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Bellarmine's Guidelines For Health & Safety

Here’s what we are doing to ensure the safety of all guests and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Updated COVID-19 Guidelines

Bellarmine is praying for you, and for an end of COVID-19.  Our guidelines have been following the best practices of the Archdiocese of Chicago and State of Illinois and have now been reduced to reflect the decreased number of cases and their latest guidelines. 

As of June 12, 2021 masks and social distancing are not required for fully vaccinated persons.  Fully vaccinated is defined as having received two shots of the vaccine in a 2-dose series (Pfizer or Moderna) and the last shot was 2 weeks ago; or one shot of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, and the shot was 2 weeks ago.

For those that are not vaccinated we currently require:

  • Social distancing of six feet between retreatants
  • Wearing masks when in common areas including the chapel and hallways

People who are fully vaccinated may also choose to wear a face mask and may request social distancing. 

It is recommended that people with immunocompromising conditions, whether they are vaccinated or not, also wear masks when indoors and around others.

Masks must cover the nose and mouth and should fit snugly against the sides of your face and under the chin.

As the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has stated, "being vaccinated safely against COVID-19 should be considered an act of love of our neighbor and part of our moral responsibility for the common good." 

If you are sick or feeling ill, please stay home and care for your health.

Are you already registered for a summer retreat? 

If you have already registered for a program this summer, we will be sending you a survey about two weeks in advance to ask if you need social distancing or not.

Are you registering for a retreat in the next retreat season? 

If you are registering for September 2021 to May 2022, please provide your most often checked email address and phone number so that we can keep you informed of any changes that may occur.  In the meantime, we are asking about vaccination status and socially distancing needs to start to prepare the best amount of spacing possible for each retreat group.  While we are praying that social distancing and mask wearing will not be necessary come September and beyond, we want to plan in advance as best we can. 

When registering you will encounter a question asking about your social distancing needs and vaccination status, please refer to this definition of being fully vaccinated:

Fully vaccinated means having received two shots of the vaccine in a 2-dose series (Pfizer or Moderna) and the last shot was 2 weeks ago; or one shot of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, and the shot was 2 weeks ago.

After Your Retreat:

  • Should you be diagnosed with COVID-19 within 10 days of your Bellarmine retreat, please promptly inform us so that we may notify your fellow retreatants of their possible exposure.
  • If any guest or employee contracts COVID-19, Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House will promptly inform all retreatants who were here with that individual.

Still Have Questions?

We understand you may have additional questions or concerns about attending retreat at this time. Please call us at 847-381-1261. We are happy to help allay your concerns and explain in additional detail our safety standards and protocols. Please know that the safety of all guests and staff is our top priority and the guiding force of all that we do during this unprecedented time.