jesus through the lens of both the Christian and Yoga traditions. Relax, and connect with God, nature, self, and others. No prior experience with Ignatian spirituality or yoga is required.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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November 20, 2023 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Adults

Retreat Leader: Molly Henry
Retreat Title: Gratitude for our God-Given Gifts

We often take our God-given talents for granted - or we may not even be aware of them. By completing a research-based online assessment prior to the retreat, you will discover your greatest talents. Then during our day together, you will grow in appreciation for your unique talents and discover how to intentionally leverage them to express and live in daily gratitude.

Program Cost: $70.00 (includes Lunch)

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November 20-22, 2023
Private Retreat Days for Adults

Retreat Leader: Bellarmine Jesuit Ministry Team and Additional Spiritual Directors
Retreat Title: November Private Retreat Days

Come to enjoy the quiet of Bellarmine before the busy holiday season. Spiritual Direction is available upon request. Otherwise, enjoy the time to pray, rest and enjoy the serenity of the house and grounds.

$150/night if staying for two nights

Cost: $170.00/day

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December 1-3, 2023
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men

Retreat Leader: Fr. Keith Muccino, SJ
Retreat Title: You Shall Do Even Greater Things Than These

We forget in our daily lives the power we have been given in the Holy Spirit - not just to be good individuals, but to heal and transform the people, communities and the world around us. These words of Jesus, as perplexing as they are at one level, are powerfully inspiring and encouraging when you ponder them in their context. And they are powerful for your life today, as well as for our eternal destiny.

This retreat will seek to help us harness the grace of Christ's resurrection and energy of the Spirit waiting to work through us and empower us to do greater things - or what St. Ignatius called the MAGIS.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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December 5, 2023 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Adults

Retreat Leader: Fr. Roc O'Connor, SJ
Retreat Title: Pilgrims During Advent

Advent 2023 lasts only 3 weeks since Christmas is the  day after the Fourth Sunday of Advent. In that brief time, we get to plunge into that “place” in each of us in which the Second Person of the Trinity became incarnate. We do this only in the gracious presence of our merciful God.

Program Cost: $70.00 (includes Lunch)

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December 8-10, 2023
An Ignatian, Recovery Weekend Retreat for Men

Retreat Leader: Fr. Tom O'Neill, SJ
Retreat Title: How Art Illuminates the Graces of Recovery

Fr. Tom O'Neill, S.J. is a recovering alcoholic and painter. He will describe his experience of recovery using the 12 Steps and images of his own art and that of several other painters, including Rembrandt, Georgia O'Keefe, Van Gogh and Marc Chagall. A member of both AA and Al-Anon, Fr. Tom will weave together his own personal experiences, the wisdom found in the Big Book and the Twelve & Twelve and images of art to illuminate and describe the gift and graces of Recovery.  

Groups Attending: Individuals

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December 14, 2023 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Adults

Retreat Leader: Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ
Retreat Title: Another Cup of Christmas Tea Stories, Poems, Songs & Traditions

An Advent favorite, Fr Michael reprises and updates this Day of Reflection each year by sharing his favorite stories, poems, songs, and traditions surrounding this most beloved season of the year. This is a day to soften the heart and open your spirit with a soulful, creative celebration of the Word made flesh, the birth of our  Savior.

Program Cost: $70.00 (includes Lunch)

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January 5-7, 2024
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men

Retreat Leader: Fr. Michael J. Graham, SJ
Retreat Title: The Conversions of St. Ignatius Loyola

Against the background of his Spiritual Exercises, we will explore the life of St. Ignatius Loyola, focusing on a series of “conversions” where life as he expected it took different turns. These turns all required him to adapt to where God seemed to be leading him—just as the twists and turns in our own lives force us to reflect on and adapt to where God is calling us. As for St. Ignatius, so for us: God writes straight with sometimes very crooked lines! The retreat will likewise introduce the retreatants to a variety of ways of praying.

Groups Attending: St John Neumann Catholic Church (St. Charles, IL), St. Mary (Lake Forest, IL), Individuals

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January 12-14, 2024
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men

Retreat Leader: Fr. Joe Laramie, SJ
Retreat Title: The Sacred Heart of Jesus

Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is an ancient Christian tradition, rooted in Scripture and the writings of the saints. Also, the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius are closely related to the Sacred Heart, especially through the Apostleship of Prayer [the Pope's Prayer Network]. In this retreat, we'll pray to unite our hearts more deeply with the Heart of Jesus.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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January 19-21, 2024
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men

Retreat Leader: Fr. Christopher Manahan, SJ
Retreat Title: Knowing Christ

If I desire to follow Jesus Christ in my life I have to come to know him. In this retreat we will follow in the footsteps of St. Ignatius of Loyola in seeking to be a companion of Jesus.  

Groups Attending: Individuals

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January 22, 2024 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Adults

Retreat Leader: Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ
Retreat Title: A Day of Healing

Join Fr. Michael and his prayer team for a full day of healing prayer, praying for physical, emotional, and spiritual healing. Fr Michael will use a variety of prayer and sacramental modalities to help us release what blocks God’s grace and to experience the power of Jesus’ healing touch.

Program Cost: $70.00 (includes Lunch)

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January 26-28, 2024
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men

Retreat Leader: Fr. Jeff Putthoff, SJ
Retreat Title: Experiencing God through Ignatian Contemplation and Imaginative Prayer

This guided retreat will make use of Ignatian contemplation, imaginative prayer, and the senses to engage in conversation with God.  The focus will be on understanding our interiority using the Internal Family Systems method (IFS) as a means to intimate prayer with God/Jesus/Spirit.  We all have parts of us that are sad, joyful, anxious, discouraged, happy, funny and many more.  Having such parts are a natural aspect of adult life and sharing such interior movements in a familiar way with God/Jesus/Spirit is what Ignatian prayer helps us to do.  

Groups Attending: Individuals, Roche/Zera Group, Our Lady of the Grove KC 13448/St. Mary Buffalo Grove HNS

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January 28, 2024 8:00 am to 6:30 pm
A Veteran's Coming Home Retreat for Adults

Retreat Leader: A Jesuit and a Team of Veterans
Retreat Title: Veteran's Coming Home Retreat

All veterans and their adult family members are welcome for reflection on the transitions to and from military life. You’ll spend a day with others who understand what you’ve experienced.

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February 2-4, 2024
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Women

Retreat Leader: Fr. Jim Kubicki, SJ
Retreat Title: A Heart Centered Approach to the Spiritual Exercises

A 5th century bishop named Diadochus wrote that the measure of our love for God depends upon how deeply aware we are of God's love for us. St. Ignatius' "Exercises" are designed to deepen our awareness of God's love. Our retreat will focus on the relationship between our hearts and God's.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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February 9-10, 2024
An Ignatian, Semi-Silent Weekend Retreat for Adults

Retreat Leaders: Elizabeth Neubauer and Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ
Retreat Title: Spiritual Reset: A Winter Respite to Calm Our Minds and Quiet Our Hearts

Take time away from the frenetic pace of life to catch your spiritual breath. During this mini retreat we will delve into the timeless wisdom of the Spiritual Exercises and the deep calm of mindfulness and centering prayer. Together, these spiritual practices can help restore balance in your heart and mind. Gift yourself with 24 hours to let go of worry, surrender to God’s love, and re-connect to your deepest self.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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February 14, 2024 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Adults

Retreat Leader: Fr. Jim Kubicki, SJ
Retreat Title: Lent with the Heart of Jesus

Ash Wednesday falls on Valentine's Day this year.  It's a day filled with hearts but the most important one is the Heart of Jesus. We will celebrate Ash Wednesday reflecting on the three traditional practices of prayer, fasting, and alms-giving and their connection to the Heart of Jesus.

Program Cost: $70.00 (includes Lunch)

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February 23-25, 2024
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Adults

Retreat Leader: Fr. Gregory Boyle, SJ
Retreat Title: Love is God's Religion

These days of retreat will explore how we are to put love in action at the margins, seeking exquisite mutuality and relational wholeness in the vicinity of the poor. The ministry of Homeboy Industries and outreach to gang members and returning citizens, will animate this time of reflection.

Groups Attending: Individuals

This retreat is currently at capacity or registration is closed. Please call the office at 847.381.1261 with questions.

February 29-March 3, 2024
A 4-Day Ignatian, Silent Retreat for Adults

Retreat Leader: Fr. Mitch Pacwa, SJ
Retreat Title: Praying the Spiritual Exercises with the Psalms

Groups Attending: Naperville-MM/PP/R/TH, St. Mary (Des Plaines- IL), Individuals

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March 8-10, 2024
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men

Retreat Leader: Fr. Michael J. Graham, SJ
Retreat Title: The Conversions of St. Ignatius Loyola

Against the background of his Spiritual Exercises, we will explore the life of St. Ignatius Loyola, focusing on a series of “conversions” where life as he expected it took different turns. These turns all required him to adapt to where God seemed to be leading him—just as the twists and turns in our own lives force us to reflect on and adapt to where God is calling us. As for St. Ignatius, so for us: God writes straight with sometimes very crooked lines! The retreat will likewise introduce the retreatants to a variety of ways of praying.

Groups Attending: St Isaac Jogues (Hinsdale), Walsh Jesuit High School Alumni, Individuals

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March 11, 2024 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Adults

Retreat Leader: To Be Determined
Retreat Title: Lenten Day of Reflection

Program Cost: $70.00 (includes Lunch)

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March 15-17, 2024
An Ignatian, Recovery Weekend Retreat for Men

Retreat Leader: Fr. Tim Meier, SJ
Retreat Title: We absolutely insist on enjoying life!

The twelve steps really do provide for us a program for living – if we choose to employ them in our daily lives. This weekend we’ll move through these steps, examining how each can apply to the many daily  powerlessnesses we encounter. By applying steps to those situations, we can maximize our ability to enjoy life, thus facilitating us to become “happy, joyous, and free.”

Groups Attending: Individuals

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March 22-24, 2024
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men

Retreat Leader: Fr. Al Johnson
Retreat Title: Entering Holy Week through the Spiritual Exercises

Our retreat, ending on Palm Sunday, will prepare us to enter Holy Week and engage the graces of the upcoming Triduum. The Exercises of St. Ignatius will provide us path for this journey.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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March 26, 2024 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
An Evening of Reflection for Women

Retreat Leader: To Be Determined
Retreat Title: Mary's Way of the Cross

Program Cost: $50.00 (includes Dinner)

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March 28-30, 2024
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Adults

Retreat Leader: Fr. Jim Kubicki, SJ
Retreat Title: A Heart Centered Approach to the Spiritual Exercises

A 5th century bishop named Diadochus wrote that the measure of our love for God depends upon how deeply aware we are of God's love for us. St. Ignatius' "Exercises" are designed to deepen our awareness of God's love. Our retreat will focus on the relationship between our hearts and God's.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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April 5-7, 2024
An Ignatian, Semi-Silent Weekend Retreat for Adults

Retreat Leader: Fr. Roc O'Connor, SJ
Retreat Title: Retreat for Liturgical Musicians & Ministers

Liturgists, liturgical musicians, cantors, choirs and many others are usually so busy and so immediately focused on the details of Triduum that it’s all we can do to just collapse the week afterwards. Fr. Roc O'Connor, SJ invites you to come to Bellarmine to rest, pray, and reflect on “What the heck just happened?” Mystagogical reflection – engaging the Mysteries – by means of guided meditation, group close encounters with major liturgical symbols, and silent prayer can open new depths to who the Christ is who died and rose from the dead.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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April 12-14, 2024
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men

Retreat Leader: Fr. Paul Macke, SJ
Retreat Title: Accepting God's Love Takes Courage

Let's just stop and be present to Jesus loving us without condition. This retreat will explore the obstacles to accepting this unconditional love and the fact that this acceptance requires a grace-filled courage.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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April 26-28, 2024
An Ignatian, Recovery Weekend Retreat for Women

Retreat Leader: Fr. Tim Meier, SJ
Retreat Title: We absolutely insist on enjoying life!

The twelve steps really do provide for us a program for living – if we choose to employ them in our daily lives. This weekend we’ll move through these steps, examining how each can apply to the many daily powerlessnesses we encounter. By applying steps to those situations, we can maximize our ability to enjoy life, thus facilitating us to become “happy, joyous, and free.”

Groups Attending: Individuals

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May 3-5, 2024
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Women

Retreat Leader: Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ
Retreat Title: Beyond the Basics: The Places and Spaces for Prayer

Are you longing to learn to pray in new ways?  If yes, join Fr Michael as he leads us in a variety of Spiritual Exercises. We’ll  be praying with the new and the familiar. Come ready to stretch your body, mind, and heart. Each session Fr. Michael will introduce us to a different prayer form and then lead us in knocking on the door of that place within us, and the space beyond us, where God dwells.  

Groups Attending: Individuals

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May 19, 2024 8:00 am to 6:30 pm
A Veteran's Coming Home Retreat for Adults

Retreat Leader: A Jesuit and a Team of Veterans
Retreat Title: Veterans' Coming Home Retreat

All veterans and their adult family members are welcome for reflection on the transitions to and from military life. You’ll spend a day with others who understand what you’ve experienced.

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Bellarmine's "Ignatian Inspiration" Series

Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House has started an “Ignatian Inspiration” series of live-recorded virtual retreats. This series focuses on stories about how people have used or are using the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola to lead more fulfilling lives in the service of others.

Below is a listing of retreats that we have recorded for you to watch or listen to. The benefit of these recorded retreats is that you can watch them when it's convenient for you. Please keep an eye out for future live virtual retreats. Learn more here.

The Called & The Chosen Retreat Recording

Who is Jesus? This can be a complicated question. Around the world, Jesus is seen as a teacher, prophet, holy man, wonder-worker, or the Son of God. Who is Jesus to youThis is an essential question for anyone on a spiritual journey with Christ. Wherever you are in your journey with Jesus, this is a retreat to reflect on His call to follow Him (for the first time or anew) and the obstacles that may keep us from freely responding to His call.

In this online retreat, Fr. James Martin, SJ responds from his personal experience and gives an Ignatian perspective on sensing and responding to God's call. Jonathan Roumie, the actor portraying Jesus in The Chosen TV series, reflects on his own personal calling and on the call of the biblical characters dramatized in the series (viewing this series is suggested prior to attending the retreat). Retreatants will be invited to reflect on who the person of Jesus is in their own life and how they are called to follow Christ.

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Saying "No" to Give a Deeper "Yes" Virtual Retreat

Life is full of choices. And when we say “Yes” to many things, even good things, that’s not a good thing. We invite you to spend a virtual evening with two Father Michaels, both of whom struggle with this issue in their lives. They’ll share what they’re learning from their mistakes, and how the Holy Spirit is guiding us all toward greater balance in our lives.

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The Whole Language - A Retreat with Fr. Greg Boyle, SJ

This special retreat was recorded at Bellarmine and includes 8 talks and a homily by Fr. Boyle. Fr. Boyle shares what he has learned in three decades of working with marginalized populations at Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles — that love is the answer, community is the context, and tenderness is the connective tissue. Tenderness reflects the foundational notion that there is no “us” and “them,” only “us.” 

Fr. Boyle is the founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation, and re-entry program in the world. Homeboy Industries employs and trains former gang members in a range of social enterprises, as well as provides critical services to thousands of men and women who walk through its doors every year. Fr. Boyle is the author of the 2010 New York Times bestseller Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion. His 2017 book is the Los Angeles Times bestseller Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship.

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September 8-10, 2023
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men

Retreat Leader: Fr. Michael J. Graham, SJ
Retreat Title: The Conversions of St. Ignatius Loyola

Against the background of his Spiritual Exercises, we will explore the life of St. Ignatius Loyola, focusing on a series of “conversions” where life as he expected it took different turns. These turns all required him to adapt to where God seemed to be leading him—just as the twists and turns in our own lives force us to reflect on and adapt to where God is calling us. As for St. Ignatius, so for us: God writes straight with sometimes very crooked lines! The retreat will likewise introduce the retreatants to a variety of ways of praying.

Groups Attending: Individuals, Matt Carpenter Group, St. Teresa of Avila (Lincoln Park-Chicago), Divine Word KC 7331 (Northbrook), Mazzuchelli’s Men

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September 22-24, 2023
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men

Retreat Leader: Fr. Jim Kubicki, SJ
Retreat Title: A Heart Centered Approach to the Spiritual Exercises

A 5th century bishop named Diadochus wrote that the measure of our love for God depends upon how deeply aware we are of God's love for us. St. Ignatius' "Exercises" are designed to deepen our awareness of God's love. Our retreat will focus on the relationship between our hearts and God's.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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October 20-22, 2023
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men

Retreat Leader: Fr. Jeff Putthoff, SJ
Retreat Title: Experiencing God through Ignatian Contemplation and Prayer

This guided retreat will make use of Ignatian contemplation, imaginative prayer, and the senses to engage in conversation with God.  The focus will be on understanding our interior life using the Internal Family Systems method (IFS) as a means to intimate prayer with God/Jesus/Spirit.  We all have parts of us that are sad, joyful, anxious, discouraged, happy, funny and many more.  Having such parts are a natural aspect of adult life and sharing such interior movements in a familiar way with God/Jesus/Spirit is what Ignatian prayer helps us to do.  

Groups Attending: Individuals

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December 1-3, 2023
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men

Retreat Leader: Fr. Keith Muccino, SJ
Retreat Title: You Shall Do Even Greater Things Than These

We forget in our daily lives the power we have been given in the Holy Spirit - not just to be good individuals, but to heal and transform the people, communities and the world around us. These words of Jesus, as perplexing as they are at one level, are powerfully inspiring and encouraging when you ponder them in their context. And they are powerful for your life today, as well as for our eternal destiny.

This retreat will seek to help us harness the grace of Christ's resurrection and energy of the Spirit waiting to work through us and empower us to do greater things - or what St. Ignatius called the MAGIS.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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January 5-7, 2024
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men

Retreat Leader: Fr. Michael J. Graham, SJ
Retreat Title: The Conversions of St. Ignatius Loyola

Against the background of his Spiritual Exercises, we will explore the life of St. Ignatius Loyola, focusing on a series of “conversions” where life as he expected it took different turns. These turns all required him to adapt to where God seemed to be leading him—just as the twists and turns in our own lives force us to reflect on and adapt to where God is calling us. As for St. Ignatius, so for us: God writes straight with sometimes very crooked lines! The retreat will likewise introduce the retreatants to a variety of ways of praying.

Groups Attending: St John Neumann Catholic Church (St. Charles, IL), St. Mary (Lake Forest, IL), Individuals

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January 12-14, 2024
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men

Retreat Leader: Fr. Joe Laramie, SJ
Retreat Title: The Sacred Heart of Jesus

Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is an ancient Christian tradition, rooted in Scripture and the writings of the saints. Also, the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius are closely related to the Sacred Heart, especially through the Apostleship of Prayer [the Pope's Prayer Network]. In this retreat, we'll pray to unite our hearts more deeply with the Heart of Jesus.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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January 19-21, 2024
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men

Retreat Leader: Fr. Christopher Manahan, SJ
Retreat Title: Knowing Christ

If I desire to follow Jesus Christ in my life I have to come to know him. In this retreat we will follow in the footsteps of St. Ignatius of Loyola in seeking to be a companion of Jesus.  

Groups Attending: Individuals

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January 26-28, 2024
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men

Retreat Leader: Fr. Jeff Putthoff, SJ
Retreat Title: Experiencing God through Ignatian Contemplation and Imaginative Prayer

This guided retreat will make use of Ignatian contemplation, imaginative prayer, and the senses to engage in conversation with God.  The focus will be on understanding our interiority using the Internal Family Systems method (IFS) as a means to intimate prayer with God/Jesus/Spirit.  We all have parts of us that are sad, joyful, anxious, discouraged, happy, funny and many more.  Having such parts are a natural aspect of adult life and sharing such interior movements in a familiar way with God/Jesus/Spirit is what Ignatian prayer helps us to do.  

Groups Attending: Individuals, Roche/Zera Group, Our Lady of the Grove KC 13448/St. Mary Buffalo Grove HNS

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March 8-10, 2024
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men

Retreat Leader: Fr. Michael J. Graham, SJ
Retreat Title: The Conversions of St. Ignatius Loyola

Against the background of his Spiritual Exercises, we will explore the life of St. Ignatius Loyola, focusing on a series of “conversions” where life as he expected it took different turns. These turns all required him to adapt to where God seemed to be leading him—just as the twists and turns in our own lives force us to reflect on and adapt to where God is calling us. As for St. Ignatius, so for us: God writes straight with sometimes very crooked lines! The retreat will likewise introduce the retreatants to a variety of ways of praying.

Groups Attending: St Isaac Jogues (Hinsdale), Walsh Jesuit High School Alumni, Individuals

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March 22-24, 2024
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men

Retreat Leader: Fr. Al Johnson
Retreat Title: Entering Holy Week through the Spiritual Exercises

Our retreat, ending on Palm Sunday, will prepare us to enter Holy Week and engage the graces of the upcoming Triduum. The Exercises of St. Ignatius will provide us path for this journey.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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April 12-14, 2024
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men

Retreat Leader: Fr. Paul Macke, SJ
Retreat Title: Accepting God's Love Takes Courage

Let's just stop and be present to Jesus loving us without condition. This retreat will explore the obstacles to accepting this unconditional love and the fact that this acceptance requires a grace-filled courage.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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October 10-12, 2023
An Ignatian, Silent Midweek Retreat for Women

Retreat Leader: Jenene Francis
Retreat Title: Greater Freedom through Ignatian Prayer

Every day is filled with choices, large and small, each an opportunity to grow closer to God. Sometimes things we hold dear get in the way. This retreat will focus on the movements of the Spiritual Exercises through a variety of Ignatian-inspired ways of praying toward the grace of living a life of love and service more freely.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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October 27-29, 2023
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Women

Retreat Leaders: Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ and Fr. Al Johnson
Retreat Title: What are the Spiritual Exercises?

St. Ignatius Loyola was led by God to help people  experience God’s love. Fr. Al Johnson and Fr. Michael Sparough, SJ share insights from their experience of St. Ignatius’ soul-enriching, life-changing program of spiritual renewal. This is a retreat for those new to the Spiritual Exercises as well as veterans of many retreats.  

Groups Attending: Individuals

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February 2-4, 2024
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Women

Retreat Leader: Fr. Jim Kubicki, SJ
Retreat Title: A Heart Centered Approach to the Spiritual Exercises

A 5th century bishop named Diadochus wrote that the measure of our love for God depends upon how deeply aware we are of God's love for us. St. Ignatius' "Exercises" are designed to deepen our awareness of God's love. Our retreat will focus on the relationship between our hearts and God's.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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March 26, 2024 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
An Evening of Reflection for Women

Retreat Leader: To Be Determined
Retreat Title: Mary's Way of the Cross

Program Cost: $50.00 (includes Dinner)

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May 3-5, 2024
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Women

Retreat Leader: Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ
Retreat Title: Beyond the Basics: The Places and Spaces for Prayer

Are you longing to learn to pray in new ways?  If yes, join Fr Michael as he leads us in a variety of Spiritual Exercises. We’ll  be praying with the new and the familiar. Come ready to stretch your body, mind, and heart. Each session Fr. Michael will introduce us to a different prayer form and then lead us in knocking on the door of that place within us, and the space beyond us, where God dwells.  

Groups Attending: Individuals

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June 17, 2023 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Adults

Retreat Leader: Fr. Francisco Ortega Munoz
Retreat Title: Spanish Day of Prayer: La Humilidad de Dios

Puede sonar extraño hablar de la “humildad” de Dios. Si nos fijamos en la imagen de Dios que ha sido revelado en la persona de Jesús, vemos efectivamente que Dios es, antes que nada, humilde, cercano y sencillo. Durante este día de oración, trataremos de purificar nuestras imágenes de Dios, concentrándonos tanto en la belleza de la creación como en el misterio de la encarnación. Si llegamos a conocer el rostro humilde de nuestro Dios, nos quedará más claro cómo hemos de ser imagen de Dios y cómo ser discípulo de Jesús.

Favor de registrarse de antemano. Es necesario para que haya comida suficiente en el almuerzo y para cumplir con las normas de distanciamiento social. Gracias!

Program Cost: There is no cost for this retreat; free will donations accepted. Se aceptan donaciones. (includes Lunch)

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June 23-July 1, 2023
Individually Directed Retreats for Adults

Spiritual Directors: Bellarmine Jesuit Ministry Team and Additional Spiritual Directors
Retreat Title: June 23-July 1, 2023 Individually Directed Retreats

Come to the quiet of Bellarmine and take some time for yourself to get away from the distractions of life so you can read, write, catch up on sleep and pray.  Spiritual Direction is available upon request with advance notice at time of registration; Otherwise, the time is yours to pray and enjoy the serenity of the house and grounds. You may register for either five or eight days.

Registration requires a $100 deposit. The deadline to register is June 9th.

5-Day Individually Directed Retreat ($795)

8-Day Individually Directed Retreat ($1095)

Costs include all meals and spiritual direction. 

Learn more about the Spiritual Directors for these retreats here.

To review the questionnaire that we ask people to submit once registered, please download it here

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July 14-22, 2023
Individually Directed Retreats for Adults

Spiritual Directors: Bellarmine Jesuit Ministry Team and Additional Spiritual Directors
Retreat Title: July 14-22, 2023 Individually Directed Retreats

Come to the quiet of Bellarmine and take some time for yourself to get away from the distractions of life so you can read, write, catch up on sleep and pray.  Spiritual Direction is available upon request with advance notice at time of registration; Otherwise, the time is yours to pray and enjoy the serenity of the house and grounds. You may register for either five or eight days.

Registration requires a $100 deposit. The deadline to register is June 9th.

5-Day Individually Directed Retreat ($795)

8-Day Individually Directed Retreat ($1095)

Costs include all meals and spiritual direction. 

Learn more about the Spiritual Directors for these retreats here.

To review the questionnaire that we ask people to submit once registered, please download it here

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July 28-30, 2023
A Charismatic, Semi-Silent Weekend Retreat for Adults

Retreat Leader: Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ
Retreat Title: River of Healing Love | A Retreat for the Charismatic Community

Come bathe your heart and soul in the healing waters of Jesus’ love. 

Refresh your spirit as we gather as a charismatic community to pray for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon us, our city, our country, our Church, and our world. 

Featured speakers include Fr. Michael Sparough, SJ, and a talented team of other gifted speakers and inspiring musicians to be announced.

Groups Attending: Individuals

This retreat is currently at capacity or registration is closed. Please call the office at 847.381.1261 with questions.

September 15-17, 2023
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Adults

Retreat Leader: Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ
Retreat Title: Teach Us to Pray - Reflections on The Lord's Prayer

Using scripture, scholarly commentary, storytelling, poetry, music, guided imagery, journaling,  and breath & body prayer, Fr Michael will guide us through the prayer Jesus taught us. This is a retreat to help you expand and deepen the ways you pray. Drawing on the wisdom of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, this retreat will forever change the way you encounter The Lord’s Prayer.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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September 18, 2023 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Adults

Retreat Leader: Jenene Francis
Retreat Title: To Have a Conversation with God

Are you looking for a new way to pray or learn how to speak with God? Do you have a challenging decision, question or problem that you are facing and are not sure how best to talk to God about it?  

On this retreat, we will spend time learning how to look at a challenge in a new way and find God in the midst of it all. 

Retreatants will walk away from the retreat with: 

  • A framework for how to pray and see God in everyday life
  • A new way to pray using images to prompt new insights
  • Time to have a conversation with God about how the Holy Spirit has been at work in your life

This will be a quiet retreat with activities as well as the option for either paired sharing or more personal time for reflection or journaling. 

Program Cost: $70.00 (includes Lunch)

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September 29-October 1, 2023
An Ignatian, Semi-Silent Weekend Retreat for Adults

Retreat Leaders: Fr. Roc O'Connor, SJ , Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ and Tom and Geralyn Sparough
Retreat Title: A Writing Retreat: for Aspiring Writers, Musicians, and those Looking to Expand Their Creativity

You don't have to think of yourself as a great writer or musician to benefit from this retreat. The weekend is open to people of all levels of writing—from complete novice to published author. The true focus of the weekend is to grow closer to God through self-expression. All retreat activities are optional. Prayer activities include daily Mass, and a healing service to free blocks to creativity and to help heal wounds our reflections may reveal. 

The retreat is broken up into six writing experiences. Each experience will begin in a large group with some prayerful inspiration from Mary Oliver's work and a suggestion from St. Ignatius. This leads to a prayer and writing prompt. After some quiet, personal time, we are invited to take part in small groups. Sharing work is optional but strongly encouraged.

We will have a relaxed schedule with time to read, pray, and write as the Spirit prompts. Expect an extended lunch and extra time to wander in nature on Saturday. This retreat has a lot of variety in it. Each of the four retreat leaders will share a bit about their own writing process. But you won't be sitting and simply listening to them talk about prayer and writing. You will be invited to be fully involved. We will put our Ignatian imagination to prayerful use!

Groups Attending: Individuals

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October 6-9, 2023
An Ignatian, Semi-Silent Extended Weekend Retreat for Adults

Retreat Leaders: Bellarmine Jesuit Ministry Team and Additional Spiritual Directors , Maureen Garvey and Rev Carol Ann Munro
Retreat Title: The Chosen: A Spiritual Reflection Retreat

During this retreat you will have the opportunity to reflect on the life of Jesus and his first followers in a whole new way. Together with other retreatants and members of our Ministry team at Bellarmine, you will watch The Chosen, the first-ever multi-season show about Jesus starring Catholic actor Jonathan Roumie as Jesus.  

To learn more about The Chosen, check out their website or watch the “Season 1” trailer here.

Retreatants can choose to watch either Season 1, 2 or 3.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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October 13-15, 2023
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Adults

Retreat Leader: Fr. Mark Scalese, SJ
Retreat Title: The Spiritual Exercises through Art

The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius speak to the yearnings of the human heart for meaning and intimacy with God through the life, ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus. This retreat explores the Exercises by reflecting on and praying with famous and lesser-known works of art in painting, sculpture and photography. Such visual arts can move retreatants’ imaginations and inspire spiritual experiences and insights in ways that words alone cannot. 

Groups Attending: St. Mary (Sycamore), Individuals

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October 22, 2023 8:00 am to 6:30 pm
A Veteran's Coming Home Retreat for Adults

Retreat Leader: A Jesuit and a Team of Veterans
Retreat Title: Veterans' Coming Home Retreat

All veterans and their adult family members are welcome for reflection on the transitions to and from military life. You’ll spend a day with others who understand what you’ve experienced.

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November 6, 2023 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Adults

Retreat Leader: Amy Florian
Retreat Title: You’re Not Crazy; You’re Just Grieving

We live in a society that doesn’t talk about grief, death, pain, and loss. Yet we face them every day in ways big and small. Losses have been exacerbated due to all we’ve gone through in the past few years. Would you like to understand your emotional responses in loss and grief and learn how to heal?

Come for an informative, inspirational, and faith-filled experience. Walk away with assurance that your experience is normal, you are not alone, and you can not only heal but go forward as a better and more whole person because of it.

Program Cost: $70.00 (includes Lunch)

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November 17-19, 2023
An Ignatian, Semi-Silent Weekend Retreat for Adults

Retreat Leader: Fr. Bobby Karle, SJ
Retreat Title: Ignatian Spirituality and Yoga

This retreat includes gentle movement, group prayer, silent personal reflection, small group sharing, and spiritual direction. We will explore the four Universal Apostolic Preferences of the Society of Jesus through the lens of both the Christian and Yoga traditions. Relax, and connect with God, nature, self, and others. No prior experience with Ignatian spirituality or yoga is required.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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November 20-22, 2023
Private Retreat Days for Adults

Retreat Leader: Bellarmine Jesuit Ministry Team and Additional Spiritual Directors
Retreat Title: November Private Retreat Days

Come to enjoy the quiet of Bellarmine before the busy holiday season. Spiritual Direction is available upon request. Otherwise, enjoy the time to pray, rest and enjoy the serenity of the house and grounds.

$150/night if staying for two nights

Cost: $170.00/day

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November 20, 2023 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Adults

Retreat Leader: Molly Henry
Retreat Title: Gratitude for our God-Given Gifts

We often take our God-given talents for granted - or we may not even be aware of them. By completing a research-based online assessment prior to the retreat, you will discover your greatest talents. Then during our day together, you will grow in appreciation for your unique talents and discover how to intentionally leverage them to express and live in daily gratitude.

Program Cost: $70.00 (includes Lunch)

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December 5, 2023 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Adults

Retreat Leader: Fr. Roc O'Connor, SJ
Retreat Title: Pilgrims During Advent

Advent 2023 lasts only 3 weeks since Christmas is the  day after the Fourth Sunday of Advent. In that brief time, we get to plunge into that “place” in each of us in which the Second Person of the Trinity became incarnate. We do this only in the gracious presence of our merciful God.

Program Cost: $70.00 (includes Lunch)

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December 14, 2023 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Adults

Retreat Leader: Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ
Retreat Title: Another Cup of Christmas Tea Stories, Poems, Songs & Traditions

An Advent favorite, Fr Michael reprises and updates this Day of Reflection each year by sharing his favorite stories, poems, songs, and traditions surrounding this most beloved season of the year. This is a day to soften the heart and open your spirit with a soulful, creative celebration of the Word made flesh, the birth of our  Savior.

Program Cost: $70.00 (includes Lunch)

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January 22, 2024 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Adults

Retreat Leader: Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ
Retreat Title: A Day of Healing

Join Fr. Michael and his prayer team for a full day of healing prayer, praying for physical, emotional, and spiritual healing. Fr Michael will use a variety of prayer and sacramental modalities to help us release what blocks God’s grace and to experience the power of Jesus’ healing touch.

Program Cost: $70.00 (includes Lunch)

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January 28, 2024 8:00 am to 6:30 pm
A Veteran's Coming Home Retreat for Adults

Retreat Leader: A Jesuit and a Team of Veterans
Retreat Title: Veteran's Coming Home Retreat

All veterans and their adult family members are welcome for reflection on the transitions to and from military life. You’ll spend a day with others who understand what you’ve experienced.

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February 9-10, 2024
An Ignatian, Semi-Silent Weekend Retreat for Adults

Retreat Leaders: Elizabeth Neubauer and Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ
Retreat Title: Spiritual Reset: A Winter Respite to Calm Our Minds and Quiet Our Hearts

Take time away from the frenetic pace of life to catch your spiritual breath. During this mini retreat we will delve into the timeless wisdom of the Spiritual Exercises and the deep calm of mindfulness and centering prayer. Together, these spiritual practices can help restore balance in your heart and mind. Gift yourself with 24 hours to let go of worry, surrender to God’s love, and re-connect to your deepest self.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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February 14, 2024 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Adults

Retreat Leader: Fr. Jim Kubicki, SJ
Retreat Title: Lent with the Heart of Jesus

Ash Wednesday falls on Valentine's Day this year.  It's a day filled with hearts but the most important one is the Heart of Jesus. We will celebrate Ash Wednesday reflecting on the three traditional practices of prayer, fasting, and alms-giving and their connection to the Heart of Jesus.

Program Cost: $70.00 (includes Lunch)

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February 23-25, 2024
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Adults

Retreat Leader: Fr. Gregory Boyle, SJ
Retreat Title: Love is God's Religion

These days of retreat will explore how we are to put love in action at the margins, seeking exquisite mutuality and relational wholeness in the vicinity of the poor. The ministry of Homeboy Industries and outreach to gang members and returning citizens, will animate this time of reflection.

Groups Attending: Individuals

This retreat is currently at capacity or registration is closed. Please call the office at 847.381.1261 with questions.

February 29-March 3, 2024
A 4-Day Ignatian, Silent Retreat for Adults

Retreat Leader: Fr. Mitch Pacwa, SJ
Retreat Title: Praying the Spiritual Exercises with the Psalms

Groups Attending: Naperville-MM/PP/R/TH, St. Mary (Des Plaines- IL), Individuals

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March 11, 2024 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Adults

Retreat Leader: To Be Determined
Retreat Title: Lenten Day of Reflection

Program Cost: $70.00 (includes Lunch)

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March 28-30, 2024
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Adults

Retreat Leader: Fr. Jim Kubicki, SJ
Retreat Title: A Heart Centered Approach to the Spiritual Exercises

A 5th century bishop named Diadochus wrote that the measure of our love for God depends upon how deeply aware we are of God's love for us. St. Ignatius' "Exercises" are designed to deepen our awareness of God's love. Our retreat will focus on the relationship between our hearts and God's.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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April 5-7, 2024
An Ignatian, Semi-Silent Weekend Retreat for Adults

Retreat Leader: Fr. Roc O'Connor, SJ
Retreat Title: Retreat for Liturgical Musicians & Ministers

Liturgists, liturgical musicians, cantors, choirs and many others are usually so busy and so immediately focused on the details of Triduum that it’s all we can do to just collapse the week afterwards. Fr. Roc O'Connor, SJ invites you to come to Bellarmine to rest, pray, and reflect on “What the heck just happened?” Mystagogical reflection – engaging the Mysteries – by means of guided meditation, group close encounters with major liturgical symbols, and silent prayer can open new depths to who the Christ is who died and rose from the dead.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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May 19, 2024 8:00 am to 6:30 pm
A Veteran's Coming Home Retreat for Adults

Retreat Leader: A Jesuit and a Team of Veterans
Retreat Title: Veterans' Coming Home Retreat

All veterans and their adult family members are welcome for reflection on the transitions to and from military life. You’ll spend a day with others who understand what you’ve experienced.

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November 3-5, 2023
An Ignatian, Recovery Weekend Retreat for Women

Retreat Leader: Fr. Tom Weston, SJ
Retreat Title: Reflecting on Life-Saving Recovery Slogans

A weekend of reflection and quiet focused on the 12 steps of recovery, looking at the practical tools for helping people get back on their feet. Conferences will include reflections on the 12 Steps, the 12 Traditions, and the life saving slogans of the program.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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November 10-12, 2023
An Ignatian, Recovery Weekend Retreat for Men

Retreat Leader: Fr. Tim Meier, SJ
Retreat Title: We absolutely insist on enjoying life!

The twelve steps really do provide for us a program for living – if we choose to employ them in our daily lives. This weekend we’ll move through these steps, examining how each can apply to the many daily powerlessnesses we encounter. By applying steps to those situations, we can maximize our ability to enjoy life, thus facilitating us to become “happy, joyous, and free.”

Groups Attending: Individuals

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December 8-10, 2023
An Ignatian, Recovery Weekend Retreat for Men

Retreat Leader: Fr. Tom O'Neill, SJ
Retreat Title: How Art Illuminates the Graces of Recovery

Fr. Tom O'Neill, S.J. is a recovering alcoholic and painter. He will describe his experience of recovery using the 12 Steps and images of his own art and that of several other painters, including Rembrandt, Georgia O'Keefe, Van Gogh and Marc Chagall. A member of both AA and Al-Anon, Fr. Tom will weave together his own personal experiences, the wisdom found in the Big Book and the Twelve & Twelve and images of art to illuminate and describe the gift and graces of Recovery.  

Groups Attending: Individuals

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March 15-17, 2024
An Ignatian, Recovery Weekend Retreat for Men

Retreat Leader: Fr. Tim Meier, SJ
Retreat Title: We absolutely insist on enjoying life!

The twelve steps really do provide for us a program for living – if we choose to employ them in our daily lives. This weekend we’ll move through these steps, examining how each can apply to the many daily  powerlessnesses we encounter. By applying steps to those situations, we can maximize our ability to enjoy life, thus facilitating us to become “happy, joyous, and free.”

Groups Attending: Individuals

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April 26-28, 2024
An Ignatian, Recovery Weekend Retreat for Women

Retreat Leader: Fr. Tim Meier, SJ
Retreat Title: We absolutely insist on enjoying life!

The twelve steps really do provide for us a program for living – if we choose to employ them in our daily lives. This weekend we’ll move through these steps, examining how each can apply to the many daily powerlessnesses we encounter. By applying steps to those situations, we can maximize our ability to enjoy life, thus facilitating us to become “happy, joyous, and free.”

Groups Attending: Individuals

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June 17, 2023 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Adults

Retreat Leader: Fr. Francisco Ortega Munoz
Retreat Title: Spanish Day of Prayer: La Humilidad de Dios

Puede sonar extraño hablar de la “humildad” de Dios. Si nos fijamos en la imagen de Dios que ha sido revelado en la persona de Jesús, vemos efectivamente que Dios es, antes que nada, humilde, cercano y sencillo. Durante este día de oración, trataremos de purificar nuestras imágenes de Dios, concentrándonos tanto en la belleza de la creación como en el misterio de la encarnación. Si llegamos a conocer el rostro humilde de nuestro Dios, nos quedará más claro cómo hemos de ser imagen de Dios y cómo ser discípulo de Jesús.

Favor de registrarse de antemano. Es necesario para que haya comida suficiente en el almuerzo y para cumplir con las normas de distanciamiento social. Gracias!

Program Cost: There is no cost for this retreat; free will donations accepted. Se aceptan donaciones. (includes Lunch)

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September 18, 2023 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Adults

Retreat Leader: Jenene Francis
Retreat Title: To Have a Conversation with God

Are you looking for a new way to pray or learn how to speak with God? Do you have a challenging decision, question or problem that you are facing and are not sure how best to talk to God about it?  

On this retreat, we will spend time learning how to look at a challenge in a new way and find God in the midst of it all. 

Retreatants will walk away from the retreat with: 

  • A framework for how to pray and see God in everyday life
  • A new way to pray using images to prompt new insights
  • Time to have a conversation with God about how the Holy Spirit has been at work in your life

This will be a quiet retreat with activities as well as the option for either paired sharing or more personal time for reflection or journaling. 

Program Cost: $70.00 (includes Lunch)

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November 6, 2023 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Adults

Retreat Leader: Amy Florian
Retreat Title: You’re Not Crazy; You’re Just Grieving

We live in a society that doesn’t talk about grief, death, pain, and loss. Yet we face them every day in ways big and small. Losses have been exacerbated due to all we’ve gone through in the past few years. Would you like to understand your emotional responses in loss and grief and learn how to heal?

Come for an informative, inspirational, and faith-filled experience. Walk away with assurance that your experience is normal, you are not alone, and you can not only heal but go forward as a better and more whole person because of it.

Program Cost: $70.00 (includes Lunch)

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November 20, 2023 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Adults

Retreat Leader: Molly Henry
Retreat Title: Gratitude for our God-Given Gifts

We often take our God-given talents for granted - or we may not even be aware of them. By completing a research-based online assessment prior to the retreat, you will discover your greatest talents. Then during our day together, you will grow in appreciation for your unique talents and discover how to intentionally leverage them to express and live in daily gratitude.

Program Cost: $70.00 (includes Lunch)

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December 5, 2023 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Adults

Retreat Leader: Fr. Roc O'Connor, SJ
Retreat Title: Pilgrims During Advent

Advent 2023 lasts only 3 weeks since Christmas is the  day after the Fourth Sunday of Advent. In that brief time, we get to plunge into that “place” in each of us in which the Second Person of the Trinity became incarnate. We do this only in the gracious presence of our merciful God.

Program Cost: $70.00 (includes Lunch)

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December 14, 2023 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Adults

Retreat Leader: Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ
Retreat Title: Another Cup of Christmas Tea Stories, Poems, Songs & Traditions

An Advent favorite, Fr Michael reprises and updates this Day of Reflection each year by sharing his favorite stories, poems, songs, and traditions surrounding this most beloved season of the year. This is a day to soften the heart and open your spirit with a soulful, creative celebration of the Word made flesh, the birth of our  Savior.

Program Cost: $70.00 (includes Lunch)

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January 22, 2024 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Adults

Retreat Leader: Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ
Retreat Title: A Day of Healing

Join Fr. Michael and his prayer team for a full day of healing prayer, praying for physical, emotional, and spiritual healing. Fr Michael will use a variety of prayer and sacramental modalities to help us release what blocks God’s grace and to experience the power of Jesus’ healing touch.

Program Cost: $70.00 (includes Lunch)

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February 14, 2024 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Adults

Retreat Leader: Fr. Jim Kubicki, SJ
Retreat Title: Lent with the Heart of Jesus

Ash Wednesday falls on Valentine's Day this year.  It's a day filled with hearts but the most important one is the Heart of Jesus. We will celebrate Ash Wednesday reflecting on the three traditional practices of prayer, fasting, and alms-giving and their connection to the Heart of Jesus.

Program Cost: $70.00 (includes Lunch)

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March 11, 2024 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Adults

Retreat Leader: To Be Determined
Retreat Title: Lenten Day of Reflection

Program Cost: $70.00 (includes Lunch)

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March 26, 2024 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
An Evening of Reflection for Women

Retreat Leader: To Be Determined
Retreat Title: Mary's Way of the Cross

Program Cost: $50.00 (includes Dinner)

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October 22, 2023 8:00 am to 6:30 pm
A Veteran's Coming Home Retreat for Adults

Retreat Leader: A Jesuit and a Team of Veterans
Retreat Title: Veterans' Coming Home Retreat

All veterans and their adult family members are welcome for reflection on the transitions to and from military life. You’ll spend a day with others who understand what you’ve experienced.

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January 28, 2024 8:00 am to 6:30 pm
A Veteran's Coming Home Retreat for Adults

Retreat Leader: A Jesuit and a Team of Veterans
Retreat Title: Veteran's Coming Home Retreat

All veterans and their adult family members are welcome for reflection on the transitions to and from military life. You’ll spend a day with others who understand what you’ve experienced.

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May 19, 2024 8:00 am to 6:30 pm
A Veteran's Coming Home Retreat for Adults

Retreat Leader: A Jesuit and a Team of Veterans
Retreat Title: Veterans' Coming Home Retreat

All veterans and their adult family members are welcome for reflection on the transitions to and from military life. You’ll spend a day with others who understand what you’ve experienced.

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June 23-July 1, 2023
Individually Directed Retreats for Adults

Spiritual Directors: Bellarmine Jesuit Ministry Team and Additional Spiritual Directors
Retreat Title: June 23-July 1, 2023 Individually Directed Retreats

Come to the quiet of Bellarmine and take some time for yourself to get away from the distractions of life so you can read, write, catch up on sleep and pray.  Spiritual Direction is available upon request with advance notice at time of registration; Otherwise, the time is yours to pray and enjoy the serenity of the house and grounds. You may register for either five or eight days.

Registration requires a $100 deposit. The deadline to register is June 9th.

5-Day Individually Directed Retreat ($795)

8-Day Individually Directed Retreat ($1095)

Costs include all meals and spiritual direction. 

Learn more about the Spiritual Directors for these retreats here.

To review the questionnaire that we ask people to submit once registered, please download it here

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July 14-22, 2023
Individually Directed Retreats for Adults

Spiritual Directors: Bellarmine Jesuit Ministry Team and Additional Spiritual Directors
Retreat Title: July 14-22, 2023 Individually Directed Retreats

Come to the quiet of Bellarmine and take some time for yourself to get away from the distractions of life so you can read, write, catch up on sleep and pray.  Spiritual Direction is available upon request with advance notice at time of registration; Otherwise, the time is yours to pray and enjoy the serenity of the house and grounds. You may register for either five or eight days.

Registration requires a $100 deposit. The deadline to register is June 9th.

5-Day Individually Directed Retreat ($795)

8-Day Individually Directed Retreat ($1095)

Costs include all meals and spiritual direction. 

Learn more about the Spiritual Directors for these retreats here.

To review the questionnaire that we ask people to submit once registered, please download it here

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