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Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ

Ministry Team

Send Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ an email: jmsparough@jesuitretreat.org

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.

Upcoming Retreats

  1. A Retreat with Pope Francis: The Gospel of Joy, Mercy, Love & Care for the Earth
  2. Veterans' Coming Home Retreat
  3. Holy Week Retreat: Were You There? Companioning Jesus - Then and Now
  4. Kindling the Flame of Love
  5. Discerning Your Decisions - Day of Reflection for Men and Women
  6. Coming Home Mini-Retreat
  7. Veteran's Coming Home Retreat
  8. Veterans' Coming Home Retreat
  9. Veterans' Coming Home Retreat
  10. Follow His Lead: A Day of Prayer for Board Members of Jesuit Institutions
  11. Life Lessons: An Advent Day of Prayer with Our Lady of Guadalupe
  12. Veterans' Coming Home Mini-Retreat
  13. What’s Next? Discerning your Decisions in the Ignatian Tradition
  14. What’s Next? Discerning your Decisions in the Ignatian Tradition
  15. Veterans' "Coming Home" Retreat
  16. Hold Christ in the Manger of Your Heart
  17. Veterans' "Coming Home" Retreat
  18. Veterans' "Coming Home" Retreat
  19. What's Next? Discerning Your Decisions in the Ignatian Tradition
  20. What's Next? Discerning Your Decisions in the Ignatian Tradition
  21. A Retreat for Young Adults - The Next Chapter: Living through Transitions with Faith
  22. Entering the Heart of Mary with St. Ignatius
  23. What's Next? Discerning Your Decisions in the Ignatian Tradition
  24. Holy Week Retreat: The Seven Last Words of Christ
  25. Teach Us to Pray: Reflecting on the Lord's Prayer with St. Ignatius
  26. Discerning Your Decisions in the Ignatian Tradition
  27. Teach Us to Pray: Ignatian Reflections on the Lord's Prayer
  28. Caring for Mother Earth: Prayers and Practices
  29. Bethlehem Bound: Praying Advent with St. Ignatius
  30. Teach Us to Pray: Reflecting on the Lord's Prayer with St. Ignatius
  31. A Cup of Christmas Tea: Stories, Poems, Songs, and Traditions
  32. Praying with Pope Francis: The Gospel of Joy, Mercy Love & Care for the Earth
  33. Teach Us to Pray: Reflecting on the Lord's Prayer with St. Ignatius
  34. Holding onto Hope: Finding God Even in These Times
  35. Young Adult Retreat on All-Surrounding Grace: Where the Spiritual Exercises Meet Mindfulness Meditation
  36. Praying with Pope Francis: The Gospel of Joy, Mercy, Love & Care for the Earth
  37. Tending the Flame of Love: Candlelight Evening for Married Couples
  38. Discerning Your Decisions in the Ignatian Tradition
  39. Discerning Your Decisions in the Ignatian Tradition
  40. Walking with God in Creation
  41. Discerning Your Decision
  42. Veterans' Coming Home Retreat
  43. All-Surrounding Grace: Where the Spiritual Exercises Meet Mindful Meditation
  44. Discerning Your Decision (Roche-Zera Group)
  45. A Cup of Christmas Tea: Stories, Poems, Songs & Traditions
  46. The Joy of Love: Praying with Pope Francis' Teaching on Marriage
  47. Discerning Your Decision
  48. Veterans' Coming Home Retreat
  49. Ash Wednesday Day of Reflection
  50. Spiritual Reset: Coming Back to Peace in an Uncertain Time
  51. Veterans' Coming Home Retreat
  52. Advent Day of Prayer
  53. Praying with Pope Francis - The Gospel of Joy, Mercy, Love & Care for the Earth
  54. Holy is Her Name
  55. Discerning Your Decision