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Sr. Linda Fischer

Sr. Linda Fischer is a member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ from Columbia, PA.  A teacher by profession, Sr. Linda left the classroom in 2005.  Since then she has been involved in full-time 12 Step retreat ministry. Sr. Linda has been a grateful recovering alcoholic for the past 29 years and says she loves facilitating recovery retreats because “she receives every bit as much as she gives.”  She calls her own journey in recovery one of the greatest blessings in her life.


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Fr. James Gschwend, SJ, PhD

Fr. James Gschwend, SJ, PhD is a member of Bellarmine’s resident staff. His background includes administrative positions in Jesuit high schools, working at Community Mental Health in San Francisco, and serving as Director of Spirituality in the sabbatical program at the School of Applied Theology in Oakland and Berkeley. In Berkeley he also served as Assistant Rector for the Jesuit School of Theology. Following a fellowship year on the clinical staff at the Southdown Institute in Canada, Fr. Gschwend served the Chicago Jesuit Provincial as assistant for personnel, assisting men with healthcare needs and transitions in ministry.

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Fr. Dan Hartnett, SJ

Este día estará guiado por P. Daniel Hartnett, S.J. - un jesuita quien trabaja en la Universidad de Loyola de Chicago y también en diversas parroquias de nuestra arquidiócesis. ¡Vengan a compartir este día con nosotros!

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Molly Henry

Molly Henry leads individuals and teams to learn, love, and live their strengths.  Molly uses her talents (in the CliftonStrengths themes of Learner, Input, Achiever, Connectedness, Activator) to design and facilitate engaging, transformative learning experiences. She has guided hundreds of individuals to discover their God-given talents, build them into strengths, and intentionally use these strengths to fully become the person God created them to be. Molly holds an MSW from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Sociology from DePaul University. She is a Gallup-certified Strengths coach and Principal at Molly Henry Strengths Coaching and Consulting.

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Nancy Hulsebosch

Nancy Hulsebosch is a Spiritual Director grounded in the principles of Ignatian Spirituality, having completed a three-year spiritual direction internship at Bellarmine. Nancy’s roots in the Jesuit tradition trace back to Marquette University, where she earned her undergraduate degree in 1986. She later received a Master’s degree from National-Louis University. In addition to providing spiritual direction and leading individuals in the Spiritual Exercises, Nancy is active in various ministries in her parish, particularly Scripture study. Nancy is married and the mother of four children.

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Fr. Jim Kubicki, SJ

Fr. Jim Kubicki was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He entered the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) in 1971 and was ordained in 1983. From 1984-88 he served as the Vocation Director and from 1995-99 as the Director of Formation for the Jesuits of the upper Midwest. From 1989-95 he worked at the Sioux Spiritual Center, a retreat house for Native Americans in western South Dakota. During that time he was also the Assistant Director of the Diocese of Rapid City’s deacon and lay ministry formation program. He has given retreats around the country since 1986 and was on the staff of Demontreville, the Jesuit retreat house in Lake Elmo, MN from 2000-03. In 2003 he became the national director of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (Apostleship of Prayer), a position he held for fourteen years. In 2017 he moved to the Rosebud Reservation in western South Dakota where he currently serves as the director of St. Francis Mission which was founded in 1886. Fr. Kubicki appears regularly on Catholic radio shows around the country. His book “A Heart on Fire: Rediscovering Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus,” was selected by the Catholic Book Publishers Association as among the three best spirituality books in 2012. His latest book is “A Year of Daily Offerings.”

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Fr. Matthew Linn, SJ

Fr. Matthew Linn, SJ (as a team with Dennis and Sheila Linn) has focused on integrating physical, emotional, and spiritual healing. He has advanced graduate degrees in sociology, anthropology, spirituality, and theology. Since 1970 he has taught courses and given retreats on healing in every state and in more than 60 countries. Ordained in l973, he currently lives in a Jesuit community in Minneapolis where he trains spiritual directors at Sacred Ground and serves on the editorial board of Presence: An International Journal of Spiritual Direction. Fr. Linn, Dennis, and Sheila have written 22 books translated in more than 20 languages, (all in Spanish) and with more than a million copies in English.

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Fr. Keith Maczkiewicz, SJ

Rev. Keith Maczkiewicz, S.J. a native of Long Island, New York, joined the Northeast Province Jesuits in the summer of 2008. A graduate of Fairfield University and Providence College, after entering the Society of Jesus Keith did his philosophy studies at Loyola University Chicago and his theology studies at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, CA. His ministry has been mainly in campus ministry at the college and high school level, in retreat work, and in faith formation, where he served as the DRE at a diverse parish in Oakland, CA. Keith was ordained a priest in June 2018 and serves as Assistant Chaplain at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA.

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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, granddaughter, 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.

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Fr. David Meconi, SJ

Fr. David Vincent Meconi, SJ is an Associate Professor of Historical Theology as well as the Director of the new Catholic Studies Centre at Saint Louis University; he is also the editor of Homiletic and Pastoral Review. He holds the pontifical license in Early Church History from the University of Innsbruck in Austria, as well as a doctorate in Patristics from the University of Oxford. He has published numerous books and articles on the early Church, most recently is his 101 Surprising Facts About Church History (St. Benedict’s Press).  Fr. Meconi is a Fellow of the Augustinian Institute at Villanova University; he serves on the boards of the St. Benedict Forum at Hope College in Holland, MI, as well as on the ecclesiastical board of Boston College.

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Fr. Keith Muccino, SJ

Dr. Muccino served as Associate Provost for Educational Resources at Loyola University Chicago’s Health Sciences Campus until May of 2019. In July 2019 he begins his new dual assignment as consultant to the Office of Medical Education at UMASS Medical School, and assistant to the Office of Health Professions Advising at The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.

In addition to his administrative and educational responsibilities, Fr. Muccino has spent the past twenty five years pursuing his passion for giving preached weekend retreats, individually directed retreats, parish retreats, and days of recollection centered on adult faith-formation.

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Fr. Ed Schmidt, SJ

Fr. Schmidt earned a Master of Science in Linguistics from Georgetown University, and served on faculty at Loyola, teaching various languages.  In the mid-seventies through early eighties, he served in Campus Ministry at Loyola University and as Pastor of Bellarmine Chapel. 

He has been the Associate Editor/Manager of “Company” magazine since September 1982.

Fr. Schmidt was ordained in Chicago in 1993, received his Master of Divinity from Loyola, and has been Province consultor since 1996.

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Dr. Michael Schuck

Michael is a Professor of Christian Ethics in the Theology Department at Loyola University Chicago. He is also the Co-Director of the International Jesuit Ecology Project which has produced Healing Earth, a free online textbook in environmental science, ethics, spirituality and action. In addition to environmental ethics, Michael teaches and does research in the areas of Roman Catholic social thought, theological and philosophical ethics, and religious ethics and social theory.

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Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ

Fr. Michael Sparough, SJ is a retreat director and spiritual director at the Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House in Barrington.  He holds an MFA from the Yale School of Drama and a Doctor of Ministry from St Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, IL. He is the founder of Charis, a national Jesuit retreat ministry for young adults in their 20s and 30s, and has trained spiritual directors at Loyola University-Chicago.  

A prolific writer and speaker, Fr. Michael has published books, CDs, and DVDs on prayer, discernment, and the sacraments with Franciscan Media, Paulist Press, Liturgical Training Publications, Loyola Press, and Heart to Heart. He is seen regularly on Shalom World Catholic Television and is heard regularly on Sacred Heart radio in Cincinnati and WSFI Catholic Radio in greater Chicagoland. 

His latest co-authored book is What’s Your Decision?  An Ignatian Approach to Decision Making and is published by Loyola Press.  

Fr. Michael’s weekly video homilies can be seen online at www.HtoH.US.

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Bellarmine Jesuit Ministry Team

The ministry team leads the spiritual direction of retreats and programs at Bellarmine.

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Team of Veterans

The Veterans Ministry Team are dedicated to helping veterans from all ages in their path to spiritual healing.

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