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Holy Week Retreat: The Seven Last Words of Christ

April 18-20, 2019
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men & Women

Retreat Title: Holy Week Retreat: The Seven Last Words of Christ

The Holy Week Triduum presents a unique opportunity to spend the climax of the liturgical year in deep prayer. Come celebrate this sacred time with two of Bellarmine’s veteran retreat masters. They will reflect on each of Christ’s  7 last words  - bringing them to life in a way that is sure to open your mind and enflame your  heart. Even if you make a Bellarmine retreat at another time of year, come back and join us to better prepare to welcome Easter!

Groups Attending: Individuals, Meet Me in the Silence, Ron Frost/J Geldermann Memorial, St. Martha (Morton Grove)

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Retreat Masters:


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. 


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.