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2021-2022 Retreat Registration

Fall 2021 and Winter/Spring 2022 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.

September 24-26, 2021
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men

Retreat Master: Fr. Matthew Linn, SJ
Retreat Title: The Beatitudes: The Key to Peace & Healing in Challenging Times

How can we find peace and healing in these challenging times of pandemic, violence, and isolation that has us virtually zooming rather than physically hugging those who love us?   For our times Jesus gave the beatitudes to transform the times of deepest suffering into times of deepest blessing and new life.   This retreat will experience the healing process in each beatitude to create abundant life wherever we have struggled to find any life.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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September 27, 2021 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Men & Women

Retreat Master: Fr. Matthew Linn, SJ
Retreat Title: Be Not Afraid: Creating Life, Choosing Light

We live in a time of fear:  pandemic, violence, and fear that the future only brings more fears like climate collapse.   God again is saying, “I put before you death and life.  Choose life.”  This day we join Mary as she hears, “Fear not, you have found favor with God” and becomes God’s model of how to create life in a fearful world.

Program Cost: $60.00 (includes Lunch)

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October 1-3, 2021
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men

Retreat Master: Fr. Jeff Putthoff, SJ
Retreat Title: Embracing Our Parts: Holy Ignatian Wholeness

Our unique holiness is truly found in our wholeness in Jesus.  We will use Ignatian contemplation in this weekend retreat, making use of the senses and imagination, to enter more fully into our wholeness and walk more closely with Jesus

Groups Attending: Individuals, Holy Spirit Catholic Community (Naperville)

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October 5-7, 2021
An Ignatian, Silent Midweek Retreat for Women

Retreat Master: Fr. Richard McGurn, SJ
Retreat Title: Jesus Tells Us: "I have come that they may have life."

Jesus comes to us today to renew our hopes and dreams, just as he told the woman at Jacob’s well: “the water I shall give will become in you a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

Groups Attending: Individuals, Letty and Friends

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October 8-10, 2021
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men

Retreat Masters: Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ and Fr. Bernie Owens, SJ
Retreat Title: Discerning Your Decisions in the Ignatian Tradition

Drawing on insights from their writings and teaching, Fr. Michael and Fr. Bernie will present an "Ignatian tool kit" for discernment and decision making, leading a series of prayer exercises designed to help us listen to God.

Groups Attending: Individuals, Divine Mercy Northshore - Sacred Heart & St Phillip (Winnetka)*, St. John Neumann (St Charles), Mazzuchelli's Men, Catholic Community of Northbrook Men, Joe Bussone (St. Mary of Sycamore), Holy Family (Inverness)

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October 11, 2021 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Men & Women

Retreat Master: Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ
Retreat Title: Discerning Your Decision

Drawing on insights from his book, What's Your Decision?, Fr. Michael will present an "Ignatian tool kit" for discernment and decision making, leading a series of prayer exercises designed to help us listen to God.

We may offer the October 11, 2021 Day of Reflection (Discerning Your Decision with Fr. Michael Sparough, SJ) in a virtual format.

If you are interested in attending a Virtual Day of Reflection for the Discerning Your Decision program on October 11, 2021 please click here to enter your contact information.  We will then get back to you to let you know if we will indeed have a virtual option as soon as a decision is made along with more details. 

Program Cost: $60.00 (includes Lunch)

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October 12-November 9, 2021
A Weekly Ignatian Prayer Group for Women

Retreat Masters: Barbara Ritson and Carol Pankros
Retreat Title: A Women's 30-Day Retreat in Everyday Life, Based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola

Come and join us Tuesdays from 8:45am - 11:30am (five consecutive Tuesdays, October 12-November 9) for a guided 30-day women’s retreat in everyday life, as we pray together the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, and learn the wisdom within Ignatian Spirituality that enhances personal prayer and creates intimacy with God. Included will be Ignatian teaching, guided Lectio Divina, rich, shared prayer experiences, and small group discussion. All course materials will be provided.  Coffee, tea and water will be provided.

Program Cost: $300.00

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October 16-17, 2021
An Ignatian, Semi-Silent Overnight Retreat for Young Adults (20s and 30s)

Retreat Masters: Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ and Elizabeth Neubauer
Retreat Title: All-Surrounding Grace: Where the Spiritual Exercises Meet Mindful Meditation

Step away from the relentless pace of modern life.  Gift yourself with a retreat where you learn to let go, surrender, let God be God, and meet your deepest self.  We will delve in the timeless wisdom of the Spiritual Exercises blended with the deep calm of Mindfulness and Centering Prayer.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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October 22-24, 2021
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Women

Retreat Master: Fr. David Shields, SJ
Retreat Title: Breaking Bread with Jesus

Taking various stories from the gospel of St Luke, we will read and consider themes that Jesus talked about when he was invited out. By accompanying Jesus at important meals, we can come to know his mind and heart more intimately, deepen our love for him and strengthen our level of discipleship as Catholic Christians.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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October 24, 2021 8:00 am to 6:30 pm
A Veteran's Coming Home Retreat for Men & Women

Retreat Master: 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 29-31, 2021
An Ignatian, Recovery Weekend Retreat for Men

Retreat Master: Elizabeth Neubauer
Retreat Title: The Acid Test

Step Ten challenges us to continue our commitment to growth. “Then comes the acid test; can we stay sober, keep in emotional balance and live to good purpose under all conditions.” This weekend we will explore how the steps and principles of the program create and sustain a life of integrity and joy.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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November 3, 2021 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Men & Women

Retreat Master: Dr. Avis Clendenen
Retreat Title: Day of Grief

The veil is thin these November days when the season of remembering reconnects us to those souls whom we so dearly loved who are no longer with us as we once knew them. Sacred scriptures and poets provide manna in the deserts of grief. This day we shall sit on the well of grief and find solace, soulfulness and serenity in remembering…together.

Program Cost: $60.00 (includes Lunch)

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November 5-7, 2021
An Ignatian, Recovery Weekend Retreat for Women

Retreat Master: Elizabeth Neubauer
Retreat Title: Spiritual Sobriety

Cultivating a relationship with a Higher Power. When our physical health is restored in recovery, we have the opportunity to grow into an emotionally mature person. From that foundation, we have an invitation to cultivate a healthy and meaningful relationship with a Higher Power. Our time together will look at how physical, emotional and spiritual health are related and what spiritual progress (not perfection) entails.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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November 12-14, 2021
An Ignatian, Recovery Weekend Retreat for Men

Retreat Master: Sr. Linda Fischer
Retreat Title: The Promises of Recovery

When we work and live the 12 Steps in our own lives, what happens? The 12 Promises begin coming true. There are 12 Steps and 12 Promises - this is not an accident. Each Promise is a blessing that, in time, we will receive.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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November 20-21, 2021
An Ignatian, Semi-Silent Overnight Retreat for Young Adults (20s and 30s)

Retreat Masters: Michael Pederson, SJ and Matthew Zurcher, SJ
Retreat Title: Christ the King: Living for Jesus in a Distracted World

As we celebrate the feast of Christ the King, Michael Pederson, S.J. and Matthew Zurcher, S.J. will prayerfully explore the joy of focusing on and following Jesus in a distracted world. The young adult retreatants will be invited to rejuvenating silence in which to ask: Who is Christ calling me to be?

Groups Attending: Individuals

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November 22, 2021 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Men & Women

Retreat Masters: Mrs. Mary McKeon and Fr. Jim Strzok, SJ
Retreat Title: Begin with Gratitude

St. Ignatius considered a lack of gratitude a serious offense against God. When we live from a place of entitlement, we cease to acknowledge the deep truth that all we have is a gift from God. As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, we pause to give thanks for our many blessings.

Program Cost: $60.00 (includes Lunch)

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November 22-24, 2021
Private Retreat Days for Men & Women

Retreat Master: Bellarmine Jesuit Ministry Team and Additional Spiritual Directors
Retreat Title: Silent Private Retreats

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.

One night: $150

More than than one night: $125/night

Cost: $150.00/day

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December 3-5, 2021
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men

Retreat Master: Fr. Paul Mueller, SJ
Retreat Title: A Father's Heart

On December 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, we come to the conclusion of the special “Year of St. Joseph,” proclaimed by Pope Francis in his Apostolic Letter “Patris corde,” With a Father’s Heart. God invites all men to have a father’s heart — whether or not they happen to have children! In companionship with St. Joseph and the Holy Family, on this retreat we will explore a Father’s heart.

Groups Attending: Individuals, St Basil (formerly the Don Goodwille group)

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December 8, 2021 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Men & Women

Retreat Master: Holly Schapker
Retreat Title: Entering the Heart of Mary with St. Ignatius

Cincinnati artist Holly Schapker has devoted many years interpreting Ignatian and Marian spirituality through her paintings. This Day of Reflection is sure to be a feast for the eyes and rich food for the soul.

Program Cost: $60.00 (includes Lunch)

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December 10-12, 2021
An Ignatian, Recovery Weekend Retreat for Men

Retreat Master: Fr. Timothy Seigel, SJ
Retreat Title: 1+2=3; Tune In and Turn Over

This retreat focuses on the sustaining rhythm of Steps One, Two and Three.  We will explore the unmanageable, sanity and decision.  We will also explore the Higher Power each of us relies upon.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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December 16, 2021 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Men & Women

Retreat Masters: Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ and Mrs. Mary McKeon
Retreat Title: A Cup of Christmas Tea: Stories, Poems, Songs & Traditions

Fr. Michael and Mary bring you their 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 to the soulful, creative celebration of the Word made flesh, the birth of our Savior.

Program Cost: $60.00 (includes Lunch)

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January 7-9, 2022
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men

Retreat Master: Fr. Brad Held, SJ
Retreat Title: The Mountaintop: The Place Where God Dwells (Four Shepherds Group)

Throughout the Bible God reveals himself on mountaintops. In fact, we speak of "mountaintop experiences" in our lives--those moments where we have had a deep experience of God. This retreat will follow the prayers of the Spiritual Exercises in hopes that through silence and prayer these will be days of encountering our God who desires to reveal himself to us.

Groups Attending: Four Shepherds, Holy Child Jesus (formerly SS. Timothy, Henry & Margaret), Fr. Ladniak Memorial, St. Mary KC (Buffalo Grove)

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January 14-16, 2022
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men

Retreat Master: Fr. Patrick Fairbanks, SJ
Retreat Title: Renewal Through the Intercession of Ignatius Loyola, Francis Xavier and Pedro Arrupe 

The talks are grounded in the Spiritual Exercises and encourage the retreatant through prayer, reflections on Scripture, and the sacraments.  We seek to know how best to respond to the call of Jesus Christ to follow Him in the coming year.

Groups Attending: Individuals, St. Anne (Barrington), Ken Murphy Group

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January 17, 2022 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Men & Women

Retreat Masters: Joshua Peters, SJ and Eric Styles
Retreat Title: Ignatian Reflections on Racism, Reconciliation, and Hope

Join us in a day focused on prayer, song, and sacred scripture that grounds our commitment to the Beloved Community in a faith that looks upon the world with open eyes, seeing God’s grace.  The work of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr continues with us. Even in a divided world, we trust that shared experience will lead to what Ignatius called “God’s deepening life in us.”

Program Cost: $60.00 (includes Lunch)

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January 21-23, 2022
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men

Retreat Master: Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ
Retreat Title: Discerning Your Decision (Roche-Zera Group)

Drawing on insights from his book, “What’s Your Decision?”, Fr. Michael will present an “Ignatian tool kit” for discernment and decision making, leading a series of prayer exercises designed to help us listen to God. 

Groups Attending: Roche-Zera Group, Divine Mercy Northshore - Sacred Heart & St Phillip*(Winnetka), KC St. Charles 12497, KC-Elmhurst

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January 28-30, 2022
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men

Retreat Master: Fr. Dan Hartnett, SJ
Retreat Title: Habits of Holiness

Habits play a critical role in our everyday lives. On this weekend retreat, we will consider what it would be like to “put on” or to appropriate habits of the heart and those habits of service that we find in Christ Jesus.

Groups Attending: Individuals, St Patrick Men (St Charles), Knights of Columbus 12497 (St Charles), Saints Faith, Hope & Charity (Winnetka), St James the Apostle (Glen Ellyn)

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February 4-6, 2022
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Women

Retreat Master: Fr. Jeff Putthoff, SJ
Retreat Title: Embracing Our Parts: Holy Ignatian Wholeness

Our unique holiness is truly found in our wholeness in Jesus. We will use Ignatian contemplation in this weekend retreat, making use of the senses and imagination, to enter more fully into our wholeness and walk more closely with Jesus.

Groups Attending: Individuals, St Mary Women (Huntley)

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February 11-13, 2022
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men

Retreat Master: Fr. Jayme Stayer, SJ
Retreat Title: Anxiety and Fear; Prayer and Grace

Our lives are filled with small, insistent worries and with large, existential terrors. Ignatian spirituality teaches that fear--while not a sin in itself--often provokes our sinful natures. Embraced by God's grace and hope, we will shine a light on our fears, and watch their power over us dissolve.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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February 13, 2022 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
An Evening of Reflection for Couples

Retreat Master: Nancy Hulsebosch
Retreat Title: Tending the Flame of Love: Candlelight Evening for Married Couples

Give your marriage the loving attention it deserves by treating you and your spouse to a feast for body and soul. Come be fed with prayerful reflection, a scrumptious meal, and a soul nourishing Eucharist  that includes renewing your wedding vows. Come to the quiet to tend the flame of your love!

Program Cost: $100.00 (includes Dinner)

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February 21, 2022 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Men & Women

Retreat Master: Dr. Amy Cattapan
Retreat Title: Gratitude, Rest & Renewal for Educators

Veteran classroom teacher Dr. Amy Cattapan shares the tricks and tips she's learned for making it through those class sessions when it seems like June will never come.  Fr. Michael Sparough SJ and Mary McKeon will also lead educators through guided meditation and Ignatian prayer exercises.  Optional activities include the time to pray, rest and enjoy the serenity of the house and grounds. Registration includes a complimentary journal and pen.

Program Cost: $60.00 (includes Lunch)

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February 25-27, 2022
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men

Retreat Master: Fr. Mitch Pacwa, SJ
Retreat Title: How Can God Use a Sinner Like Me?

Why isn't the Church filled with saints? Jesus came to call sinners because, after his Mother, that was all he had to work with.  The Gospels regularly present the sins and foibles of the apostles, the Pharisees and Sadducees, and the rest of the people who came to Jesus. He loved the sinners, but he challenged them to turn away from their sins. He challenged them to believe more fully in him; he required the sinners to obey his commandments as evidence that they loved him, and he sent them the Holy Spirit so that God himself would be the very strength to become authentic disciples. Jesus is still present in the Church today to continue these processes with us. The goal will be to see ourselves in the lives of the first disciples, moving from sin and vice to holiness and virtue.

Groups Attending: Individuals, Naperville-MM/PP/R/TH, St Isaac Jogues (Hinsdale), Walsh Jesuit High School Alumni, St Francis de Sales (Lake Zurich)

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March 2, 2022 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Men & Women

Retreat Master: Fr. Doug Leonhardt, SJ
Retreat Title: What a Friend We Have in Jesus: Getting to Know Jesus On Our Lenten Journey

We will look at Jesus in the desert as an example for our Lenten journey. Then we will look at the way Jesus quenches our deepest thirst, opens our inner eyes to His presence, and unbinds us and sets us free.

Program Cost: $60.00 (includes Lunch)

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March 3-6, 2022
A 4-Day Ignatian, Silent Retreat for Men & Women

Retreat Masters: Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ and Fr. Bernie Owens, SJ
Retreat Title: Discerning Your Decisions in the Ignatian Tradition

Drawing on insights from their writings and teaching, Fr. Michael and Fr. Bernie will present an "Ignatian tool kit" for discernment and decision making, leading a series of prayer exercises designed to help us listen to God.

Groups Attending: Individuals, St. Mary (Des Plaines)

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March 11-13, 2022
An Ignatian, Recovery Weekend Retreat for Men & Women

Retreat Master: Sr. Linda Fischer
Retreat Title: Stage 2 Recovery: Living the Steps

Stage 1 Recovery is abstinence from the alcohol or drugs that were ruining our lives. Stage 2 Recovery happens when we want more from ourselves and our recovery than just abstinence. This retreat will talk about how we go from "Working the Steps" to "Living the Steps."

Groups Attending: Individuals

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March 18-20, 2022
An Ignatian, Recovery Weekend Retreat for Men

Retreat Master: Fr. Tim Meier, SJ
Retreat Title: Using the Steps to Thrive in our Post-Pandemic World

We will consider our new reality (post-Pandemic) by means of the 12 Steps (and maybe a few Traditions) because Bill Wilson tells us that if we apply Steps in other areas of our lives, we can expect analogous spiritual awakenings -- even in the new reality we are now living.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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March 20, 2022 8:00 am to 6:30 pm
A Veteran's Coming Home Retreat for Men & Women

Retreat Master: 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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March 25-27, 2022
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men

Retreat Master: Fr. David Meconi, SJ
Retreat Title: You Too Are Christ!

The only goal of the Christian life is to follow the Lord's pattern, as he became human, we are to become "divine." This means that at baptism we received all we needed to become more and more the children of God and through the Eucharist, our own prayer and regular retreats, we further that identity as sons and daughters of God, thus sharing in Jesus' own life before the Father as well as before Mary our Mother in the order of grace.

Groups Attending: Individuals, K of C Holy Ghost Council 4977 (St. Theresa, Palatine)

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March 29, 2022 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Men & Women

Retreat Master: Sr. Wendy Cotter, CSJ, PhD
Retreat Title: Together with Jesus in his Journey of Salvation

As we approach Passion Sunday, and the Holy Triduum, please join us for this day of prayer, when guided by St. Luke’s gospel, we will accompany Jesus in his passion, death and resurrection, his salvific gift of life, and his world embracing message of love, peace, and unity.

Program Cost: $60.00 (includes Lunch)

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April 1-3, 2022
An Ignatian, Semi-Silent Weekend Retreat for Couples

Retreat Masters: Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ and Mrs. Mary McKeon
Retreat Title: The Joy of Love: Praying with Pope Francis' Teaching on Marriage

The Holy Father has given many inspiring and practical suggestions for couples to grow together in love and holiness.  Fr Michael and Mary will explore his thought with inspiring reflections,  heart touching dramatizations and soul stirring music. This retreat also provides  plenty of time for you and your spouse to come together and talk about what’s most important in your marriage.  Come to deepen the joy of your love in your marriage!

Groups Attending: Married Couples

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April 8-10, 2022
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men

Retreat Master: Fr. Keith Muccino, SJ
Retreat Title: You Will Do 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. This retreat will help to harness the gifts and energy of the Spirit waiting to work through us.

Groups Attending: Individuals, KC-St. Catherine (Dundee)

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April 11-14, 2022
Private Retreat Days for Men & Women

Retreat Master: Bellarmine Jesuit Ministry Team and Additional Spiritual Directors
Retreat Title: Silent Private Retreats

Come to enjoy the quiet of Bellarmine before the Holy Triduum retreat either as a part of an extended retreat, or as just separate private retreat only. Spiritual Direction is available upon request; otherwise, enjoy the time to pray, rest and enjoy the serenity of the house and grounds.

Cost for more than one night: $125/Day

otherwise:

Cost: $150.00/day

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April 12, 2022 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
An Evening of Reflection for Women

Retreat Master: Mrs. Mary McKeon
Retreat Title: The Way of the Cross through Mary's Eyes

Come join us this Tuesday of Holy Week to walk the Way of the Cross alongside Mary, the Mother of God, who remained compassionate and faithful to God even at the foot of the cross. The evening includes a simple Lenten dinner, reflection and Stations of the Cross.

Program Cost: $45.00 (includes Dinner)

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April 14-16, 2022
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men & Women

Retreat Master: Fr. Peter Bernardi, SJ
Retreat Title: Living the Paschal Mystery

St. Paul testifies: "[I want] to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by being conformed to his death, if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead." (Philippians, 3:10-11). This triduum retreat is an opportunity to deepen our saving relationship with Christ, Crucified and Risen, in whom we place our hope.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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April 21, 2022 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
An Evening of Reflection for Men & Women

Retreat Masters: Fr. Bob Dufford, SJ and Fr. Roc O'Connor, SJ
Retreat Title: Music & Prayer with a Duet of the St. Louis Jesuits

Join Fr. Roc O'Connor and Fr. Bob Dufford in a joyful evening of song and praise.

Program Cost: $45.00 (includes Dinner)

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April 22-24, 2022
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men & Women

Retreat Masters: Fr. Bob Dufford, SJ and Maureen Martin
Retreat Title: Stay With Us: Engage the Joy and Peace of Christ

How do we live into the grace of the Easter season?  We are reminded of the experience of the disciples who fleetingly encountered the risen Jesus, finding hope in times of fear and discovering the extraordinary in the midst of their ordinary lives.  Through Scripture and music, plus time for reflection and prayer, we will engage the joy and peace of the risen Christ.

Groups Attending: Individuals, St Mary of Vernon

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April 29-May 1, 2022
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Women

Retreat Master: Mrs. Mary McKeon
Retreat Title: Contemporary Women of Faith: Exploring Being a Contemplative in Action

Jesus said “Seeing they see not, and hearing they hear not” (Mt 13:13). What might we be missing in the stressful and busy pace of our lives today? What message might Jesus have to offer to women of our time? Come join other women of faith as we explore the stories of women in Scripture and contemporary women who encounter the living Jesus. The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius bid us to “come and see.”

Groups Attending: Individuals

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May 22, 2022 8:00 am to 6:30 pm
A Veteran's Coming Home Retreat for Men & Women

Retreat Master: 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 8, 2022 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Men & Women

Retreat Master: Mrs. Mary McKeon
Retreat Title: Care for the Caregiver: Come Away and Rest Awhile

If you are in the personal, professional, or ministerial role of caregiving, we offer this day just for you. Come away to the quiet to be refreshed, renewed, and enriched.

Program Cost: $60.00 (includes Lunch)

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June 11, 2022 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Men & Women

Retreat Master: To Be Determined
Retreat Title: Nuestra Historia de Salvación

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

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June 20, 2022 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Men & Women

Retreat Master: Fr. Jim Strzok, SJ
Retreat Title: Walking with God in Creation

“Ever since God created the world, His invisible qualities, both His eternal power and His divine nature have been clearly seen; they are perceived in the things that God has made.” - Romans 1:20. 

Creation itself is the first bible. Walking with God in Creation will be a day of exploring creation in our own backyard while contemplating some amazing scientific discoveries that challenge and deepen our faith and understanding of our creator.

Program Cost: $60.00 (includes Lunch)

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Virtual Day of Reflection

We may be offering the October 11, 2021 program (Discerning Your Decision) with Fr. Sparough, SJ as a Virtual Day of Reflection. If you are interested in attending a virtual Day of Reflection on October 11, 2021 please enter your contact information here.

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.

The recording of this retreat is now available for purchase. Click the button below to be taken to the purchase page. After completing the transaction you will receive a link to the recorded virtual retreat in your email.

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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 24-26, 2021
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men

Retreat Master: Fr. Matthew Linn, SJ
Retreat Title: The Beatitudes: The Key to Peace & Healing in Challenging Times

How can we find peace and healing in these challenging times of pandemic, violence, and isolation that has us virtually zooming rather than physically hugging those who love us?   For our times Jesus gave the beatitudes to transform the times of deepest suffering into times of deepest blessing and new life.   This retreat will experience the healing process in each beatitude to create abundant life wherever we have struggled to find any life.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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October 1-3, 2021
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men

Retreat Master: Fr. Jeff Putthoff, SJ
Retreat Title: Embracing Our Parts: Holy Ignatian Wholeness

Our unique holiness is truly found in our wholeness in Jesus.  We will use Ignatian contemplation in this weekend retreat, making use of the senses and imagination, to enter more fully into our wholeness and walk more closely with Jesus

Groups Attending: Individuals, Holy Spirit Catholic Community (Naperville)

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October 8-10, 2021
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men

Retreat Masters: Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ and Fr. Bernie Owens, SJ
Retreat Title: Discerning Your Decisions in the Ignatian Tradition

Drawing on insights from their writings and teaching, Fr. Michael and Fr. Bernie will present an "Ignatian tool kit" for discernment and decision making, leading a series of prayer exercises designed to help us listen to God.

Groups Attending: Individuals, Divine Mercy Northshore - Sacred Heart & St Phillip (Winnetka)*, St. John Neumann (St Charles), Mazzuchelli's Men, Catholic Community of Northbrook Men, Joe Bussone (St. Mary of Sycamore), Holy Family (Inverness)

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December 3-5, 2021
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men

Retreat Master: Fr. Paul Mueller, SJ
Retreat Title: A Father's Heart

On December 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, we come to the conclusion of the special “Year of St. Joseph,” proclaimed by Pope Francis in his Apostolic Letter “Patris corde,” With a Father’s Heart. God invites all men to have a father’s heart — whether or not they happen to have children! In companionship with St. Joseph and the Holy Family, on this retreat we will explore a Father’s heart.

Groups Attending: Individuals, St Basil (formerly the Don Goodwille group)

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January 7-9, 2022
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men

Retreat Master: Fr. Brad Held, SJ
Retreat Title: The Mountaintop: The Place Where God Dwells (Four Shepherds Group)

Throughout the Bible God reveals himself on mountaintops. In fact, we speak of "mountaintop experiences" in our lives--those moments where we have had a deep experience of God. This retreat will follow the prayers of the Spiritual Exercises in hopes that through silence and prayer these will be days of encountering our God who desires to reveal himself to us.

Groups Attending: Four Shepherds, Holy Child Jesus (formerly SS. Timothy, Henry & Margaret), Fr. Ladniak Memorial, St. Mary KC (Buffalo Grove)

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January 14-16, 2022
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men

Retreat Master: Fr. Patrick Fairbanks, SJ
Retreat Title: Renewal Through the Intercession of Ignatius Loyola, Francis Xavier and Pedro Arrupe 

The talks are grounded in the Spiritual Exercises and encourage the retreatant through prayer, reflections on Scripture, and the sacraments.  We seek to know how best to respond to the call of Jesus Christ to follow Him in the coming year.

Groups Attending: Individuals, St. Anne (Barrington), Ken Murphy Group

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January 21-23, 2022
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men

Retreat Master: Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ
Retreat Title: Discerning Your Decision (Roche-Zera Group)

Drawing on insights from his book, “What’s Your Decision?”, Fr. Michael will present an “Ignatian tool kit” for discernment and decision making, leading a series of prayer exercises designed to help us listen to God. 

Groups Attending: Roche-Zera Group, Divine Mercy Northshore - Sacred Heart & St Phillip*(Winnetka), KC St. Charles 12497, KC-Elmhurst

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January 28-30, 2022
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men

Retreat Master: Fr. Dan Hartnett, SJ
Retreat Title: Habits of Holiness

Habits play a critical role in our everyday lives. On this weekend retreat, we will consider what it would be like to “put on” or to appropriate habits of the heart and those habits of service that we find in Christ Jesus.

Groups Attending: Individuals, St Patrick Men (St Charles), Knights of Columbus 12497 (St Charles), Saints Faith, Hope & Charity (Winnetka), St James the Apostle (Glen Ellyn)

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February 11-13, 2022
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men

Retreat Master: Fr. Jayme Stayer, SJ
Retreat Title: Anxiety and Fear; Prayer and Grace

Our lives are filled with small, insistent worries and with large, existential terrors. Ignatian spirituality teaches that fear--while not a sin in itself--often provokes our sinful natures. Embraced by God's grace and hope, we will shine a light on our fears, and watch their power over us dissolve.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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February 25-27, 2022
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men

Retreat Master: Fr. Mitch Pacwa, SJ
Retreat Title: How Can God Use a Sinner Like Me?

Why isn't the Church filled with saints? Jesus came to call sinners because, after his Mother, that was all he had to work with.  The Gospels regularly present the sins and foibles of the apostles, the Pharisees and Sadducees, and the rest of the people who came to Jesus. He loved the sinners, but he challenged them to turn away from their sins. He challenged them to believe more fully in him; he required the sinners to obey his commandments as evidence that they loved him, and he sent them the Holy Spirit so that God himself would be the very strength to become authentic disciples. Jesus is still present in the Church today to continue these processes with us. The goal will be to see ourselves in the lives of the first disciples, moving from sin and vice to holiness and virtue.

Groups Attending: Individuals, Naperville-MM/PP/R/TH, St Isaac Jogues (Hinsdale), Walsh Jesuit High School Alumni, St Francis de Sales (Lake Zurich)

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March 25-27, 2022
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men

Retreat Master: Fr. David Meconi, SJ
Retreat Title: You Too Are Christ!

The only goal of the Christian life is to follow the Lord's pattern, as he became human, we are to become "divine." This means that at baptism we received all we needed to become more and more the children of God and through the Eucharist, our own prayer and regular retreats, we further that identity as sons and daughters of God, thus sharing in Jesus' own life before the Father as well as before Mary our Mother in the order of grace.

Groups Attending: Individuals, K of C Holy Ghost Council 4977 (St. Theresa, Palatine)

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April 8-10, 2022
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men

Retreat Master: Fr. Keith Muccino, SJ
Retreat Title: You Will Do 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. This retreat will help to harness the gifts and energy of the Spirit waiting to work through us.

Groups Attending: Individuals, KC-St. Catherine (Dundee)

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October 5-7, 2021
An Ignatian, Silent Midweek Retreat for Women

Retreat Master: Fr. Richard McGurn, SJ
Retreat Title: Jesus Tells Us: "I have come that they may have life."

Jesus comes to us today to renew our hopes and dreams, just as he told the woman at Jacob’s well: “the water I shall give will become in you a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

Groups Attending: Individuals, Letty and Friends

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October 12-November 9, 2021
A Weekly Ignatian Prayer Group for Women

Retreat Masters: Barbara Ritson and Carol Pankros
Retreat Title: A Women's 30-Day Retreat in Everyday Life, Based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola

Come and join us Tuesdays from 8:45am - 11:30am (five consecutive Tuesdays, October 12-November 9) for a guided 30-day women’s retreat in everyday life, as we pray together the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, and learn the wisdom within Ignatian Spirituality that enhances personal prayer and creates intimacy with God. Included will be Ignatian teaching, guided Lectio Divina, rich, shared prayer experiences, and small group discussion. All course materials will be provided.  Coffee, tea and water will be provided.

Program Cost: $300.00

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October 22-24, 2021
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Women

Retreat Master: Fr. David Shields, SJ
Retreat Title: Breaking Bread with Jesus

Taking various stories from the gospel of St Luke, we will read and consider themes that Jesus talked about when he was invited out. By accompanying Jesus at important meals, we can come to know his mind and heart more intimately, deepen our love for him and strengthen our level of discipleship as Catholic Christians.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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February 4-6, 2022
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Women

Retreat Master: Fr. Jeff Putthoff, SJ
Retreat Title: Embracing Our Parts: Holy Ignatian Wholeness

Our unique holiness is truly found in our wholeness in Jesus. We will use Ignatian contemplation in this weekend retreat, making use of the senses and imagination, to enter more fully into our wholeness and walk more closely with Jesus.

Groups Attending: Individuals, St Mary Women (Huntley)

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April 12, 2022 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
An Evening of Reflection for Women

Retreat Master: Mrs. Mary McKeon
Retreat Title: The Way of the Cross through Mary's Eyes

Come join us this Tuesday of Holy Week to walk the Way of the Cross alongside Mary, the Mother of God, who remained compassionate and faithful to God even at the foot of the cross. The evening includes a simple Lenten dinner, reflection and Stations of the Cross.

Program Cost: $45.00 (includes Dinner)

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April 29-May 1, 2022
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Women

Retreat Master: Mrs. Mary McKeon
Retreat Title: Contemporary Women of Faith: Exploring Being a Contemplative in Action

Jesus said “Seeing they see not, and hearing they hear not” (Mt 13:13). What might we be missing in the stressful and busy pace of our lives today? What message might Jesus have to offer to women of our time? Come join other women of faith as we explore the stories of women in Scripture and contemporary women who encounter the living Jesus. The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius bid us to “come and see.”

Groups Attending: Individuals

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September 27, 2021 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Men & Women

Retreat Master: Fr. Matthew Linn, SJ
Retreat Title: Be Not Afraid: Creating Life, Choosing Light

We live in a time of fear:  pandemic, violence, and fear that the future only brings more fears like climate collapse.   God again is saying, “I put before you death and life.  Choose life.”  This day we join Mary as she hears, “Fear not, you have found favor with God” and becomes God’s model of how to create life in a fearful world.

Program Cost: $60.00 (includes Lunch)

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October 11, 2021 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Men & Women

Retreat Master: Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ
Retreat Title: Discerning Your Decision

Drawing on insights from his book, What's Your Decision?, Fr. Michael will present an "Ignatian tool kit" for discernment and decision making, leading a series of prayer exercises designed to help us listen to God.

We may offer the October 11, 2021 Day of Reflection (Discerning Your Decision with Fr. Michael Sparough, SJ) in a virtual format.

If you are interested in attending a Virtual Day of Reflection for the Discerning Your Decision program on October 11, 2021 please click here to enter your contact information.  We will then get back to you to let you know if we will indeed have a virtual option as soon as a decision is made along with more details. 

Program Cost: $60.00 (includes Lunch)

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October 16-17, 2021
An Ignatian, Semi-Silent Overnight Retreat for Young Adults (20s and 30s)

Retreat Masters: Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ and Elizabeth Neubauer
Retreat Title: All-Surrounding Grace: Where the Spiritual Exercises Meet Mindful Meditation

Step away from the relentless pace of modern life.  Gift yourself with a retreat where you learn to let go, surrender, let God be God, and meet your deepest self.  We will delve in the timeless wisdom of the Spiritual Exercises blended with the deep calm of Mindfulness and Centering Prayer.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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October 24, 2021 8:00 am to 6:30 pm
A Veteran's Coming Home Retreat for Men & Women

Retreat Master: 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, 2021 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Men & Women

Retreat Master: Dr. Avis Clendenen
Retreat Title: Day of Grief

The veil is thin these November days when the season of remembering reconnects us to those souls whom we so dearly loved who are no longer with us as we once knew them. Sacred scriptures and poets provide manna in the deserts of grief. This day we shall sit on the well of grief and find solace, soulfulness and serenity in remembering…together.

Program Cost: $60.00 (includes Lunch)

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November 20-21, 2021
An Ignatian, Semi-Silent Overnight Retreat for Young Adults (20s and 30s)

Retreat Masters: Michael Pederson, SJ and Matthew Zurcher, SJ
Retreat Title: Christ the King: Living for Jesus in a Distracted World

As we celebrate the feast of Christ the King, Michael Pederson, S.J. and Matthew Zurcher, S.J. will prayerfully explore the joy of focusing on and following Jesus in a distracted world. The young adult retreatants will be invited to rejuvenating silence in which to ask: Who is Christ calling me to be?

Groups Attending: Individuals

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November 22, 2021 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Men & Women

Retreat Masters: Mrs. Mary McKeon and Fr. Jim Strzok, SJ
Retreat Title: Begin with Gratitude

St. Ignatius considered a lack of gratitude a serious offense against God. When we live from a place of entitlement, we cease to acknowledge the deep truth that all we have is a gift from God. As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, we pause to give thanks for our many blessings.

Program Cost: $60.00 (includes Lunch)

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November 22-24, 2021
Private Retreat Days for Men & Women

Retreat Master: Bellarmine Jesuit Ministry Team and Additional Spiritual Directors
Retreat Title: Silent Private Retreats

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.

One night: $150

More than than one night: $125/night

Cost: $150.00/day

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December 8, 2021 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Men & Women

Retreat Master: Holly Schapker
Retreat Title: Entering the Heart of Mary with St. Ignatius

Cincinnati artist Holly Schapker has devoted many years interpreting Ignatian and Marian spirituality through her paintings. This Day of Reflection is sure to be a feast for the eyes and rich food for the soul.

Program Cost: $60.00 (includes Lunch)

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December 16, 2021 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Men & Women

Retreat Masters: Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ and Mrs. Mary McKeon
Retreat Title: A Cup of Christmas Tea: Stories, Poems, Songs & Traditions

Fr. Michael and Mary bring you their 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 to the soulful, creative celebration of the Word made flesh, the birth of our Savior.

Program Cost: $60.00 (includes Lunch)

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January 17, 2022 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Men & Women

Retreat Masters: Joshua Peters, SJ and Eric Styles
Retreat Title: Ignatian Reflections on Racism, Reconciliation, and Hope

Join us in a day focused on prayer, song, and sacred scripture that grounds our commitment to the Beloved Community in a faith that looks upon the world with open eyes, seeing God’s grace.  The work of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr continues with us. Even in a divided world, we trust that shared experience will lead to what Ignatius called “God’s deepening life in us.”

Program Cost: $60.00 (includes Lunch)

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February 21, 2022 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Men & Women

Retreat Master: Dr. Amy Cattapan
Retreat Title: Gratitude, Rest & Renewal for Educators

Veteran classroom teacher Dr. Amy Cattapan shares the tricks and tips she's learned for making it through those class sessions when it seems like June will never come.  Fr. Michael Sparough SJ and Mary McKeon will also lead educators through guided meditation and Ignatian prayer exercises.  Optional activities include the time to pray, rest and enjoy the serenity of the house and grounds. Registration includes a complimentary journal and pen.

Program Cost: $60.00 (includes Lunch)

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March 2, 2022 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Men & Women

Retreat Master: Fr. Doug Leonhardt, SJ
Retreat Title: What a Friend We Have in Jesus: Getting to Know Jesus On Our Lenten Journey

We will look at Jesus in the desert as an example for our Lenten journey. Then we will look at the way Jesus quenches our deepest thirst, opens our inner eyes to His presence, and unbinds us and sets us free.

Program Cost: $60.00 (includes Lunch)

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March 3-6, 2022
A 4-Day Ignatian, Silent Retreat for Men & Women

Retreat Masters: Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ and Fr. Bernie Owens, SJ
Retreat Title: Discerning Your Decisions in the Ignatian Tradition

Drawing on insights from their writings and teaching, Fr. Michael and Fr. Bernie will present an "Ignatian tool kit" for discernment and decision making, leading a series of prayer exercises designed to help us listen to God.

Groups Attending: Individuals, St. Mary (Des Plaines)

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March 11-13, 2022
An Ignatian, Recovery Weekend Retreat for Men & Women

Retreat Master: Sr. Linda Fischer
Retreat Title: Stage 2 Recovery: Living the Steps

Stage 1 Recovery is abstinence from the alcohol or drugs that were ruining our lives. Stage 2 Recovery happens when we want more from ourselves and our recovery than just abstinence. This retreat will talk about how we go from "Working the Steps" to "Living the Steps."

Groups Attending: Individuals

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March 20, 2022 8:00 am to 6:30 pm
A Veteran's Coming Home Retreat for Men & Women

Retreat Master: 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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March 29, 2022 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Men & Women

Retreat Master: Sr. Wendy Cotter, CSJ, PhD
Retreat Title: Together with Jesus in his Journey of Salvation

As we approach Passion Sunday, and the Holy Triduum, please join us for this day of prayer, when guided by St. Luke’s gospel, we will accompany Jesus in his passion, death and resurrection, his salvific gift of life, and his world embracing message of love, peace, and unity.

Program Cost: $60.00 (includes Lunch)

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April 11-14, 2022
Private Retreat Days for Men & Women

Retreat Master: Bellarmine Jesuit Ministry Team and Additional Spiritual Directors
Retreat Title: Silent Private Retreats

Come to enjoy the quiet of Bellarmine before the Holy Triduum retreat either as a part of an extended retreat, or as just separate private retreat only. Spiritual Direction is available upon request; otherwise, enjoy the time to pray, rest and enjoy the serenity of the house and grounds.

Cost for more than one night: $125/Day

otherwise:

Cost: $150.00/day

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April 14-16, 2022
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men & Women

Retreat Master: Fr. Peter Bernardi, SJ
Retreat Title: Living the Paschal Mystery

St. Paul testifies: "[I want] to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by being conformed to his death, if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead." (Philippians, 3:10-11). This triduum retreat is an opportunity to deepen our saving relationship with Christ, Crucified and Risen, in whom we place our hope.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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April 21, 2022 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
An Evening of Reflection for Men & Women

Retreat Masters: Fr. Bob Dufford, SJ and Fr. Roc O'Connor, SJ
Retreat Title: Music & Prayer with a Duet of the St. Louis Jesuits

Join Fr. Roc O'Connor and Fr. Bob Dufford in a joyful evening of song and praise.

Program Cost: $45.00 (includes Dinner)

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April 22-24, 2022
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men & Women

Retreat Masters: Fr. Bob Dufford, SJ and Maureen Martin
Retreat Title: Stay With Us: Engage the Joy and Peace of Christ

How do we live into the grace of the Easter season?  We are reminded of the experience of the disciples who fleetingly encountered the risen Jesus, finding hope in times of fear and discovering the extraordinary in the midst of their ordinary lives.  Through Scripture and music, plus time for reflection and prayer, we will engage the joy and peace of the risen Christ.

Groups Attending: Individuals, St Mary of Vernon

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May 22, 2022 8:00 am to 6:30 pm
A Veteran's Coming Home Retreat for Men & Women

Retreat Master: 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 8, 2022 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Men & Women

Retreat Master: Mrs. Mary McKeon
Retreat Title: Care for the Caregiver: Come Away and Rest Awhile

If you are in the personal, professional, or ministerial role of caregiving, we offer this day just for you. Come away to the quiet to be refreshed, renewed, and enriched.

Program Cost: $60.00 (includes Lunch)

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June 11, 2022 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Men & Women

Retreat Master: To Be Determined
Retreat Title: Nuestra Historia de Salvación

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

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June 20, 2022 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Men & Women

Retreat Master: Fr. Jim Strzok, SJ
Retreat Title: Walking with God in Creation

“Ever since God created the world, His invisible qualities, both His eternal power and His divine nature have been clearly seen; they are perceived in the things that God has made.” - Romans 1:20. 

Creation itself is the first bible. Walking with God in Creation will be a day of exploring creation in our own backyard while contemplating some amazing scientific discoveries that challenge and deepen our faith and understanding of our creator.

Program Cost: $60.00 (includes Lunch)

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February 13, 2022 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
An Evening of Reflection for Couples

Retreat Master: Nancy Hulsebosch
Retreat Title: Tending the Flame of Love: Candlelight Evening for Married Couples

Give your marriage the loving attention it deserves by treating you and your spouse to a feast for body and soul. Come be fed with prayerful reflection, a scrumptious meal, and a soul nourishing Eucharist  that includes renewing your wedding vows. Come to the quiet to tend the flame of your love!

Program Cost: $100.00 (includes Dinner)

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April 1-3, 2022
An Ignatian, Semi-Silent Weekend Retreat for Couples

Retreat Masters: Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ and Mrs. Mary McKeon
Retreat Title: The Joy of Love: Praying with Pope Francis' Teaching on Marriage

The Holy Father has given many inspiring and practical suggestions for couples to grow together in love and holiness.  Fr Michael and Mary will explore his thought with inspiring reflections,  heart touching dramatizations and soul stirring music. This retreat also provides  plenty of time for you and your spouse to come together and talk about what’s most important in your marriage.  Come to deepen the joy of your love in your marriage!

Groups Attending: Married Couples

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October 29-31, 2021
An Ignatian, Recovery Weekend Retreat for Men

Retreat Master: Elizabeth Neubauer
Retreat Title: The Acid Test

Step Ten challenges us to continue our commitment to growth. “Then comes the acid test; can we stay sober, keep in emotional balance and live to good purpose under all conditions.” This weekend we will explore how the steps and principles of the program create and sustain a life of integrity and joy.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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November 5-7, 2021
An Ignatian, Recovery Weekend Retreat for Women

Retreat Master: Elizabeth Neubauer
Retreat Title: Spiritual Sobriety

Cultivating a relationship with a Higher Power. When our physical health is restored in recovery, we have the opportunity to grow into an emotionally mature person. From that foundation, we have an invitation to cultivate a healthy and meaningful relationship with a Higher Power. Our time together will look at how physical, emotional and spiritual health are related and what spiritual progress (not perfection) entails.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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November 12-14, 2021
An Ignatian, Recovery Weekend Retreat for Men

Retreat Master: Sr. Linda Fischer
Retreat Title: The Promises of Recovery

When we work and live the 12 Steps in our own lives, what happens? The 12 Promises begin coming true. There are 12 Steps and 12 Promises - this is not an accident. Each Promise is a blessing that, in time, we will receive.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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December 10-12, 2021
An Ignatian, Recovery Weekend Retreat for Men

Retreat Master: Fr. Timothy Seigel, SJ
Retreat Title: 1+2=3; Tune In and Turn Over

This retreat focuses on the sustaining rhythm of Steps One, Two and Three.  We will explore the unmanageable, sanity and decision.  We will also explore the Higher Power each of us relies upon.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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March 11-13, 2022
An Ignatian, Recovery Weekend Retreat for Men & Women

Retreat Master: Sr. Linda Fischer
Retreat Title: Stage 2 Recovery: Living the Steps

Stage 1 Recovery is abstinence from the alcohol or drugs that were ruining our lives. Stage 2 Recovery happens when we want more from ourselves and our recovery than just abstinence. This retreat will talk about how we go from "Working the Steps" to "Living the Steps."

Groups Attending: Individuals

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March 18-20, 2022
An Ignatian, Recovery Weekend Retreat for Men

Retreat Master: Fr. Tim Meier, SJ
Retreat Title: Using the Steps to Thrive in our Post-Pandemic World

We will consider our new reality (post-Pandemic) by means of the 12 Steps (and maybe a few Traditions) because Bill Wilson tells us that if we apply Steps in other areas of our lives, we can expect analogous spiritual awakenings -- even in the new reality we are now living.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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September 27, 2021 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Men & Women

Retreat Master: Fr. Matthew Linn, SJ
Retreat Title: Be Not Afraid: Creating Life, Choosing Light

We live in a time of fear:  pandemic, violence, and fear that the future only brings more fears like climate collapse.   God again is saying, “I put before you death and life.  Choose life.”  This day we join Mary as she hears, “Fear not, you have found favor with God” and becomes God’s model of how to create life in a fearful world.

Program Cost: $60.00 (includes Lunch)

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October 11, 2021 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Men & Women

Retreat Master: Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ
Retreat Title: Discerning Your Decision

Drawing on insights from his book, What's Your Decision?, Fr. Michael will present an "Ignatian tool kit" for discernment and decision making, leading a series of prayer exercises designed to help us listen to God.

We may offer the October 11, 2021 Day of Reflection (Discerning Your Decision with Fr. Michael Sparough, SJ) in a virtual format.

If you are interested in attending a Virtual Day of Reflection for the Discerning Your Decision program on October 11, 2021 please click here to enter your contact information.  We will then get back to you to let you know if we will indeed have a virtual option as soon as a decision is made along with more details. 

Program Cost: $60.00 (includes Lunch)

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October 12-November 9, 2021
A Weekly Ignatian Prayer Group for Women

Retreat Masters: Barbara Ritson and Carol Pankros
Retreat Title: A Women's 30-Day Retreat in Everyday Life, Based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola

Come and join us Tuesdays from 8:45am - 11:30am (five consecutive Tuesdays, October 12-November 9) for a guided 30-day women’s retreat in everyday life, as we pray together the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, and learn the wisdom within Ignatian Spirituality that enhances personal prayer and creates intimacy with God. Included will be Ignatian teaching, guided Lectio Divina, rich, shared prayer experiences, and small group discussion. All course materials will be provided.  Coffee, tea and water will be provided.

Program Cost: $300.00

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November 3, 2021 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Men & Women

Retreat Master: Dr. Avis Clendenen
Retreat Title: Day of Grief

The veil is thin these November days when the season of remembering reconnects us to those souls whom we so dearly loved who are no longer with us as we once knew them. Sacred scriptures and poets provide manna in the deserts of grief. This day we shall sit on the well of grief and find solace, soulfulness and serenity in remembering…together.

Program Cost: $60.00 (includes Lunch)

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November 22, 2021 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Men & Women

Retreat Masters: Mrs. Mary McKeon and Fr. Jim Strzok, SJ
Retreat Title: Begin with Gratitude

St. Ignatius considered a lack of gratitude a serious offense against God. When we live from a place of entitlement, we cease to acknowledge the deep truth that all we have is a gift from God. As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, we pause to give thanks for our many blessings.

Program Cost: $60.00 (includes Lunch)

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December 8, 2021 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Men & Women

Retreat Master: Holly Schapker
Retreat Title: Entering the Heart of Mary with St. Ignatius

Cincinnati artist Holly Schapker has devoted many years interpreting Ignatian and Marian spirituality through her paintings. This Day of Reflection is sure to be a feast for the eyes and rich food for the soul.

Program Cost: $60.00 (includes Lunch)

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December 16, 2021 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Men & Women

Retreat Masters: Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ and Mrs. Mary McKeon
Retreat Title: A Cup of Christmas Tea: Stories, Poems, Songs & Traditions

Fr. Michael and Mary bring you their 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 to the soulful, creative celebration of the Word made flesh, the birth of our Savior.

Program Cost: $60.00 (includes Lunch)

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January 17, 2022 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Men & Women

Retreat Masters: Joshua Peters, SJ and Eric Styles
Retreat Title: Ignatian Reflections on Racism, Reconciliation, and Hope

Join us in a day focused on prayer, song, and sacred scripture that grounds our commitment to the Beloved Community in a faith that looks upon the world with open eyes, seeing God’s grace.  The work of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr continues with us. Even in a divided world, we trust that shared experience will lead to what Ignatius called “God’s deepening life in us.”

Program Cost: $60.00 (includes Lunch)

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February 13, 2022 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
An Evening of Reflection for Couples

Retreat Master: Nancy Hulsebosch
Retreat Title: Tending the Flame of Love: Candlelight Evening for Married Couples

Give your marriage the loving attention it deserves by treating you and your spouse to a feast for body and soul. Come be fed with prayerful reflection, a scrumptious meal, and a soul nourishing Eucharist  that includes renewing your wedding vows. Come to the quiet to tend the flame of your love!

Program Cost: $100.00 (includes Dinner)

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February 21, 2022 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Men & Women

Retreat Master: Dr. Amy Cattapan
Retreat Title: Gratitude, Rest & Renewal for Educators

Veteran classroom teacher Dr. Amy Cattapan shares the tricks and tips she's learned for making it through those class sessions when it seems like June will never come.  Fr. Michael Sparough SJ and Mary McKeon will also lead educators through guided meditation and Ignatian prayer exercises.  Optional activities include the time to pray, rest and enjoy the serenity of the house and grounds. Registration includes a complimentary journal and pen.

Program Cost: $60.00 (includes Lunch)

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March 2, 2022 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Men & Women

Retreat Master: Fr. Doug Leonhardt, SJ
Retreat Title: What a Friend We Have in Jesus: Getting to Know Jesus On Our Lenten Journey

We will look at Jesus in the desert as an example for our Lenten journey. Then we will look at the way Jesus quenches our deepest thirst, opens our inner eyes to His presence, and unbinds us and sets us free.

Program Cost: $60.00 (includes Lunch)

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March 29, 2022 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Men & Women

Retreat Master: Sr. Wendy Cotter, CSJ, PhD
Retreat Title: Together with Jesus in his Journey of Salvation

As we approach Passion Sunday, and the Holy Triduum, please join us for this day of prayer, when guided by St. Luke’s gospel, we will accompany Jesus in his passion, death and resurrection, his salvific gift of life, and his world embracing message of love, peace, and unity.

Program Cost: $60.00 (includes Lunch)

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April 12, 2022 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
An Evening of Reflection for Women

Retreat Master: Mrs. Mary McKeon
Retreat Title: The Way of the Cross through Mary's Eyes

Come join us this Tuesday of Holy Week to walk the Way of the Cross alongside Mary, the Mother of God, who remained compassionate and faithful to God even at the foot of the cross. The evening includes a simple Lenten dinner, reflection and Stations of the Cross.

Program Cost: $45.00 (includes Dinner)

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April 21, 2022 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
An Evening of Reflection for Men & Women

Retreat Masters: Fr. Bob Dufford, SJ and Fr. Roc O'Connor, SJ
Retreat Title: Music & Prayer with a Duet of the St. Louis Jesuits

Join Fr. Roc O'Connor and Fr. Bob Dufford in a joyful evening of song and praise.

Program Cost: $45.00 (includes Dinner)

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June 8, 2022 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Men & Women

Retreat Master: Mrs. Mary McKeon
Retreat Title: Care for the Caregiver: Come Away and Rest Awhile

If you are in the personal, professional, or ministerial role of caregiving, we offer this day just for you. Come away to the quiet to be refreshed, renewed, and enriched.

Program Cost: $60.00 (includes Lunch)

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June 11, 2022 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Men & Women

Retreat Master: To Be Determined
Retreat Title: Nuestra Historia de Salvación

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

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June 20, 2022 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Men & Women

Retreat Master: Fr. Jim Strzok, SJ
Retreat Title: Walking with God in Creation

“Ever since God created the world, His invisible qualities, both His eternal power and His divine nature have been clearly seen; they are perceived in the things that God has made.” - Romans 1:20. 

Creation itself is the first bible. Walking with God in Creation will be a day of exploring creation in our own backyard while contemplating some amazing scientific discoveries that challenge and deepen our faith and understanding of our creator.

Program Cost: $60.00 (includes Lunch)

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October 24, 2021 8:00 am to 6:30 pm
A Veteran's Coming Home Retreat for Men & Women

Retreat Master: 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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March 20, 2022 8:00 am to 6:30 pm
A Veteran's Coming Home Retreat for Men & Women

Retreat Master: 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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May 22, 2022 8:00 am to 6:30 pm
A Veteran's Coming Home Retreat for Men & Women

Retreat Master: 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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