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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. October 27-29, 2023 What are the Spiritual Exercises?
  2. December 14, 2023
    Another Cup of Christmas Tea: Stories, Poems, Songs and Traditions
  3. January 22, 2024 A Day of Healing
  4. February 9-10, 2024
    Spiritual Reset: A Winter Respite to Calm Our Minds and Quiet Our Hearts
  5. May 3-5, 2024
    Beyond the Basics: The Places and Spaces for Prayer