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Carol Ackels

Carol is the Director of the Ignatian Spirituality Institute. A spiritual director in the Ignatian tradition and Senior Ignatian Fellow of Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House, she serves as retreat director of the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius in various formats. She offers weekend retreats, the Exercises in Everyday Life, and one-to-one directed retreats at Jesuit retreat houses across the United States.  Carol regularly gives programs and days of reflection to parish and Church groups. She helped launch and continues to give workshops to shape persons, Jesuits and lay, who are moving into retreat ministry and Ignatian spiritual companioning. Appointed by the Jesuit Provincial, she served six years on the province Commission on Ministry--the group that discerns long-range planning for apostolic work of the Jesuits and their colleagues. Carol worked with Anthony Borrow, SJ in developing the Toward Greater Freedom retreat for parents at Jesuit College Prep of Dallas, and co-authored with Joe Tetlow, SJ the twelve-week Ignatian retreat, Finding Christ in the World. Carol holds a JD from SMU Dedman School of Law and is currently pursuing a Master of Art in Theology and Leadership at Gonzaga University. She and her husband reside in Dallas and are the parents of five adult children.

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    Fr. Greg Boyle, SJ

    Gregory Boyle is the founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, Calif., the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation, and re-entry program in the world. A Jesuit priest, from 1986 to 1992 Father Boyle served as pastor of Dolores Mission Church, then the poorest Catholic parish in Los Angeles that also had the highest concentration of gang activity in the city.

    Father Boyle witnessed the devastating impact of gang violence on his community during the so-called “decade of death” that began in Los Angeles in the late 1980s and peaked at 1,000 gang-related killings in 1992.  In the face of law enforcement tactics and criminal justice policies of suppression and mass incarceration as the means to end gang violence, Father Boyle and parish and community members adopted what was a radical approach at the time: treat gang members as human beings. 

    In 1988 they started what would eventually become Homeboy Industries, which employs and trains former gang members in a range of social enterprises, as well as provides critical services to thousands of men and women who walk through its doors every year seeking a better life.

    Father Boyle is the author of the 2010 New York Times-bestseller Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion.  His 2017 book is the Los Angeles Times-bestseller Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship.

    He has received the California Peace Prize and been inducted into the California Hall of Fame.  In 2014, the White House named Father Boyle a Champion of Change.  He received the University of Notre Dame’s 2017 Laetare Medal, the oldest honor given to American Catholics.

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      Fr. Bob Dufford, SJ

      Fr. Bob Dufford, SJ is a Jesuit priest and well-known composer of liturgical music. He has taught in high school and college, and given hundreds of workshops in liturgy and music. For nearly 20 years, he has offered retreats and spiritual direction at the Jesuit Retreat House in Oshkosh, Wisconsin and, since 2010, at Creighton University Retreat Center in Griswold, Iowa.

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      Patricia Cooney Hathaway, PhD

      Patricia Cooney Hathaway, PhD is Professor of Spiritual and Systematic Theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary. She received her doctorate from Catholic University of America, where she specialized in Systematic Theology, Spirituality, and Human and Spiritual Development. She has a certification in Spiritual Direction from the Shalem Institute of Spiritual Formation. In addition to teaching and committee work, Dr. Cooney Hathaway co-authored a grant proposal which was awarded by the Lilly Foundation for 1.5 million dollars for the education and formation of ecclesial lay ministers. She has been the Project Director for the implementation of this grant. She also received the Pope John Paul II Memorial, The Splendor of Truth Award, by the Catholic Lawyers Guild, Diocese of Lansing, Michigan.  

      Dr. Cooney Hathaway authored the book, Weaving Faith and Experience: A Woman’s Perspective as part of a Call to Holiness Series on Catholic Women’s Spirituality, published by St. Anthony Messenger Press. Dr. Cooney Hathaway has been involved in the ministry of spiritual direction for over twenty years. She has done extensive lecturing nation-wide in the areas of theology, spirituality, and the relationship between human and spiritual development, and has published articles in those areas. She is married to Thomas M.J. Hathaway and has a son, Thomas Jr., and a daughter,Victoria.  

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      Fr. Brad Held, SJ

      Brad Held entered the Society of Jesus in 2006.  He was born and raised just outside of Milwaukee, WI. He attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, which is where he discerned a call to priesthood and came to see the Jesuits as the path through which he was to answer that call. Since entering the Jesuits he has studied at Fordham University and Boston College as well as taught at Red Cloud High School on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Since his ordination to the priesthood in June 2017, he has taught theology and served as a campus minister at Marquette University High School in Milwaukee.  

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        Fr. Jim Kubicki, SJ

        Fr. Jim Kubicki was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He entered the Society of Jesus 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 Wisconsin Province.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 preached 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. Timothy Lannon, SJ

          Fr. Lannon is the Assistant for Formation to the Provincial of the Midwest Province of the Society of Jesus. He works with over 60 men who are in Jesuit formation/training. Previously, he served as the President of Creighton University and President of Saint Joseph’s University, after having served at Marquette University as the Vice President for University Advancement and before that as the Associate Executive Vice President. Fr. Lannon has studied and written on Catholic Identity at Jesuit Universities. He is a native of Mason City, Iowa, attended Creighton University as an undergraduate, and later returned to Omaha as President of Creighton Preparatory School. Fr. Lannon entered the Society of Jesus in 1977; he was ordained a priest in 1986 at St. John’s Church in Omaha.  

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            Fr. Doug Leonhardt, SJ

            A native of Milwaukee, Fr. Leonhardt entered the Society of Jesus in 1956 and was ordained a priest in 1969.  Since his ordination, he has served as the Principal and the President of Marquette University High School, as the Director of Novices and the Formation Director of the Wisconsin Province, and as the Pastor of Gesu Parish in Milwaukee.  For a period of time during his 2003 sabbatical, Fr. Leonhardt directed retreats in Kenya and Uganda.  He has extensive experience in directing the Spiritual Exercises and is presently working as Jesuit Superior for the St. Camillus assisted living community.

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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 & given retreats on healing in every state and in over 60 countries from Alaska to Australia. 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. Matt, Dennis, and Sheila have written 22 books translated in over 20 languages, (all in Spanish) and with over a million copies in English.

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            Fr. Paul Macke, SJ

            Fr. Macke is the Jesuit Mission Coordinator at the Jesuit Spiritual Center in Milford, Ohio and Jesuit Liaison for Ignatius House in downtown Cincinnati (a young adult intentional community). The previous six years he was Executive Director of the Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat in Barrington, IL.

            Previously, Fr. Macke had served as the Secretary for Pastoral Ministries and Jesuit Life for the Jesuit Conference of the United States in Washington, DC for six years. Prior to joining the Conference, Macke worked in Alaska for 17 years, devoting eight years to the Holy Spirit Center in Anchorage, Alaska, where he served as its executive director for six years.

            Father Macke entered the Society of Jesus in 1963, earning a BA in classics and a Masters of Divinity, both from Loyola University of Chicago. After his ordination in 1973, Macke went on to receive a MA in counseling psychology from Loyola, and a D. Min. in pastoral psychotherapy from the Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois.

            As the Secretary for Pastoral Ministries and Jesuit Life, Father Macke worked to promote the ministries involved with the over 100 Jesuit parishes and missions in the USA, plus 28 Jesuit retreat and spirituality centers throughout the United States, Christian Life Communities, and the Apostleship of Prayer. Likewise, he was involved with all areas concerning Jesuit community life, such as training for new Jesuit Superiors and the Health Care Coordinators for the Jesuit Provinces in the United States. He helped develop the Educational Component for Ethics in Ministry—a series of four video cases concerning boundaries with adults in ministry and the use and abuse of the Internet. This program is now being used for religious men in the USA and in other countries as well as a number of Catholic Dioceses in the USA. Fr. Macke has served in Jesuit formation as the vocation director for the Chicago Province of the Society of Jesus from 1989 until 1993.

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              Maureen Martin

              Maureen M. Martin, MDiv, LCPC, is a counselor and spiritual director. Previously, she worked as a hospice chaplain, pediatrician, and pediatric nurse. After many life transitions, Maureen has woven together her losses and shares her insights of hope, even in crisis, through writing, public speaking and spiritual direction. She lives in Evanston, Illinois.

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              Fr. Richard McGurn, SJ

              Fr. Richard McGurn, SJ, M.A. Psych., M.Div, was ordained in 1975.  He directed the internship for spiritual directors at the Jesuit retreat house in Cincinnati.  He has served the major superior of the Chicago Jesuits as his executive assistant and as director of formation for young Jesuits preparing for ordination and ministry.  Just prior to coming to Bellarmine, he was superior of the Jesuit community at Loyola Academy in Wilmette, IL.

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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. Paul Mueller, SJ

              Fr. Mueller is from Cincinnati, one of 5 children. After attending St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati and earning a BA in Physics at Boston University, he entered the Society of Jesus in 1982. In the course of his Jesuit training he earned MA degrees in Philosophy, Divinity and Theology. After being ordained a priest in 1993, he earned an MS in Physics and a PhD in History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Chicago. Fr. Mueller served as professor of philosophy at Loyola University Chicago 2004 - 2009; he also served as Academic Dean for two seminary programs based at Loyola University, the Jesuit First Studies Program and St. Joseph College Seminary. Since 2010 Fr. Mueller has been assigned to the Vatican Observatory, which has its headquarters at Castel Gandolfo in Italy. In addition to being a member of the Observatory research staff, he is the Observatory’s vice director and also religious superior of its attached Jesuit community. He divides his time between the Observatory headquarters and its dependent research facility at Tucson AZ.

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                Elizabeth Neubauer

                With more than 30 years of daily spiritual practice, Elizabeth understands the gifts of a contemplative journey. She has given presentations on personal growth and the desire for a deeper understanding of God to a wide range of groups. Elizabeth has served as retreat leader and provided spiritual direction at the Jesuit Retreat House in Oshkosh. In addition, she has lead groups at First Fruits – Women Growing in Faith on topics including prayer and meditation and the spirituality of the 12 Steps. Her goal as a retreat leader is to provide food for thought that encourages individuals to go deeper into self-knowledge and to explore their experience of a Higher Power, God or Deep Self however they define this journey for themselves. 

                Elizabeth has degrees in Art and Business and is a graduate of the Spiritual Guidance Training Program at the Siena Retreat Center in Racine, Wisconsin. She believes spiritual direction provides a dedicated time and place to explore the movement of Spirit in an environment of openness and respect. Her practice is inclusive of all faith traditions as well as individuals who do not ascribe to any organized religion.

                Past careers have included Development Director, Photographer, Employee Assistance Program Coordinator and Funeral Director. She is a member of Spiritual Directors International.

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                  Fr. Mitch Pacwa, SJ

                  Father Pacwa received his B.A. in Philosophy and Theology from the University of Detroit, summa cum laude. He was ordained a Catholic priest in 1976 with the Society of Jesus, as a Master of Divinity and S.T.B. from the Jesuit School of Theology of Loyola University, magna cum laude. At Vanderbilt University, he received his Master of Arts as well as his Ph.D. in Old Testament. He is best known for his appearances on EWTN for over the last thirty years. Fr. Pacwa is a best-selling Catholic author and has written numerous books on a variety of topics about the Scripture and our Catholic Faith to continue to teach us and generations to come. To leave a Legacy means to: bequest, give an inheritance or endowment. That is the singular driving motivation for Father Pacwa‘s fervent desire to reach out and speak to groups of young Catholic adults. Father Pacwa’s vision is to create a “Legacy of Faith” for the next generation of Catholics who strive to grow and mature in their faith and become the future leaders of our Church. Father Pacwa ardently believes that personally reaching out to young adults in an intimate setting where he can connect and answer questions is the most effective way to reach across generational gaps. He reminds us all that through our Baptism we are called to be sharers of the Church’s mission which is to continue the works of Jesus Christ and to make His name known and loved. For more information visit: http://kingsservants.org/legacy-of-faithinitiative.

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                    Catherine Palenik

                    Catherine Palenik grew up in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, the only child of Mary and David McKeon.  She attended an all-girls Catholic High School (Marian), then spent four wonderful years at Villanova University graduating with degrees in both sociology and history.  Catherine's graduate work was done at the University of Michigan where she received a Masters of Social Work degree.   This is where she met her husband, Christopher (now married for almost 8 years).  Catherine did geriatric social work and then served as a school social worker for several years prior to deciding to stay home with their oldest son.  Chris and Catherine now live in Geneva, IL and have three active little boys, John, Joseph and Michael, and a daughter, Mary Claire.

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                    Fr. Jeff Putthoff, SJ

                    Fr. Jeff Putthoff, SJ is a Jesuit priest.  He is deeply interested in creating communities of healing, empowering young people, brain health, and finding God in all things.  He has worked as a high school teacher, associate pastor, executive director and high school president, using his unique experience in organizational dynamics, leadership, brain health and Ignatian spirituality, applying it to youth education and organizational life. He is a retreat leader and a director of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola deeply desiring to help others connect to God.   He is a gifted national speaker on trauma-informed care, organizational dynamics, youth formation, Ignatian spirituality and leadership.

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                    Fr. David Shields, SJ

                    Fr. Shields entered the Society of Jesus in 1961.  After finishing his theological studies in Toronto, he was ordained a priest in 1973.  He served on the Pine Ridge Reservation among the Oglala Lakota (Sioux) from 1974 to 1989.  From 1990 to 1995, he was Assistant Director of the Family Life Office for the Diocese of Rapid City, SD.  In 1996, he began ministry among Milwaukee’s Latino population, where he currently serves as Executive Director of Casa Romero Renewal Center, an urban bilingual spirituality center.

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                    Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ

                    Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ is a member of Bellarmine’s resident staff. He holds a Master of Fine Arts from the Yale School of Drama and a Doctor of Ministry degree from St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein, IL.  He is the founder of Charis Ministries, the Jesuit retreat ministry for outreach to young adults in their twenties and thirties and has trained spiritual directors at Loyola University Chicago’s Institute of Pastoral Studies.  A prolific writer and speaker, Fr. Michael has published books on prayer and the sacraments with Franciscan Media, Paulist Press, and Liturgical Training Publications.  His latest book, What’s Your Decision? is published by Loyola Press. 

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                    Fr. Tom Weston, SJ

                    Fr. Tom Weston, SJ, entered the California Province of the Jesuit Order in 1965 and was ordained a priest in 1978.  Currently based in Oakland, CA, he has devoted most of his priestly life to counseling and retreat work with alcoholics and other addicts.  In addition to his Twelve Step work, he was part of a team that taught English to ministry students in Thailand and Vietnam each summer.  “Wherever he is, Fr. Weston sees the power of God working in people’s lives, but perhaps most acutely in his recovery work:  ‘People get well.  People come back to life.  Families come back together,” he says.  ‘It’s the Resurrection—and you see it all the time.’ ” (Tyson, Gail.  “Helping Others Find Sobriety.”  Mission 2008 Summer:  pg. 7.  Print.)

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