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Praying Advent with St. Ignatius

December 14-15, 2018
An Ignatian, Silent Overnight Retreat for Men & Women

Retreat Title: Praying Advent with St. Ignatius

Bellarmine  retreat masters Fr Michael Sparough, SJ and Mary McKeon team together for an invigorating retreat. Together they explore the Advent themes while helping us expand our prayer vocabulary. Prayer styles include the Ignatian prayer of imagination, contemplation, meditation, Lectio Divina, body and gesture prayer, and journaling. The retreat begins with check-in between 4:00 and 6:00 pm on Friday and concludes with 6:00 pm dinner on Saturday.

Groups Attending: Individuals, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Devotions Ministries, Lake County, Meet Me in the Silence

Please call the office at 847-381-1261 to register for this retreat.

Retreat Masters:


Mrs. Mary McKeon

Mary McKeon is a member of Bellarmine's ministry staff, a spiritual director, and coordinator of women's ministry.  Mary is a graduate of Marquette University.  She taught school in Milwaukee's inner city before moving to Washington, DC to work for the United States Senate.  She and her late husband have a daughter, son-in-law and three grandsons who are the joy of her life.  Mary received her training as a spiritual/retreat director at the Jesuits' Manresa Retreat House in Bloomfield Hills, MI, where she served on the ministry team and became their first Director of Women's Ministry.  In 2014, Mary was the second person to be honored with Manresa's Lifetime Achievement Award.


Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ

Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ is a member of Bellarmine’s resident staff. He holds a Master of Fine Arts from the Yale School of Drama and a Doctor of Ministry degree from St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein, IL.  He is the founder of Charis Ministries, the Jesuit retreat ministry for outreach to young adults in their twenties and thirties and has trained spiritual directors at Loyola University Chicago’s Institute of Pastoral Studies.  A prolific writer and speaker, Fr. Michael has published books on prayer and the sacraments with Franciscan Media, Paulist Press, and Liturgical Training Publications.  His latest book, What’s Your Decision? is published by Loyola Press.