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Martin Luther King, Jr. - Racism, Reconciliation, and Hope: God of Our Weary Years

A Day of Reflection for Adults

January 16, 2023
9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Program Cost: $65.00 (includes Lunch)

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


Join Fr. Joshua Peters, SJ, Eric Styles, and pianist and vocalist Eric Rutherford 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 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."


Check-in starts at 8:30 am with a continental breakfast including coffee, tea, juice and fresh fruit and pastries.  The day will include a few talks, Mass, a delicious, freshly made lunch with salad, soup, an entrée and dessert. 

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, rest, and reflect in the quiet.

You will have time to explore our 80 acres and almost 60k square feet of  interior space. Bellarmine has two libraries, a resource center, two chapels, and many other common areas. Outdoor spaces include various walking trails, several prayer gardens, a gazebo, stations of the cross, as well as a few patios and outdoor chairs and benches.   

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Retreat Leaders

Fr. Joshua Peters, SJ

Fr. Joshua Peters, SJ is the Director of Mission and Identity at Christ the King Jesuit College Prep on Chicago's West Side. He serves on the leadership team for the Jesuit Antiracism Sodality (JARS) of the Midwest Jesuit Province.

Eric Styles

Eric Styles is the lay rector of Carroll Hall, an undergraduate residential community at the University of Notre Dame.  He published in America, Church Life Journal, Liturgy Training Publications, and U.S. Catholic.  Eric is a collaborator with Afro House, a Baltimore based music driven performance art ensemble and a former Jesuit scholastic trained in Ignatian spiritual direction.

Eric Rutherford

Born and raised in Detroit Michigan, Eric Rutherford is an especially gifted singer, keyboardist, songwriter composer and educator with a natural thirst for music. For years he has trained in jazz, gospel, and pop styles which all come together to help inform his sound which is not only versatile and broad, but masterful. Having started learning piano and organ at age 9, Eric's talents and love for music were honed and developed in church, and continued to be until he went on to formally study music at Columbia College Chicago - there he obtained a Bachelor of Music Degree. Eric also had the opportunity to study music internationally at Conservatorío Dí Pescara in Abruzzo Italy and Popakademie Baden-Wüttemburg in Mannheim Germany.

Performing professionally since age 19, Rutherford has had the pleasure to share his musicianship on many stages and venues throughout the Midwest from the historic Chicago Theatre, to churches and places of worship, to the House of Blues and beyond. His career has led him to perform with such Grammy Award winning artists as Paula Cole, Diane Warren, and Cory Henry. Eric Rutherford is a highly dedicated artist and musician. He is always eager to share his gifts in a way that both honors God and uplifts humanity one note at a time.