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Spirituality Programs

Throughout the year Bellarmine hosts spiritual programs that are open to the public. Our spirituality programs are meant for individuals who are 18 years or older. See below for a listing of programs and how to register. If you have any questions, please contact programs@jesuitretreat.org.

September 29, 2020 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm (Central Time)
A Virtual Evening of Reflection for Men & Women

Retreat Master: Becky Eldredge
Retreat Title: Living Anchored in Shifting Winds: A Live Virtual Evening of Reflection

We have this anchor of hope, firm and secure (Hebrews 6:19).  

The shifting winds of change in the last few months have sent all of us rocking. How can we hold onto hope and let that be our anchor? How can we lean on God's promises to provide our firm foundation?

Even though life changes, there is a constant. Throughout the centuries, God is a steady, unshakable, and enduring presence.  The presence of God in our life offers us the gift of the Promises of God that provide a firm foundation to build our life upon and anchor our hope.  

In this live virtual retreat, Becky Eldredge (spiritual director, retreat director, and author of Busy Lives & Restless Souls and The Inner Chapel) will help illuminate the promises God made to us.  She will share practical tools and prayer practices for going to our inner chapels that will help us anchor our lives in God’s firm foundation and increase our hope, even in the midst of steady, shifting winds.

Featuring guided prayer, live talks from Becky Eldredge, handouts and resources, and time for silent reflection. Check-in begins at 6:15 pm Central Time.

Please Note: Registration ends at 3pm the day of the retreat.

Program Cost: $30.00

Register Now

November 2, 2020 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Men & Women

Retreat Master: Fr. Al Johnson
Retreat Title: Grief Set Free

Participants will explore not only the uniqueness of their grief processes, but the possibilities of healing open to us all. As the father of a beautiful son Nicholas, who died from leukemia in March of 1989, we will walk together in discovery, prayer, and healing.

Program Cost: $60.00 (includes Lunch)

Register Now

November 23, 2020 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Men & Women

Retreat Masters: Mrs. Mary McKeon and Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ
Retreat Title: The Attitude of 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 our nation prepares to celebrate Thanksgiving, we pause to give thanks for the many blessings we have received.

Program Cost: $60.00 (includes Lunch)

Register Now

December 1, 2020 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Men & Women

Retreat Master: Sr. Wendy Cotter, CSJ, PhD
Retreat Title: The Infancy Narratives of Matthew: Revealing the Jesus Who Calls Us Right Now

The Infancy narratives of Matthew are bursting with life's challenges and threats to life, and God's outreach to guide and protect in every circumstance. A star in the heavens, and dreams for the most just of men, Joseph, husband of Mary and for the fervent and faithful magi, all obedient to God's voice, these save Jesus, Son of David and Messiah King, from certain slaying. St. Joseph, obedient to the angel, immediately guides Mary and Jesus to seek asylum in Egypt where they will live as exiles until, grateful, the angel will counsel them it is safe to return, but with danger in Judea, to move to Galilee. What does the Lord wish us to hear about our own lives as we prepare for Christmas? Come join us and may the Holy Spirit be our own Guiding Star to experience right now the Jesus who comes to save us.

Program Cost: $60.00 (includes Lunch)

Register Now

December 14, 2020 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, and Traditions

Mary and Fr. Michael team up once again to 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)

Register Now

January 5, 2021 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Quiet for Priests

This day is reserved for ordained priests looking for time to be in the peace of God’s Grace. Mass and Eucharistic Adoration are available.  Spiritual Direction is also available upon request.

Program Cost: $60.00 (includes Lunch)

Register Now

January 18, 2021 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Men & Women

Retreat Master: Dr. C. Vanessa White
Retreat Title: The Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

As we remember the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, let us stop and gather in prayer, music and song, reflection and storytelling to uncover the impact of his legacy on our own lives today. Come join us for a transformative day of reflection as we become, like Dr. King, members of the beloved community - men and women for others.

Program Cost: $60.00 (includes Lunch)

Register Now

February 14, 2021 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
An Evening of Reflection for Couples

Retreat Masters: Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ and Erin Maiorca
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: $50.00 (includes Dinner)

Register Now

February 17, 2021 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Men & Women

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

This retreat day 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)

Register Now

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

Retreat Masters: Rachel Forton and Nathaniel Gee
Retreat Title: Tenderhearted Forgiveness

Forgiveness is so often a struggle. What does it mean to “forgive one another as God has forgiven you in Christ” (Eph. 4:32)? We will explore forgiveness of God, self, and others in this day of prayer focused on the humility and grace needed to authentically forgive and be forgiven.

Program Cost: $60.00 (includes Lunch)

Register Now

March 15, 2021 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Men & Women

Retreat Masters: Mrs. Mary McKeon and Nancy Hulsebosch
Retreat Title: Care for the Caregiver: Companioning with Compassion, Balance and Prayer

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)

Register Now

March 30, 2021 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 the Stations of the Cross.

Program Cost: $40.00 (includes Dinner)

Register Now

April 6, 2021 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Quiet for Priests

This day is reserved for ordained Catholic priests looking for time to rest in the peace of God’s Grace. Mass and Eucharistic Adoration will be available. Spiritual Direction is also available upon request with advance notice at time of registration.

Program Cost: $60.00 (includes Lunch)

Register Now

April 12, 2021 10:30 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Men & Women

Retreat Master: Fr. James Gschwend, SJ, PhD
Retreat Title: God's Gift to Elders

This is a day intended for elder men and women interested in prayerfully integrating the gift of Days Gone By, The Gift of Today and the Gift of Tomorrows Yet to Come.  There will be Presentations, Time for Quiet, Personal Prayer and Reflection.  A Mass of Thanksgiving will be followed by a served luncheon with conversation among the elders present.  After the luncheon one could go home or stay around for conversation with the facilitator and others who choose to stay.

Program Cost: $60.00 (includes Lunch)

Register Now

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

Retreat Master: Dr. Michael Schuck
Retreat Title: Care for Creation

Join Dr. Michael Schuck, Loyola University of Chicago professor of Theology and the Institute for Environmental Sustainability, for a day of prayer focused on caring for the Earth.

Program Cost: $60.00 (includes Lunch)

Register Now

May 6, 2021 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Women

Retreat Masters: Mrs. Mary McKeon and Rachel Forton
Retreat Title: Praying with Mary, the Mother of God: A Day for Mothers & Daughters

Who better to pray with than the woman who first taught the Son of God to pray? Join us for a mother/daughter day of reflection exploring the Mary of Scripture, a woman of prayer, Our Mother who prays for us and with us.

Program Cost: $60.00 (includes Lunch)

Register Now

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

Retreat Master: Molly Henry
Retreat Title: Discover Your Strengths to Grow Spiritually & Serve God

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 participate in a series of powerful learning tasks based on the Living Your Strengths: Catholic Edition CliftonStrengths book designed to help you grow in appreciation of your unique talents, build them into strengths, and intentionally use your strengths every day. 

The registration fee includes the access code for the online assessment, which you will receive prior to the retreat.

Program Cost: $60.00 (includes Lunch)

Register Now

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

Retreat Master: Fr. Dan Hartnett, SJ
Retreat Title: Day of Prayer in Spanish: 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.

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

Register Now

July 14, 2021 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Men & Women

Retreat Master: Fr. Jim Kubicki, SJ
Retreat Title: St. Kateri and the Gift of Native American Spirituality

On the feast of St. Kateri Tekakwitha, the first Nativan American saint to be canonized, we will reflect on three important elements of Native American spirituality: the harmony between God and Nature, spirit and matter; the importance of community; and the call to generosity and sacrifice.

Program Cost: $60.00 (includes Lunch)

Register Now

September 29, 2020 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm (Central Time)
A Virtual Evening of Reflection for Men & Women

Retreat Master: Becky Eldredge
Retreat Title: Living Anchored in Shifting Winds: A Live Virtual Evening of Reflection

We have this anchor of hope, firm and secure (Hebrews 6:19).  

The shifting winds of change in the last few months have sent all of us rocking. How can we hold onto hope and let that be our anchor? How can we lean on God's promises to provide our firm foundation?

Even though life changes, there is a constant. Throughout the centuries, God is a steady, unshakable, and enduring presence.  The presence of God in our life offers us the gift of the Promises of God that provide a firm foundation to build our life upon and anchor our hope.  

In this live virtual retreat, Becky Eldredge (spiritual director, retreat director, and author of Busy Lives & Restless Souls and The Inner Chapel) will help illuminate the promises God made to us.  She will share practical tools and prayer practices for going to our inner chapels that will help us anchor our lives in God’s firm foundation and increase our hope, even in the midst of steady, shifting winds.

Featuring guided prayer, live talks from Becky Eldredge, handouts and resources, and time for silent reflection. Check-in begins at 6:15 pm Central Time.

Please Note: Registration ends at 3pm the day of the retreat.

Program Cost: $30.00

Register Now

February 14, 2021 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
An Evening of Reflection for Couples

Retreat Masters: Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ and Erin Maiorca
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: $50.00 (includes Dinner)

Register Now

March 30, 2021 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 the Stations of the Cross.

Program Cost: $40.00 (includes Dinner)

Register Now

November 2, 2020 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Men & Women

Retreat Master: Fr. Al Johnson
Retreat Title: Grief Set Free

Participants will explore not only the uniqueness of their grief processes, but the possibilities of healing open to us all. As the father of a beautiful son Nicholas, who died from leukemia in March of 1989, we will walk together in discovery, prayer, and healing.

Program Cost: $60.00 (includes Lunch)

Register Now

November 23, 2020 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Men & Women

Retreat Masters: Mrs. Mary McKeon and Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ
Retreat Title: The Attitude of 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 our nation prepares to celebrate Thanksgiving, we pause to give thanks for the many blessings we have received.

Program Cost: $60.00 (includes Lunch)

Register Now

December 1, 2020 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Men & Women

Retreat Master: Sr. Wendy Cotter, CSJ, PhD
Retreat Title: The Infancy Narratives of Matthew: Revealing the Jesus Who Calls Us Right Now

The Infancy narratives of Matthew are bursting with life's challenges and threats to life, and God's outreach to guide and protect in every circumstance. A star in the heavens, and dreams for the most just of men, Joseph, husband of Mary and for the fervent and faithful magi, all obedient to God's voice, these save Jesus, Son of David and Messiah King, from certain slaying. St. Joseph, obedient to the angel, immediately guides Mary and Jesus to seek asylum in Egypt where they will live as exiles until, grateful, the angel will counsel them it is safe to return, but with danger in Judea, to move to Galilee. What does the Lord wish us to hear about our own lives as we prepare for Christmas? Come join us and may the Holy Spirit be our own Guiding Star to experience right now the Jesus who comes to save us.

Program Cost: $60.00 (includes Lunch)

Register Now

December 14, 2020 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, and Traditions

Mary and Fr. Michael team up once again to 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)

Register Now

January 18, 2021 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Men & Women

Retreat Master: Dr. C. Vanessa White
Retreat Title: The Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

As we remember the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, let us stop and gather in prayer, music and song, reflection and storytelling to uncover the impact of his legacy on our own lives today. Come join us for a transformative day of reflection as we become, like Dr. King, members of the beloved community - men and women for others.

Program Cost: $60.00 (includes Lunch)

Register Now

February 17, 2021 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Men & Women

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

This retreat day 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)

Register Now

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

Retreat Masters: Rachel Forton and Nathaniel Gee
Retreat Title: Tenderhearted Forgiveness

Forgiveness is so often a struggle. What does it mean to “forgive one another as God has forgiven you in Christ” (Eph. 4:32)? We will explore forgiveness of God, self, and others in this day of prayer focused on the humility and grace needed to authentically forgive and be forgiven.

Program Cost: $60.00 (includes Lunch)

Register Now

March 15, 2021 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Men & Women

Retreat Masters: Mrs. Mary McKeon and Nancy Hulsebosch
Retreat Title: Care for the Caregiver: Companioning with Compassion, Balance and Prayer

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)

Register Now

April 12, 2021 10:30 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Men & Women

Retreat Master: Fr. James Gschwend, SJ, PhD
Retreat Title: God's Gift to Elders

This is a day intended for elder men and women interested in prayerfully integrating the gift of Days Gone By, The Gift of Today and the Gift of Tomorrows Yet to Come.  There will be Presentations, Time for Quiet, Personal Prayer and Reflection.  A Mass of Thanksgiving will be followed by a served luncheon with conversation among the elders present.  After the luncheon one could go home or stay around for conversation with the facilitator and others who choose to stay.

Program Cost: $60.00 (includes Lunch)

Register Now

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

Retreat Master: Dr. Michael Schuck
Retreat Title: Care for Creation

Join Dr. Michael Schuck, Loyola University of Chicago professor of Theology and the Institute for Environmental Sustainability, for a day of prayer focused on caring for the Earth.

Program Cost: $60.00 (includes Lunch)

Register Now

May 6, 2021 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Women

Retreat Masters: Mrs. Mary McKeon and Rachel Forton
Retreat Title: Praying with Mary, the Mother of God: A Day for Mothers & Daughters

Who better to pray with than the woman who first taught the Son of God to pray? Join us for a mother/daughter day of reflection exploring the Mary of Scripture, a woman of prayer, Our Mother who prays for us and with us.

Program Cost: $60.00 (includes Lunch)

Register Now

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

Retreat Master: Molly Henry
Retreat Title: Discover Your Strengths to Grow Spiritually & Serve God

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 participate in a series of powerful learning tasks based on the Living Your Strengths: Catholic Edition CliftonStrengths book designed to help you grow in appreciation of your unique talents, build them into strengths, and intentionally use your strengths every day. 

The registration fee includes the access code for the online assessment, which you will receive prior to the retreat.

Program Cost: $60.00 (includes Lunch)

Register Now

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

Retreat Master: Fr. Dan Hartnett, SJ
Retreat Title: Day of Prayer in Spanish: 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.

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

Register Now

July 14, 2021 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Men & Women

Retreat Master: Fr. Jim Kubicki, SJ
Retreat Title: St. Kateri and the Gift of Native American Spirituality

On the feast of St. Kateri Tekakwitha, the first Nativan American saint to be canonized, we will reflect on three important elements of Native American spirituality: the harmony between God and Nature, spirit and matter; the importance of community; and the call to generosity and sacrifice.

Program Cost: $60.00 (includes Lunch)

Register Now

September 29, 2020 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm (Central Time)
A Virtual Evening of Reflection for Men & Women

Retreat Master: Becky Eldredge
Retreat Title: Living Anchored in Shifting Winds: A Live Virtual Evening of Reflection

We have this anchor of hope, firm and secure (Hebrews 6:19).  

The shifting winds of change in the last few months have sent all of us rocking. How can we hold onto hope and let that be our anchor? How can we lean on God's promises to provide our firm foundation?

Even though life changes, there is a constant. Throughout the centuries, God is a steady, unshakable, and enduring presence.  The presence of God in our life offers us the gift of the Promises of God that provide a firm foundation to build our life upon and anchor our hope.  

In this live virtual retreat, Becky Eldredge (spiritual director, retreat director, and author of Busy Lives & Restless Souls and The Inner Chapel) will help illuminate the promises God made to us.  She will share practical tools and prayer practices for going to our inner chapels that will help us anchor our lives in God’s firm foundation and increase our hope, even in the midst of steady, shifting winds.

Featuring guided prayer, live talks from Becky Eldredge, handouts and resources, and time for silent reflection. Check-in begins at 6:15 pm Central Time.

Please Note: Registration ends at 3pm the day of the retreat.

Program Cost: $30.00

Register Now