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Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ

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

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

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

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

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Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat · Fr. Michael Sparough, SJ

Upcoming Retreats

  1. September 11, 2024 Resiliency: How We Proceed in Community
  2. September 27-29, 2024
    Charismatic Retreat: "I Will Send You Another Advocate"
  3. October 8, 2024 Day of Healing
  4. November 22-23, 2024 In Gratitude for our Mind, Body, and Spirit
  5. December 12, 2024
    Christmas Tea With Our Lady of Guadalupe and Thee!
  6. January 10-12, 2025
    A Retreat with St. Peter: Growing from Saint to Sinner
  7. February 17, 2025
    What's Next? Discerning Your Decisions in the Ignatian Tradition
  8. April 17-19, 2025
    Praying the Passion Of Our Lord Jesus Christ According to John