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Preparing to Meet Jesus:  What is Good Discipleship?

An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men

December 2 - 4, 2022

Groups Attending: St Basil FKA Don Goodwillie, Individuals

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


During the season of Advent we prepare both for commemoration of Jesus’ first coming and our longing for his second coming.  Each ‘coming of Christ’ puts us in mind that, yes, we are sinners, but that we also are recipients of God’s love.  How we respond to that love is the challenge we face as we make the effort to follow Jesus.


This retreat includes 7 presentations, daily mass, 6 hot meals, the opportunity for one-on-one spiritual direction with a trained spiritual director, and many other opportunities to explore our 80 acres and almost 60k square feet of  interior space.  All activities are optional, but we do ask everyone to respect the quiet of the retreat house for everyone to have the opportunity to read, sleep and reflect in the quiet. 

Bellarmine has two libraries, a resource center, two chapels, and many other common areas.  Outdoor spaces include a various walking trails, various prayer gardens, a gazebo, stations of the cross, as well as a few patios and outdoor chairs and benches.   

You can learn more about what to expect by visiting this page.

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Retreat Leader

Fr. Andrew Wawrzyn

Fr. Andrew Wawryzn was ordained in 2010 for the Archdiocese of Chicago. Prior to his ordination to the Archdiocese he was a member of the Jesuit order for 13 years. Fr. Wawryzn attended Marquette University for undergraduate studies graduating in 1994. He obtained one degree in philosophy (MA) and two degrees in theology (MDiv and ThM) while a Jesuit, and earned an STL degree in theology from Mundelein Seminary in 2011.

Fr. Wawryzn taught high school, directed retreats, offered spiritual direction and served parishes during his ministry. He has served in the Archdiocese of Chicago at St. Peter in Skokie, St. Alphonsus in Chicago, and Our Lady of the Woods in Orland Park. Fr. Wawryzn currently serves as chaplain and director for the University of Chicago Newman Center, Calvert House.