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The Sacred Heart of Jesus

An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men

January 12 - 14, 2024

Groups Attending: Individuals, St. Anne Catholic Community (Barrington), St. Francis de Sales (Lake Zurich)

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


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


This retreat includes several presentations, daily mass, 6 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. Each retreatant has their own bedroom. 

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Retreat Leader

Fr. Joe Laramie, SJ

Fr. Joe Laramie SJ is the national director of the Pope's Prayer Network [Apostleship of Prayer]-- a 175-year-old ministry uniting hearts to the Sacred Heart. He is also a National Eucharistic Preacher for the Eucharistic Revival. Fr. Laramie entered the Jesuits in 2000 was ordained in 2011. He taught at all-boys Jesuit high schools in Colorado and Kansas City and served as a college campus minister in St Louis.

Fr. Laramie served at Mayan villages in Belize. He has been featured on the Hallow app, EWTN, Busted Halo, and America magazine. He is the author of two books -Love Him Ever More: a 9-Day Personal Retreat with the Sacred Heart of Jesus, based on the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius Loyola [Ave Maria Press, Notre Dame, 2022] and Abide in the Heart of Christ: a 10-Day Personal Retreat with St Ignatius Loyola, based on the Spiritual Exercises [Ave Maria Press, Notre Dame, 2019].