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2024-25 Retreat Registration

Our 2024-25 retreats are open for registration. If you encounter any problems while trying to register, please call the office at 847-381-1261.

“Put Out into the Deep Water” (Luke 5:4) - Going Deeper in Our Spiritual Lives
An Ignatian, Silent Overnight Retreat for Adults

June 14 - 15, 2024

Retreat Leader: Fr. Paul Macke, SJ

What does it mean to retreat? On this overnight retreat, we will use the Ignatian tools of examen of consciousness & discernment of spirits to develop a contemplative attitude and to learn how to break through the more challenging times of our lives.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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

June 2024 Individually Directed Retreats
Individually Directed Retreats for Adults

June 21 - 29, 2024

Spiritual Directors: Bellarmine Jesuit Ministry Team and Additional Spiritual Directors

Come to the quiet of Bellarmine and take some time for yourself to get away from the distractions of life so you can read, write, catch up on sleep and pray. Spiritual Direction is available upon request with advance notice at time of registration; Otherwise, the time is yours to pray and enjoy the serenity of the house and grounds. You may register for either five or eight days.

Registration requires a $100 deposit. 

5-Day Individually Directed Retreat  ($725 total including deposit).

8-Day Individually Directed Retreat ($1,140 total including deposit).

Costs include all meals and spiritual direction. You can view  list of spiritual directors here.

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

July 2024 Individually Directed Retreats
Individually Directed Retreats for Adults

July 19 - 27, 2024

Spiritual Directors: Bellarmine Jesuit Ministry Team and Additional Spiritual Directors

Come to the quiet of Bellarmine and take some time for yourself to get away from the distractions of life so you can read, write, catch up on sleep and pray. Spiritual Direction is available upon request with advance notice at time of registration. Otherwise, the time is yours to pray and enjoy the serenity of the house and grounds. You may register for either five or eight days.

Registration requires a $100 deposit. 

5-Day Individually Directed Retreat ($725 total including deposit)

8-Day Individually Directed Retreat ($1,140 total including deposit)

Costs include all meals and spiritual direction. You can view a list of spiritual directors here.

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A Retreat - Call to Discernment in Troubled Times with text by Fr. Dean Brackley, SJ & facilitated by Fr. Bill Creed, SJ
A virtual retreat with 16 Thursday sessions (11:45 am - 1 pm)

September 5 - April 17, 2025

Retreat Leader: Fr. Bill Creed, SJ

This year 2024 is the 20th anniversary of Dean Brackley’s commentary on the Spiritual Exercises from the point of view of the poor. Brackley’s perspective challenges us to include in our retreat the poor who are ‘the outcast.’ From his point of view in Central America, he noted how the poor are marginalized structurally. The poor have little to no voice, little to no power socially, economically, politically. The retreat process will allow the Spirit to stir up a faith and love that draws retreatants, each with a unique life, into deeper solidarity with those who are poor, those considered the last and the least, those at the margins.

Beginning Thursday September 5, 2024, this retreat will meet virtually for 75 minutes at 11:45 am - 1 pm for 8 Thursdays, in the Fall and 8 in the Winter/Spring, led by the text of Fr. Dean Brackley SJ and facilitated by Fr. Bill Creed SJ. The retreat will entail reading Brackley, praying personally, posting (on a site to be given) personal written reflections, reading the personal reflections others have posted, deep listening in a small group, and more prayer. Occasionally, persons who live at the margins will join us to give witness to her or his experience.

Hopefully, the action of the Holy Spirit will draw us to befriend those who are poor, since the Spirit invites us to become ‘friends in the Lord.’ This retreat, will offer us the opportunity to listen and discern through the movements of consolation and desolation how God is leading us in the present moment. We will be challenged to love more deeply, more fully. Paul the Apostle reminds us that: “love is patient, love is kind,….love always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” [ Cor 13:4-8]

Is God calling you to enter into this 8 month process? Is God’s Spirit drawing you into this listening experience much like the listening process of the Synod of Synods of 2023? Are the words of Jesus to Andrew and Peter “Come and see” addressed to you in this moment? If so, here is how you register for this retreat.

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The Spiritual Exercises through Art
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men

September 6 - 8, 2024

Retreat Leader: Fr. Mark Scalese, SJ

The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius speak to the yearnings of the human heart for meaning and intimacy with God. This retreat explores the major themes and movements of the Exercises by reflecting on and praying about how the visual arts can move our imaginations and inspire spiritual experiences and insights. No artistic talent required.

Groups Attending: Individuals, Matt Carpenter, Holy Spirit Catholic Church - Naperville

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Resiliency: How We Proceed in Community
A Day of Reflection for Adults

September 11, 2024
9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Retreat Leaders: Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ and Angela Scaperlanda Bujan, MA

Many of us are finding ourselves in uncharted territory and uncertain how to proceed. With changes in our culture and our parish communities, the ability to adapt to shifting environments has become critically important. Angela and Fr Michael will help us stretch our imaginations and lengthen our muscles of adaptability. Designed for individuals and groups who are navigating the troubling waters of change, RESILIENCY is a day of prayerful learning and playful exploration.

Program Cost: $75.00 (includes Lunch)

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Unexpected Turns: The Conversions of St. Ignatius Loyola
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Adults

September 13 - 15, 2024

Retreat Leader: Fr. Michael J. Graham, SJ

We will explore the life of St. Ignatius Loyola ... when life as he expected it took different turns. These turns all required him to adapt to where God seemed to be leading him just as the twists and turns in our own lives force us to reflect on and adapt to where God is calling us.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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Charismatic Retreat: "I Will Send You Another Advocate"
An Ignatian, Semi-Silent Weekend Retreat for Adults

September 27 - 29, 2024

Retreat Leaders: Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ and Bishop Jeffrey Grob

Come to praise and worship the Lord, hear inspiring teachings and powerful witnesses. Come with a hungry heart to experience a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit. The retreat is open to seasoned charismatics and those new to the movement.

Groups Attending: Individuals, Letty's Friends

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Writer's Retreat
A 4-Day Ignatian, Silent Retreat for Adults

October 3 - 6, 2024

Retreat Leader: Vinita Hampton Wright

The process of writing can develop our communication skills and help us engage with the unfolding of our spiritual life. Through lectures, small-group discussions, and individual writing and reflection, Wright will provide a safe space for soul writing and practical help for putting words and ideas together.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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Day of Healing
A Day of Reflection for Adults

October 8, 2024
9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Retreat Leader: Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ

Join Fr. Michael and his prayer team for a full day of healing prayer, praying for physical, emotional, and spiritual healing. Fr. Michael will use a variety of prayer and sacramental modalities to help us release what blocks God's grace and to experience the power of Jesus' healing touch.

Program Cost: $75.00 (includes Lunch)

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Refresh, Renew, Respond
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Women

October 11 - 13, 2024

Retreat Leader: Fr. Brad Held, SJ

Jesus calls all people, and each of us in particular, to join him in building his kingdom. Retreating gives each of us an opportunity to refresh our ears to what Jesus sounds like and to renew our hearts to respond to his call. We'll use elements of St. Ignatius' Spiritual Exercises to aid us in that refreshment and renewal.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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Veterans "Coming Home" Retreat
A Veteran's Coming Home Retreat for Adults

October 13, 2024
8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Retreat Leader: A Jesuit and a Team of Veterans

Where do you go to unpack the duffle bag of experiences that were part of your military experience? Here at Bellarmine all veterans and their adult family members are welcome for reflection on the gifts and burdens of have served. Whether you're recently discharged or back in civilian life for many years, this is a day of healing, hope, and sharing with others who understand your story. Open to all faith traditions.

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Praying the Third Week of the Spiritual Exercises with the Psalms
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men

October 18 - 20, 2024

Retreat Leader: Fr. Mitch Pacwa, SJ

Fr. Pacwa, SJ continues to update this popular retreat! For those new to this retreat, it will be an inspirational deep dive into the Psalms. For those who have made this retreat previously, you will discover new depths as Fr. Mitch's exegesis of the Psalms illuminates the Third Week of the Spiritual Exercises, The Passion of Our Lord.

Groups Attending: Individuals, Mazzuchelli’s Men, St. John Neumann - St Charles

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Journeying through the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous
An Ignatian, Recovery Weekend Retreat for Women

October 25 - 27, 2024

Retreat Leader: Fr. Al Johnson

This retreat will explore portions of each of the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and the role they play in the journey of a sober, grateful and grace-filled life.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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Reflect, Connect, and Renew - A Day for Those Who Mourn
A Day of Reflection for Adults

October 29, 2024
9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Retreat Leader: Elizabeth Neubauer

Come be in the presence of others who share the journey to understand and heal from grief and loss. We will explore the process of grief from the physical, emotional, and spiritual impacts of losing someone we love. There will be time to share with others, to reflect on our individual healing journeys, and to quietly listen to God and our deepest selves.

Program Cost: $75.00 (includes Lunch)

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Greater Things Than These You Shall Do
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Adults

November 1 - 3, 2024

Retreat Leader: Fr. Keith Muccino, SJ

This retreat will help retreatants harness the grace of Christ's resurrection and energy of the Spirit that is waiting to work through us and empower us to do greater things ... what St. Ignatius called the MAGIS.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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Reflecting on Life-Saving Recovery Slogans
An Ignatian, Recovery Weekend Retreat for Men

November 8 - 10, 2024

Retreat Leader: Fr. Tom Weston, SJ

A weekend of reflection and quiet focused on the 12 Steps of recovery, looking at the practical tools for helping people get back on their feet. This retreat includes reflections on the 12 Steps, the 12 Traditions, and the life saving slogans of the program.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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Turn Turn Turn: There is a Time for Everything
An Ignatian, Semi-Silent Weekend Retreat for Adults

November 15 - 17, 2024

Retreat Leaders: Lauren Hackman-Brooks and Fr. Eric Sundrup, SJ

Our lives are full of changing seasons. This retreat explores the wisdom of natural seasons, the liturgical calendar, and the Spiritual Exercises to draw us into a deeper relationship with our God who constantly and unconditionally loves us and invites us to grow and change.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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In Gratitude for our Mind, Body, and Spirit
An Ignatian, Silent Overnight Retreat for Women

November 22 - 23, 2024

Retreat Leaders: Erin Maiorca and Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ

St. Ignatius Loyola's Spiritual Exercises suggest care for both soul and body. During this retreat we will celebrate the double gifts of our bodies and souls. We will unify our prayers with our breath, and our breath with our movements. We will have sessions to nourish the mind and sessions where we practice Tai Chi. Beginners welcome.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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November Personal Retreat Days
Personal Retreat Days for Adults

November 25 - 27, 2024

Retreat Leader: Bellarmine Jesuit Ministry Team and Additional Spiritual Directors

Come to enjoy the quiet of Bellarmine before the busy holiday season. Spiritual Direction is available upon request. Otherwise, enjoy the time to pray, rest and enjoy the serenity of the house and grounds.

Single Night Cost: $170.00
Two Nights or more: $150.00 per night

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Grateful in Aging
A Day of Reflection for Adults

November 25, 2024
9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Retreat Leader: Ann Jackson, PBVM

Inner reflection and setting intentions can shift and reframe how we actually age! Crossing the threshold from role to soul is not for the faint of heart! Scripture, science, nature all convey that. Shifting from role to soul often impacts our sense of identity, body image, approach to learning new things, disposition for change, images of the divine, etc. This retreat day will offer resources, reflection and discernment as well as a variety of spiritual practices that may assist in fully claiming and embodying your intention to choose to age consciously. Amid this time of momentous cultural transformation, shifting from role to soul is critical to personal and global wellbeing. Join this community of 'elders' to lift intention and surface passion, wisdom and service for life.

Program Cost: $75.00 (includes Lunch)

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Ladies in Waiting
A Day of Reflection for Women

December 3, 2024
9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Retreat Leaders: Rosanne Coury and Rachel Forton

Mark December 3 on your calendar for a day of Advent reflection. Together we will gather as women recalling Christ's First Coming, sharing our desires for Christ's coming this season, and looking forward to that final time when Christ will come to call us all to our forever home. Join us for this opportunity to refresh and renew our hearts and spirits.

Program Cost: $75.00 (includes Lunch)

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The Saints of Advent
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men

December 6 - 8, 2024

Retreat Leader: Fr. Patrick Fairbanks, SJ

As we begin this solemn season of preparation for the coming of Emmanuel, we join with the desires of Advent holy figures: Zechariah, Elizabeth, the Magi, and the Blessed Virgin Mary. These Spiritual Exercises, under the inspiration of Ignatius Loyola, will prepare our souls for the advent of Jesus into our daily lives.

Groups Attending: Kenosha - Racine

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Christmas Tea With Our Lady of Guadalupe and Thee!
A Day of Reflection for Adults

December 12, 2024
9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Retreat Leaders: Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ and Terri Davis Hayden

Fr. Michael continues a much-loved Advent tradition with a collection of stories, songs, poems, and spirited preaching. This year he is joined by his long-time friend and collaborator vocal artist Terri Davis Haden accompanied by the gifted Mollie Burleson. Together this trio is sure to delight, challenge and inspire you in your preparation for Christmas.

Program Cost: $75.00 (includes Lunch)

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Home for the Holidays
An Ignatian, Recovery Weekend Retreat for Men

December 13 - 15, 2024

Retreat Leader: Fr. Tim Meier, SJ

Those of us in Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12 Step Programs can find home wherever we might happen to be by engaging the 12 Steps. This weekend we will move through The Steps with a special emphasis on staying in the present moment, irrespective of the calendar date or society's expectations.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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A Heart-Centered Approach to the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men

January 3 - 5, 2025

Retreat Leader: Fr. Jim Kubicki, SJ

This weekend retreat is reserved for members of the Four Shepherds Group until July 31, 2024.  Spots remaining will be available to other groups after this date.

The measure of our love for God depends upon how deeply aware we are of God's love for us. St. Ignatius's Spiritual Exercises are designed to deepen our awareness of God's love. This retreat will focus on the relationship between our hearts and God's.

Groups Attending: Four Shepherds

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Personal Retreat Days
Personal Retreat Days for Adults

January 6 - 10, 2025

Retreat Leader: Bellarmine Jesuit Ministry Team and Additional Spiritual Directors

Come to enjoy the quiet of Bellarmine to kick off the new year. Spiritual Direction is available upon request if scheduled far enough in advance. Otherwise, enjoy the time to pray, rest and enjoy the serenity of the house and grounds.

Single Night Cost: $170.00
Two Nights or more: $150.00 per night

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A Retreat with St. Peter: Growing from Saint to Sinner
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men

January 10 - 12, 2025

Retreat Leader: Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ

Experience the Spiritual Exercises by taking a deep dive into the life of Simon, named Peter, the rock, by Jesus. Just as he has two names, so he has two distinct sides to his personality. He is gentle, but bold; foolish, yet wise, and human. Together we'll pray about what it means to belong to a Church that is larger than the sum of its members.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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Our Father who art in Heaven ...
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men

January 17 - 19, 2025

Retreat Leader: Fr. Jim Flaherty, SJ

This retreat focuses on the Spiritual Exercises through the lens of the Lord's Prayer. We will explore how these two ways of encountering Christ enrich and expand upon one another.

Groups Attending: Individuals, St Charles K of C #12497, Our Lady of the Grove KC/St Mary's HNS (Buffalo Grove), Church of St. Mary - Lake Forest

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Unexpected Turns: The Conversions of St. Ignatius Loyola
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men

January 24 - 26, 2025

Retreat Leader: Fr. Michael J. Graham, SJ

This weekend retreat is reserved for members of the Roche/Zera Group until July 31, 2024.  Spots remaining will be available to other groups after this date.

We will explore the life of St. Ignatius Loyola ... where life as he expected it took different turns. These turns all required him to adapt to where God seemed to be leading him just as the twists and turns in our own lives force us to reflect on and adapt to where God is calling us.

Groups Attending: Individuals, Roche/Zera, Sts Faith, Hope & Charity - Winnetka

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Seeking Grace
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Women

January 31 - February 2, 2025

Retreat Leader: Becky Eldredge

Step away to the quiet and rest in the graces of God. Author, Spiritual Director, and Founder of Ignatian Ministries, Becky Eldredge, will facilitate a women's preached retreat with reflections and guided prayer on the truly amazing grace of God. Come seek and find love, mercy, friendship, companionship, compassion, and joy.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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Marriage as Model of Hope: Sacramentally Married Couple's Retreat
An Ignatian, Semi-Silent Weekend Retreat for Couples

February 7 - 8, 2025

Retreat Leader: John and Leah Sealey

Our hearts yearn to know and love Jesus, to follow him closely, and even to see the world as he would. Ignatius guides us in cultivating such a relationship. Stories from the Christian Scriptures can invite a "personal knowledge" of Jesus. Together we will engage Ignatian principles and develop some methods to reflect on and share our own stories. In this way we can discern, as married couples, how to support and deepen the hope Jesus models for us.

Groups Attending: Sacramentally Married Couples

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What's Next? Discerning Your Decisions in the Ignatian Tradition
A Day of Reflection for Adults

February 17, 2025
9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Retreat Leader: Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ

The Spiritual Exercises help us move toward a deeper interior freedom to better navigate the twists and turns of life. Fr. Michael reprises one of his most popular programs as he helps us prayerfully appreciate St. Ignatius' methodology for decision making and how it can be applied to the big and small decisions we face.

Program Cost: $75.00 (includes Lunch)

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Ignatian Spirituality and Yoga
An Ignatian, Semi-Silent Weekend Retreat for Adults

February 21 - 23, 2025

Retreat Leader: Fr. Bobby Karle, SJ

This retreat includes gentle movement, group prayer, silent reflection, small group sharing, and spiritual direction. We will explore the four Universal Apostolic Preferences of the Society of Jesus through the lens of both the Christian and Yoga traditions. Relax, and connect with God, nature, self, and others. No prior experience required.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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Spiritual Exercises as GPS
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Adults

February 28 - March 2, 2025

Retreat Leader: Fr. Roc O'Connor, SJ

The Spiritual Exercises call forth our deep responses (attraction and aversion) to allow us to find out where we are so we can be met by the Risen Christ in the present moment. In each encounter with Christ in the depths of our souls, we come to know the Lord and ourselves in relationship with each other.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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Lenten Day of Reflection - Ash Wednesday
A Day of Reflection for Adults

March 5, 2025
9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Retreat Leader: Fr. Mark Scalese, SJ

Easter is about the renewal/transformation of all things, including ourselves. Lent can be an invitation to think about the kind of “new creation” we desire to become and to take steps to work toward that. On this day of reflection, we will learn how to deepen our relationship with God through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.

Program Cost: $75.00 (includes Lunch)

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Praying the Third Week of the Spiritual Exercises with the Psalms
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men

March 7 - 9, 2025

Retreat Leader: Fr. Mitch Pacwa, SJ

Fr. Pacwa, SJ continues to update this popular retreat! For those new to this retreat, it will be an inspirational deep dive into the Psalms. For those who have made this retreat previously, you will discover new depths as Fr. Mitch's exegesis of the Psalms illuminates the Third Week of the Spiritual Exercises, The Passion of Our Lord.

Groups Attending: Individuals, St. John the Apostle - Villa Park, St. James the Apostle - Glen Ellyn

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Balance and Boundaries in Recovery
An Ignatian, Recovery Weekend Retreat for Men

March 14 - 16, 2025

Retreat Leader: Sr. Linda Fischer

Addiction can be a challenging road to navigate. This weekend we will look at ourselves and see if we have a sense of balance as well as healthy boundaries in our lives. The 12 Steps will be the basis for this retreat.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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Explore C.S. Lewis' Unique Vision of Christianity
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Adults

March 21 - 23, 2025

Retreat Leader: Michael Pederson, SJ

This retreat will explore the theological imagination of C.S. Lewis. Interweaving stories and lessons from C.S. Lewis' works such as the The Chronicles of Narnia, The Great Divorce, and The Screwtape Letters, this retreat will engage the Spiritual Exercises through C.S. Lewis' helpful vision of Christianity.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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An Empty Road to Emmaus
A Day of Reflection for Adults

March 24, 2025
9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Retreat Leader: Fr. Tho Vu, SJ

The title "An Empty Road to Emmaus" evokes a sense of mystery, journey, and perhaps even a feeling of solitude or desolation.

The road to Emmaus holds significant symbolic and religious connotations, particularly in Christianity, as it's where two disciples encountered the resurrected Jesus in the Gospel of Luke. The encounter on the road to Emmaus is a story of revelation and transformation, where the disciples initially walk in confusion and disappointment but are ultimately enlightened and filled with hope upon recognizing Jesus.

However, the addition of "empty" to the title suggests a departure from the traditional narrative. It implies a sense of absence or loss, perhaps indicating that the road to Emmaus is devoid of its usual divine presence or that the journey is undertaken in a state of spiritual emptiness or uncertainty.

Reflecting on this title could lead to the exploration of themes such as spiritual searching, existential questioning, or the experience of feeling lost or abandoned. It prompts contemplation on the nature of faith, revelation, and the possibility of encountering meaning or transcendence in the midst of emptiness or desolation.

In essence, "An Empty Road to Emmaus" invites retreatants to embark on a journey of introspection and discovery, where the destination may be uncertain, but the potential for profound insight and transformation remains.

Program Cost: $75.00 (includes Lunch)

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Greater Things Than These You Shall Do
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men

March 28 - 30, 2025

Retreat Leader: Fr. Keith Muccino, SJ

This retreat will help retreatants harness the grace of Christ's resurrection and energy of the Spirit that is waiting to work through us and empower us to do greater things ... what St. Ignatius called the MAGIS.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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A Jesuit Guide to the Stars
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Adults

April 4 - 6, 2025

Retreat Leader: Br. Guy Consolmagno, SJ

This retreat will explore the close connection between Ignatian spirituality and astronomy. What are the stories of Jesuits, past and present, who have pursued scientific truth in the service of Ignatian ways of finding God? What do new discoveries in space tell us about our place in the universe and our relationship to our creator?

Groups Attending: Individuals

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Knowing Christ
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men

April 11 - 13, 2025

Retreat Leader: Fr. Christopher Manahan, SJ

If I desire to follow Jesus Christ in my life I have to come to know him. In this retreat we will follow in the footsteps of St. Ignatius of Loyola in seeking to be a companion of Jesus.

Groups Attending: Individuals, Holy Child of Jesus - Chicago (fkd-St. Margaret Mary)

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Personal Retreat Days
Personal Retreat Days for Adults

April 14 - 17, 2025

Retreat Leader: Bellarmine Jesuit Ministry Team and Additional Spiritual Directors

Come to enjoy the quiet of Bellarmine to kick off the new year. Spiritual Direction is available upon request if scheduled far enough in advance. Otherwise, enjoy the time to pray, rest and enjoy the serenity of the house and grounds.

Single Night Cost: $170.00
Two Nights or more: $150.00 per night

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Mary's Way of the Cross
An Evening of Reflection for Women

April 15, 2025
9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Retreat Leader: Rev Carol Ann Munro

Join us for a prayerful and meditative evening as we experience again the story of Jesus' passion and keep vigil with his mother, Mary, the Mother of God, who remained compassionate and faithful to God even at the foot of the cross. The evening includes a simple Lenten dinner, reflection and Stations of the Cross.

Program Cost: $50.00 (includes Dinner)

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Praying the Passion Of Our Lord Jesus Christ According to John
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Adults

April 17 - 19, 2025

Retreat Leader: Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ

There's no better way to prepare for Easter Sunday than coming on retreat! Fr. Michael will guide us through the Passion account according to John with a powerful reenactment of the gospel text illuminated by his distinctive style of spirited preaching. Together we'll celebrate the Sacred Liturgies for Holy Thursday and Good Friday.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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Reflecting on Life-Saving Recovery Slogans
An Ignatian, Recovery Weekend Retreat for Women

April 25 - 27, 2025

Retreat Leader: Fr. Tom Weston, SJ

A weekend of reflection and quiet focused on the 12 Steps and 12 Traditions of recovery, looking at the practical tools for helping people get back on their feet.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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The Spiritual Geography of our Soul
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Women

May 2 - 4, 2025

Retreat Leader: Phil Cooley, SJ

Through the desert of our struggle, the mountaintops of our experience, and the depths of our love for God, we will journey with the Spiritual Exercises as a roadmap and the Holy Spirit as our compass. In this weekend retreat, we will rediscover landmark graces and survey new areas of consolation.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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Spiritual Refreshment for Moms
A Day of Reflection for Women

May 9, 2025
9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Retreat Leaders: Rachel Forton and Nancy Hulsebosch

Come away for a day of spiritual refreshment just for moms! Whether your children are 2 or 52, you are welcome to join us as we gather the graces of motherhood and ask God to renew us in our vocation. We will look to the wisdom of Mary the Mother of Jesus as well as contemplate Scriptural images of motherhood.

Program Cost: $75.00 (includes Lunch)

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Veterans "Coming Home" Retreat
A Veteran's Coming Home Retreat for Adults

May 18, 2025
8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Retreat Leader: A Jesuit and a Team of Veterans

Where do you go to unpack the duffle bag of experiences that were part of your military experience? Here at Bellarmine all veterans and their adult family members are welcome for reflection on the gifts and burdens of have served. Whether you're recently discharged or back in civilian life for many years, this is a day of healing, hope, and sharing with others who understand your story. Open to all faith traditions.

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A Retreat - Call to Discernment in Troubled Times with text by Fr. Dean Brackley, SJ & facilitated by Fr. Bill Creed, SJ
A virtual retreat with 16 Thursday sessions (11:45 am - 1 pm)

September 5 - April 17, 2025

Retreat Leader: Fr. Bill Creed, SJ

This year 2024 is the 20th anniversary of Dean Brackley’s commentary on the Spiritual Exercises from the point of view of the poor. Brackley’s perspective challenges us to include in our retreat the poor who are ‘the outcast.’ From his point of view in Central America, he noted how the poor are marginalized structurally. The poor have little to no voice, little to no power socially, economically, politically. The retreat process will allow the Spirit to stir up a faith and love that draws retreatants, each with a unique life, into deeper solidarity with those who are poor, those considered the last and the least, those at the margins.

Beginning Thursday September 5, 2024, this retreat will meet virtually for 75 minutes at 11:45 am - 1 pm for 8 Thursdays, in the Fall and 8 in the Winter/Spring, led by the text of Fr. Dean Brackley SJ and facilitated by Fr. Bill Creed SJ. The retreat will entail reading Brackley, praying personally, posting (on a site to be given) personal written reflections, reading the personal reflections others have posted, deep listening in a small group, and more prayer. Occasionally, persons who live at the margins will join us to give witness to her or his experience.

Hopefully, the action of the Holy Spirit will draw us to befriend those who are poor, since the Spirit invites us to become ‘friends in the Lord.’ This retreat, will offer us the opportunity to listen and discern through the movements of consolation and desolation how God is leading us in the present moment. We will be challenged to love more deeply, more fully. Paul the Apostle reminds us that: “love is patient, love is kind,….love always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” [ Cor 13:4-8]

Is God calling you to enter into this 8 month process? Is God’s Spirit drawing you into this listening experience much like the listening process of the Synod of Synods of 2023? Are the words of Jesus to Andrew and Peter “Come and see” addressed to you in this moment? If so, here is how you register for this retreat.

Click here for the syllabus and additional information

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The Spiritual Exercises through Art
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men

September 6 - 8, 2024

Retreat Leader: Fr. Mark Scalese, SJ

The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius speak to the yearnings of the human heart for meaning and intimacy with God. This retreat explores the major themes and movements of the Exercises by reflecting on and praying about how the visual arts can move our imaginations and inspire spiritual experiences and insights. No artistic talent required.

Groups Attending: Individuals, Matt Carpenter, Holy Spirit Catholic Church - Naperville

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Praying the Third Week of the Spiritual Exercises with the Psalms
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men

October 18 - 20, 2024

Retreat Leader: Fr. Mitch Pacwa, SJ

Fr. Pacwa, SJ continues to update this popular retreat! For those new to this retreat, it will be an inspirational deep dive into the Psalms. For those who have made this retreat previously, you will discover new depths as Fr. Mitch's exegesis of the Psalms illuminates the Third Week of the Spiritual Exercises, The Passion of Our Lord.

Groups Attending: Individuals, Mazzuchelli’s Men, St. John Neumann - St Charles

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The Saints of Advent
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men

December 6 - 8, 2024

Retreat Leader: Fr. Patrick Fairbanks, SJ

As we begin this solemn season of preparation for the coming of Emmanuel, we join with the desires of Advent holy figures: Zechariah, Elizabeth, the Magi, and the Blessed Virgin Mary. These Spiritual Exercises, under the inspiration of Ignatius Loyola, will prepare our souls for the advent of Jesus into our daily lives.

Groups Attending: Kenosha - Racine

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A Heart-Centered Approach to the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men

January 3 - 5, 2025

Retreat Leader: Fr. Jim Kubicki, SJ

This weekend retreat is reserved for members of the Four Shepherds Group until July 31, 2024.  Spots remaining will be available to other groups after this date.

The measure of our love for God depends upon how deeply aware we are of God's love for us. St. Ignatius's Spiritual Exercises are designed to deepen our awareness of God's love. This retreat will focus on the relationship between our hearts and God's.

Groups Attending: Four Shepherds

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A Retreat with St. Peter: Growing from Saint to Sinner
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men

January 10 - 12, 2025

Retreat Leader: Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ

Experience the Spiritual Exercises by taking a deep dive into the life of Simon, named Peter, the rock, by Jesus. Just as he has two names, so he has two distinct sides to his personality. He is gentle, but bold; foolish, yet wise, and human. Together we'll pray about what it means to belong to a Church that is larger than the sum of its members.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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Our Father who art in Heaven ...
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men

January 17 - 19, 2025

Retreat Leader: Fr. Jim Flaherty, SJ

This retreat focuses on the Spiritual Exercises through the lens of the Lord's Prayer. We will explore how these two ways of encountering Christ enrich and expand upon one another.

Groups Attending: Individuals, St Charles K of C #12497, Our Lady of the Grove KC/St Mary's HNS (Buffalo Grove), Church of St. Mary - Lake Forest

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Unexpected Turns: The Conversions of St. Ignatius Loyola
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men

January 24 - 26, 2025

Retreat Leader: Fr. Michael J. Graham, SJ

This weekend retreat is reserved for members of the Roche/Zera Group until July 31, 2024.  Spots remaining will be available to other groups after this date.

We will explore the life of St. Ignatius Loyola ... where life as he expected it took different turns. These turns all required him to adapt to where God seemed to be leading him just as the twists and turns in our own lives force us to reflect on and adapt to where God is calling us.

Groups Attending: Individuals, Roche/Zera, Sts Faith, Hope & Charity - Winnetka

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Praying the Third Week of the Spiritual Exercises with the Psalms
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men

March 7 - 9, 2025

Retreat Leader: Fr. Mitch Pacwa, SJ

Fr. Pacwa, SJ continues to update this popular retreat! For those new to this retreat, it will be an inspirational deep dive into the Psalms. For those who have made this retreat previously, you will discover new depths as Fr. Mitch's exegesis of the Psalms illuminates the Third Week of the Spiritual Exercises, The Passion of Our Lord.

Groups Attending: Individuals, St. John the Apostle - Villa Park, St. James the Apostle - Glen Ellyn

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Greater Things Than These You Shall Do
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men

March 28 - 30, 2025

Retreat Leader: Fr. Keith Muccino, SJ

This retreat will help retreatants harness the grace of Christ's resurrection and energy of the Spirit that is waiting to work through us and empower us to do greater things ... what St. Ignatius called the MAGIS.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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Knowing Christ
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men

April 11 - 13, 2025

Retreat Leader: Fr. Christopher Manahan, SJ

If I desire to follow Jesus Christ in my life I have to come to know him. In this retreat we will follow in the footsteps of St. Ignatius of Loyola in seeking to be a companion of Jesus.

Groups Attending: Individuals, Holy Child of Jesus - Chicago (fkd-St. Margaret Mary)

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Refresh, Renew, Respond
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Women

October 11 - 13, 2024

Retreat Leader: Fr. Brad Held, SJ

Jesus calls all people, and each of us in particular, to join him in building his kingdom. Retreating gives each of us an opportunity to refresh our ears to what Jesus sounds like and to renew our hearts to respond to his call. We'll use elements of St. Ignatius' Spiritual Exercises to aid us in that refreshment and renewal.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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In Gratitude for our Mind, Body, and Spirit
An Ignatian, Silent Overnight Retreat for Women

November 22 - 23, 2024

Retreat Leaders: Erin Maiorca and Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ

St. Ignatius Loyola's Spiritual Exercises suggest care for both soul and body. During this retreat we will celebrate the double gifts of our bodies and souls. We will unify our prayers with our breath, and our breath with our movements. We will have sessions to nourish the mind and sessions where we practice Tai Chi. Beginners welcome.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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Ladies in Waiting
A Day of Reflection for Women

December 3, 2024
9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Retreat Leaders: Rosanne Coury and Rachel Forton

Mark December 3 on your calendar for a day of Advent reflection. Together we will gather as women recalling Christ's First Coming, sharing our desires for Christ's coming this season, and looking forward to that final time when Christ will come to call us all to our forever home. Join us for this opportunity to refresh and renew our hearts and spirits.

Program Cost: $75.00 (includes Lunch)

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Seeking Grace
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Women

January 31 - February 2, 2025

Retreat Leader: Becky Eldredge

Step away to the quiet and rest in the graces of God. Author, Spiritual Director, and Founder of Ignatian Ministries, Becky Eldredge, will facilitate a women's preached retreat with reflections and guided prayer on the truly amazing grace of God. Come seek and find love, mercy, friendship, companionship, compassion, and joy.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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Mary's Way of the Cross
An Evening of Reflection for Women

April 15, 2025
9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Retreat Leader: Rev Carol Ann Munro

Join us for a prayerful and meditative evening as we experience again the story of Jesus' passion and keep vigil with his mother, Mary, the Mother of God, who remained compassionate and faithful to God even at the foot of the cross. The evening includes a simple Lenten dinner, reflection and Stations of the Cross.

Program Cost: $50.00 (includes Dinner)

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The Spiritual Geography of our Soul
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Women

May 2 - 4, 2025

Retreat Leader: Phil Cooley, SJ

Through the desert of our struggle, the mountaintops of our experience, and the depths of our love for God, we will journey with the Spiritual Exercises as a roadmap and the Holy Spirit as our compass. In this weekend retreat, we will rediscover landmark graces and survey new areas of consolation.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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Spiritual Refreshment for Moms
A Day of Reflection for Women

May 9, 2025
9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Retreat Leaders: Rachel Forton and Nancy Hulsebosch

Come away for a day of spiritual refreshment just for moms! Whether your children are 2 or 52, you are welcome to join us as we gather the graces of motherhood and ask God to renew us in our vocation. We will look to the wisdom of Mary the Mother of Jesus as well as contemplate Scriptural images of motherhood.

Program Cost: $75.00 (includes Lunch)

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“Put Out into the Deep Water” (Luke 5:4) - Going Deeper in Our Spiritual Lives
An Ignatian, Silent Overnight Retreat for Adults

June 14 - 15, 2024

Retreat Leader: Fr. Paul Macke, SJ

What does it mean to retreat? On this overnight retreat, we will use the Ignatian tools of examen of consciousness & discernment of spirits to develop a contemplative attitude and to learn how to break through the more challenging times of our lives.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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

June 2024 Individually Directed Retreats
Individually Directed Retreats for Adults

June 21 - 29, 2024

Spiritual Directors: Bellarmine Jesuit Ministry Team and Additional Spiritual Directors

Come to the quiet of Bellarmine and take some time for yourself to get away from the distractions of life so you can read, write, catch up on sleep and pray. Spiritual Direction is available upon request with advance notice at time of registration; Otherwise, the time is yours to pray and enjoy the serenity of the house and grounds. You may register for either five or eight days.

Registration requires a $100 deposit. 

5-Day Individually Directed Retreat  ($725 total including deposit).

8-Day Individually Directed Retreat ($1,140 total including deposit).

Costs include all meals and spiritual direction. You can view  list of spiritual directors here.

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

July 2024 Individually Directed Retreats
Individually Directed Retreats for Adults

July 19 - 27, 2024

Spiritual Directors: Bellarmine Jesuit Ministry Team and Additional Spiritual Directors

Come to the quiet of Bellarmine and take some time for yourself to get away from the distractions of life so you can read, write, catch up on sleep and pray. Spiritual Direction is available upon request with advance notice at time of registration. Otherwise, the time is yours to pray and enjoy the serenity of the house and grounds. You may register for either five or eight days.

Registration requires a $100 deposit. 

5-Day Individually Directed Retreat ($725 total including deposit)

8-Day Individually Directed Retreat ($1,140 total including deposit)

Costs include all meals and spiritual direction. You can view a list of spiritual directors here.

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A Retreat - Call to Discernment in Troubled Times with text by Fr. Dean Brackley, SJ & facilitated by Fr. Bill Creed, SJ
A virtual retreat with 16 Thursday sessions (11:45 am - 1 pm)

September 5 - April 17, 2025

Retreat Leader: Fr. Bill Creed, SJ

This year 2024 is the 20th anniversary of Dean Brackley’s commentary on the Spiritual Exercises from the point of view of the poor. Brackley’s perspective challenges us to include in our retreat the poor who are ‘the outcast.’ From his point of view in Central America, he noted how the poor are marginalized structurally. The poor have little to no voice, little to no power socially, economically, politically. The retreat process will allow the Spirit to stir up a faith and love that draws retreatants, each with a unique life, into deeper solidarity with those who are poor, those considered the last and the least, those at the margins.

Beginning Thursday September 5, 2024, this retreat will meet virtually for 75 minutes at 11:45 am - 1 pm for 8 Thursdays, in the Fall and 8 in the Winter/Spring, led by the text of Fr. Dean Brackley SJ and facilitated by Fr. Bill Creed SJ. The retreat will entail reading Brackley, praying personally, posting (on a site to be given) personal written reflections, reading the personal reflections others have posted, deep listening in a small group, and more prayer. Occasionally, persons who live at the margins will join us to give witness to her or his experience.

Hopefully, the action of the Holy Spirit will draw us to befriend those who are poor, since the Spirit invites us to become ‘friends in the Lord.’ This retreat, will offer us the opportunity to listen and discern through the movements of consolation and desolation how God is leading us in the present moment. We will be challenged to love more deeply, more fully. Paul the Apostle reminds us that: “love is patient, love is kind,….love always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” [ Cor 13:4-8]

Is God calling you to enter into this 8 month process? Is God’s Spirit drawing you into this listening experience much like the listening process of the Synod of Synods of 2023? Are the words of Jesus to Andrew and Peter “Come and see” addressed to you in this moment? If so, here is how you register for this retreat.

Click here for the syllabus and additional information

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Resiliency: How We Proceed in Community
A Day of Reflection for Adults

September 11, 2024
9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Retreat Leaders: Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ and Angela Scaperlanda Bujan, MA

Many of us are finding ourselves in uncharted territory and uncertain how to proceed. With changes in our culture and our parish communities, the ability to adapt to shifting environments has become critically important. Angela and Fr Michael will help us stretch our imaginations and lengthen our muscles of adaptability. Designed for individuals and groups who are navigating the troubling waters of change, RESILIENCY is a day of prayerful learning and playful exploration.

Program Cost: $75.00 (includes Lunch)

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Unexpected Turns: The Conversions of St. Ignatius Loyola
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Adults

September 13 - 15, 2024

Retreat Leader: Fr. Michael J. Graham, SJ

We will explore the life of St. Ignatius Loyola ... when life as he expected it took different turns. These turns all required him to adapt to where God seemed to be leading him just as the twists and turns in our own lives force us to reflect on and adapt to where God is calling us.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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Charismatic Retreat: "I Will Send You Another Advocate"
An Ignatian, Semi-Silent Weekend Retreat for Adults

September 27 - 29, 2024

Retreat Leaders: Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ and Bishop Jeffrey Grob

Come to praise and worship the Lord, hear inspiring teachings and powerful witnesses. Come with a hungry heart to experience a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit. The retreat is open to seasoned charismatics and those new to the movement.

Groups Attending: Individuals, Letty's Friends

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Writer's Retreat
A 4-Day Ignatian, Silent Retreat for Adults

October 3 - 6, 2024

Retreat Leader: Vinita Hampton Wright

The process of writing can develop our communication skills and help us engage with the unfolding of our spiritual life. Through lectures, small-group discussions, and individual writing and reflection, Wright will provide a safe space for soul writing and practical help for putting words and ideas together.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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Day of Healing
A Day of Reflection for Adults

October 8, 2024
9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Retreat Leader: Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ

Join Fr. Michael and his prayer team for a full day of healing prayer, praying for physical, emotional, and spiritual healing. Fr. Michael will use a variety of prayer and sacramental modalities to help us release what blocks God's grace and to experience the power of Jesus' healing touch.

Program Cost: $75.00 (includes Lunch)

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Veterans "Coming Home" Retreat
A Veteran's Coming Home Retreat for Adults

October 13, 2024
8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Retreat Leader: A Jesuit and a Team of Veterans

Where do you go to unpack the duffle bag of experiences that were part of your military experience? Here at Bellarmine all veterans and their adult family members are welcome for reflection on the gifts and burdens of have served. Whether you're recently discharged or back in civilian life for many years, this is a day of healing, hope, and sharing with others who understand your story. Open to all faith traditions.

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Reflect, Connect, and Renew - A Day for Those Who Mourn
A Day of Reflection for Adults

October 29, 2024
9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Retreat Leader: Elizabeth Neubauer

Come be in the presence of others who share the journey to understand and heal from grief and loss. We will explore the process of grief from the physical, emotional, and spiritual impacts of losing someone we love. There will be time to share with others, to reflect on our individual healing journeys, and to quietly listen to God and our deepest selves.

Program Cost: $75.00 (includes Lunch)

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Greater Things Than These You Shall Do
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Adults

November 1 - 3, 2024

Retreat Leader: Fr. Keith Muccino, SJ

This retreat will help retreatants harness the grace of Christ's resurrection and energy of the Spirit that is waiting to work through us and empower us to do greater things ... what St. Ignatius called the MAGIS.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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Turn Turn Turn: There is a Time for Everything
An Ignatian, Semi-Silent Weekend Retreat for Adults

November 15 - 17, 2024

Retreat Leaders: Lauren Hackman-Brooks and Fr. Eric Sundrup, SJ

Our lives are full of changing seasons. This retreat explores the wisdom of natural seasons, the liturgical calendar, and the Spiritual Exercises to draw us into a deeper relationship with our God who constantly and unconditionally loves us and invites us to grow and change.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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Grateful in Aging
A Day of Reflection for Adults

November 25, 2024
9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Retreat Leader: Ann Jackson, PBVM

Inner reflection and setting intentions can shift and reframe how we actually age! Crossing the threshold from role to soul is not for the faint of heart! Scripture, science, nature all convey that. Shifting from role to soul often impacts our sense of identity, body image, approach to learning new things, disposition for change, images of the divine, etc. This retreat day will offer resources, reflection and discernment as well as a variety of spiritual practices that may assist in fully claiming and embodying your intention to choose to age consciously. Amid this time of momentous cultural transformation, shifting from role to soul is critical to personal and global wellbeing. Join this community of 'elders' to lift intention and surface passion, wisdom and service for life.

Program Cost: $75.00 (includes Lunch)

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November Personal Retreat Days
Personal Retreat Days for Adults

November 25 - 27, 2024

Retreat Leader: Bellarmine Jesuit Ministry Team and Additional Spiritual Directors

Come to enjoy the quiet of Bellarmine before the busy holiday season. Spiritual Direction is available upon request. Otherwise, enjoy the time to pray, rest and enjoy the serenity of the house and grounds.

Single Night Cost: $170.00
Two Nights or more: $150.00 per night

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Christmas Tea With Our Lady of Guadalupe and Thee!
A Day of Reflection for Adults

December 12, 2024
9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Retreat Leaders: Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ and Terri Davis Hayden

Fr. Michael continues a much-loved Advent tradition with a collection of stories, songs, poems, and spirited preaching. This year he is joined by his long-time friend and collaborator vocal artist Terri Davis Haden accompanied by the gifted Mollie Burleson. Together this trio is sure to delight, challenge and inspire you in your preparation for Christmas.

Program Cost: $75.00 (includes Lunch)

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Personal Retreat Days
Personal Retreat Days for Adults

January 6 - 10, 2025

Retreat Leader: Bellarmine Jesuit Ministry Team and Additional Spiritual Directors

Come to enjoy the quiet of Bellarmine to kick off the new year. Spiritual Direction is available upon request if scheduled far enough in advance. Otherwise, enjoy the time to pray, rest and enjoy the serenity of the house and grounds.

Single Night Cost: $170.00
Two Nights or more: $150.00 per night

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What's Next? Discerning Your Decisions in the Ignatian Tradition
A Day of Reflection for Adults

February 17, 2025
9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Retreat Leader: Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ

The Spiritual Exercises help us move toward a deeper interior freedom to better navigate the twists and turns of life. Fr. Michael reprises one of his most popular programs as he helps us prayerfully appreciate St. Ignatius' methodology for decision making and how it can be applied to the big and small decisions we face.

Program Cost: $75.00 (includes Lunch)

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Ignatian Spirituality and Yoga
An Ignatian, Semi-Silent Weekend Retreat for Adults

February 21 - 23, 2025

Retreat Leader: Fr. Bobby Karle, SJ

This retreat includes gentle movement, group prayer, silent reflection, small group sharing, and spiritual direction. We will explore the four Universal Apostolic Preferences of the Society of Jesus through the lens of both the Christian and Yoga traditions. Relax, and connect with God, nature, self, and others. No prior experience required.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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Spiritual Exercises as GPS
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Adults

February 28 - March 2, 2025

Retreat Leader: Fr. Roc O'Connor, SJ

The Spiritual Exercises call forth our deep responses (attraction and aversion) to allow us to find out where we are so we can be met by the Risen Christ in the present moment. In each encounter with Christ in the depths of our souls, we come to know the Lord and ourselves in relationship with each other.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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Lenten Day of Reflection - Ash Wednesday
A Day of Reflection for Adults

March 5, 2025
9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Retreat Leader: Fr. Mark Scalese, SJ

Easter is about the renewal/transformation of all things, including ourselves. Lent can be an invitation to think about the kind of “new creation” we desire to become and to take steps to work toward that. On this day of reflection, we will learn how to deepen our relationship with God through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.

Program Cost: $75.00 (includes Lunch)

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Explore C.S. Lewis' Unique Vision of Christianity
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Adults

March 21 - 23, 2025

Retreat Leader: Michael Pederson, SJ

This retreat will explore the theological imagination of C.S. Lewis. Interweaving stories and lessons from C.S. Lewis' works such as the The Chronicles of Narnia, The Great Divorce, and The Screwtape Letters, this retreat will engage the Spiritual Exercises through C.S. Lewis' helpful vision of Christianity.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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An Empty Road to Emmaus
A Day of Reflection for Adults

March 24, 2025
9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Retreat Leader: Fr. Tho Vu, SJ

The title "An Empty Road to Emmaus" evokes a sense of mystery, journey, and perhaps even a feeling of solitude or desolation.

The road to Emmaus holds significant symbolic and religious connotations, particularly in Christianity, as it's where two disciples encountered the resurrected Jesus in the Gospel of Luke. The encounter on the road to Emmaus is a story of revelation and transformation, where the disciples initially walk in confusion and disappointment but are ultimately enlightened and filled with hope upon recognizing Jesus.

However, the addition of "empty" to the title suggests a departure from the traditional narrative. It implies a sense of absence or loss, perhaps indicating that the road to Emmaus is devoid of its usual divine presence or that the journey is undertaken in a state of spiritual emptiness or uncertainty.

Reflecting on this title could lead to the exploration of themes such as spiritual searching, existential questioning, or the experience of feeling lost or abandoned. It prompts contemplation on the nature of faith, revelation, and the possibility of encountering meaning or transcendence in the midst of emptiness or desolation.

In essence, "An Empty Road to Emmaus" invites retreatants to embark on a journey of introspection and discovery, where the destination may be uncertain, but the potential for profound insight and transformation remains.

Program Cost: $75.00 (includes Lunch)

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A Jesuit Guide to the Stars
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Adults

April 4 - 6, 2025

Retreat Leader: Br. Guy Consolmagno, SJ

This retreat will explore the close connection between Ignatian spirituality and astronomy. What are the stories of Jesuits, past and present, who have pursued scientific truth in the service of Ignatian ways of finding God? What do new discoveries in space tell us about our place in the universe and our relationship to our creator?

Groups Attending: Individuals

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Personal Retreat Days
Personal Retreat Days for Adults

April 14 - 17, 2025

Retreat Leader: Bellarmine Jesuit Ministry Team and Additional Spiritual Directors

Come to enjoy the quiet of Bellarmine to kick off the new year. Spiritual Direction is available upon request if scheduled far enough in advance. Otherwise, enjoy the time to pray, rest and enjoy the serenity of the house and grounds.

Single Night Cost: $170.00
Two Nights or more: $150.00 per night

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Praying the Passion Of Our Lord Jesus Christ According to John
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Adults

April 17 - 19, 2025

Retreat Leader: Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ

There's no better way to prepare for Easter Sunday than coming on retreat! Fr. Michael will guide us through the Passion account according to John with a powerful reenactment of the gospel text illuminated by his distinctive style of spirited preaching. Together we'll celebrate the Sacred Liturgies for Holy Thursday and Good Friday.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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Veterans "Coming Home" Retreat
A Veteran's Coming Home Retreat for Adults

May 18, 2025
8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Retreat Leader: A Jesuit and a Team of Veterans

Where do you go to unpack the duffle bag of experiences that were part of your military experience? Here at Bellarmine all veterans and their adult family members are welcome for reflection on the gifts and burdens of have served. Whether you're recently discharged or back in civilian life for many years, this is a day of healing, hope, and sharing with others who understand your story. Open to all faith traditions.

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Marriage as Model of Hope: Sacramentally Married Couple's Retreat
An Ignatian, Semi-Silent Weekend Retreat for Couples

February 7 - 8, 2025

Retreat Leader: John and Leah Sealey

Our hearts yearn to know and love Jesus, to follow him closely, and even to see the world as he would. Ignatius guides us in cultivating such a relationship. Stories from the Christian Scriptures can invite a "personal knowledge" of Jesus. Together we will engage Ignatian principles and develop some methods to reflect on and share our own stories. In this way we can discern, as married couples, how to support and deepen the hope Jesus models for us.

Groups Attending: Sacramentally Married Couples

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Journeying through the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous
An Ignatian, Recovery Weekend Retreat for Women

October 25 - 27, 2024

Retreat Leader: Fr. Al Johnson

This retreat will explore portions of each of the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and the role they play in the journey of a sober, grateful and grace-filled life.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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Reflecting on Life-Saving Recovery Slogans
An Ignatian, Recovery Weekend Retreat for Men

November 8 - 10, 2024

Retreat Leader: Fr. Tom Weston, SJ

A weekend of reflection and quiet focused on the 12 Steps of recovery, looking at the practical tools for helping people get back on their feet. This retreat includes reflections on the 12 Steps, the 12 Traditions, and the life saving slogans of the program.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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Home for the Holidays
An Ignatian, Recovery Weekend Retreat for Men

December 13 - 15, 2024

Retreat Leader: Fr. Tim Meier, SJ

Those of us in Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12 Step Programs can find home wherever we might happen to be by engaging the 12 Steps. This weekend we will move through The Steps with a special emphasis on staying in the present moment, irrespective of the calendar date or society's expectations.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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Balance and Boundaries in Recovery
An Ignatian, Recovery Weekend Retreat for Men

March 14 - 16, 2025

Retreat Leader: Sr. Linda Fischer

Addiction can be a challenging road to navigate. This weekend we will look at ourselves and see if we have a sense of balance as well as healthy boundaries in our lives. The 12 Steps will be the basis for this retreat.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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Reflecting on Life-Saving Recovery Slogans
An Ignatian, Recovery Weekend Retreat for Women

April 25 - 27, 2025

Retreat Leader: Fr. Tom Weston, SJ

A weekend of reflection and quiet focused on the 12 Steps and 12 Traditions of recovery, looking at the practical tools for helping people get back on their feet.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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Resiliency: How We Proceed in Community
A Day of Reflection for Adults

September 11, 2024
9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Retreat Leaders: Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ and Angela Scaperlanda Bujan, MA

Many of us are finding ourselves in uncharted territory and uncertain how to proceed. With changes in our culture and our parish communities, the ability to adapt to shifting environments has become critically important. Angela and Fr Michael will help us stretch our imaginations and lengthen our muscles of adaptability. Designed for individuals and groups who are navigating the troubling waters of change, RESILIENCY is a day of prayerful learning and playful exploration.

Program Cost: $75.00 (includes Lunch)

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Day of Healing
A Day of Reflection for Adults

October 8, 2024
9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Retreat Leader: Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ

Join Fr. Michael and his prayer team for a full day of healing prayer, praying for physical, emotional, and spiritual healing. Fr. Michael will use a variety of prayer and sacramental modalities to help us release what blocks God's grace and to experience the power of Jesus' healing touch.

Program Cost: $75.00 (includes Lunch)

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Reflect, Connect, and Renew - A Day for Those Who Mourn
A Day of Reflection for Adults

October 29, 2024
9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Retreat Leader: Elizabeth Neubauer

Come be in the presence of others who share the journey to understand and heal from grief and loss. We will explore the process of grief from the physical, emotional, and spiritual impacts of losing someone we love. There will be time to share with others, to reflect on our individual healing journeys, and to quietly listen to God and our deepest selves.

Program Cost: $75.00 (includes Lunch)

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Grateful in Aging
A Day of Reflection for Adults

November 25, 2024
9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Retreat Leader: Ann Jackson, PBVM

Inner reflection and setting intentions can shift and reframe how we actually age! Crossing the threshold from role to soul is not for the faint of heart! Scripture, science, nature all convey that. Shifting from role to soul often impacts our sense of identity, body image, approach to learning new things, disposition for change, images of the divine, etc. This retreat day will offer resources, reflection and discernment as well as a variety of spiritual practices that may assist in fully claiming and embodying your intention to choose to age consciously. Amid this time of momentous cultural transformation, shifting from role to soul is critical to personal and global wellbeing. Join this community of 'elders' to lift intention and surface passion, wisdom and service for life.

Program Cost: $75.00 (includes Lunch)

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Ladies in Waiting
A Day of Reflection for Women

December 3, 2024
9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Retreat Leaders: Rosanne Coury and Rachel Forton

Mark December 3 on your calendar for a day of Advent reflection. Together we will gather as women recalling Christ's First Coming, sharing our desires for Christ's coming this season, and looking forward to that final time when Christ will come to call us all to our forever home. Join us for this opportunity to refresh and renew our hearts and spirits.

Program Cost: $75.00 (includes Lunch)

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Christmas Tea With Our Lady of Guadalupe and Thee!
A Day of Reflection for Adults

December 12, 2024
9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Retreat Leaders: Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ and Terri Davis Hayden

Fr. Michael continues a much-loved Advent tradition with a collection of stories, songs, poems, and spirited preaching. This year he is joined by his long-time friend and collaborator vocal artist Terri Davis Haden accompanied by the gifted Mollie Burleson. Together this trio is sure to delight, challenge and inspire you in your preparation for Christmas.

Program Cost: $75.00 (includes Lunch)

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What's Next? Discerning Your Decisions in the Ignatian Tradition
A Day of Reflection for Adults

February 17, 2025
9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Retreat Leader: Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ

The Spiritual Exercises help us move toward a deeper interior freedom to better navigate the twists and turns of life. Fr. Michael reprises one of his most popular programs as he helps us prayerfully appreciate St. Ignatius' methodology for decision making and how it can be applied to the big and small decisions we face.

Program Cost: $75.00 (includes Lunch)

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Lenten Day of Reflection - Ash Wednesday
A Day of Reflection for Adults

March 5, 2025
9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Retreat Leader: Fr. Mark Scalese, SJ

Easter is about the renewal/transformation of all things, including ourselves. Lent can be an invitation to think about the kind of “new creation” we desire to become and to take steps to work toward that. On this day of reflection, we will learn how to deepen our relationship with God through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.

Program Cost: $75.00 (includes Lunch)

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An Empty Road to Emmaus
A Day of Reflection for Adults

March 24, 2025
9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Retreat Leader: Fr. Tho Vu, SJ

The title "An Empty Road to Emmaus" evokes a sense of mystery, journey, and perhaps even a feeling of solitude or desolation.

The road to Emmaus holds significant symbolic and religious connotations, particularly in Christianity, as it's where two disciples encountered the resurrected Jesus in the Gospel of Luke. The encounter on the road to Emmaus is a story of revelation and transformation, where the disciples initially walk in confusion and disappointment but are ultimately enlightened and filled with hope upon recognizing Jesus.

However, the addition of "empty" to the title suggests a departure from the traditional narrative. It implies a sense of absence or loss, perhaps indicating that the road to Emmaus is devoid of its usual divine presence or that the journey is undertaken in a state of spiritual emptiness or uncertainty.

Reflecting on this title could lead to the exploration of themes such as spiritual searching, existential questioning, or the experience of feeling lost or abandoned. It prompts contemplation on the nature of faith, revelation, and the possibility of encountering meaning or transcendence in the midst of emptiness or desolation.

In essence, "An Empty Road to Emmaus" invites retreatants to embark on a journey of introspection and discovery, where the destination may be uncertain, but the potential for profound insight and transformation remains.

Program Cost: $75.00 (includes Lunch)

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Mary's Way of the Cross
An Evening of Reflection for Women

April 15, 2025
9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Retreat Leader: Rev Carol Ann Munro

Join us for a prayerful and meditative evening as we experience again the story of Jesus' passion and keep vigil with his mother, Mary, the Mother of God, who remained compassionate and faithful to God even at the foot of the cross. The evening includes a simple Lenten dinner, reflection and Stations of the Cross.

Program Cost: $50.00 (includes Dinner)

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Spiritual Refreshment for Moms
A Day of Reflection for Women

May 9, 2025
9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Retreat Leaders: Rachel Forton and Nancy Hulsebosch

Come away for a day of spiritual refreshment just for moms! Whether your children are 2 or 52, you are welcome to join us as we gather the graces of motherhood and ask God to renew us in our vocation. We will look to the wisdom of Mary the Mother of Jesus as well as contemplate Scriptural images of motherhood.

Program Cost: $75.00 (includes Lunch)

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Veterans "Coming Home" Retreat
A Veteran's Coming Home Retreat for Adults

October 13, 2024
8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Retreat Leader: A Jesuit and a Team of Veterans

Where do you go to unpack the duffle bag of experiences that were part of your military experience? Here at Bellarmine all veterans and their adult family members are welcome for reflection on the gifts and burdens of have served. Whether you're recently discharged or back in civilian life for many years, this is a day of healing, hope, and sharing with others who understand your story. Open to all faith traditions.

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Veterans "Coming Home" Retreat
A Veteran's Coming Home Retreat for Adults

May 18, 2025
8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Retreat Leader: A Jesuit and a Team of Veterans

Where do you go to unpack the duffle bag of experiences that were part of your military experience? Here at Bellarmine all veterans and their adult family members are welcome for reflection on the gifts and burdens of have served. Whether you're recently discharged or back in civilian life for many years, this is a day of healing, hope, and sharing with others who understand your story. Open to all faith traditions.

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June 2024 Individually Directed Retreats
Individually Directed Retreats for Adults

June 21 - 29, 2024

Spiritual Directors: Bellarmine Jesuit Ministry Team and Additional Spiritual Directors

Come to the quiet of Bellarmine and take some time for yourself to get away from the distractions of life so you can read, write, catch up on sleep and pray. Spiritual Direction is available upon request with advance notice at time of registration; Otherwise, the time is yours to pray and enjoy the serenity of the house and grounds. You may register for either five or eight days.

Registration requires a $100 deposit. 

5-Day Individually Directed Retreat  ($725 total including deposit).

8-Day Individually Directed Retreat ($1,140 total including deposit).

Costs include all meals and spiritual direction. You can view  list of spiritual directors here.

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

July 2024 Individually Directed Retreats
Individually Directed Retreats for Adults

July 19 - 27, 2024

Spiritual Directors: Bellarmine Jesuit Ministry Team and Additional Spiritual Directors

Come to the quiet of Bellarmine and take some time for yourself to get away from the distractions of life so you can read, write, catch up on sleep and pray. Spiritual Direction is available upon request with advance notice at time of registration. Otherwise, the time is yours to pray and enjoy the serenity of the house and grounds. You may register for either five or eight days.

Registration requires a $100 deposit. 

5-Day Individually Directed Retreat ($725 total including deposit)

8-Day Individually Directed Retreat ($1,140 total including deposit)

Costs include all meals and spiritual direction. You can view a list of spiritual directors here.

Register Now