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Ladies in Waiting

A Day of Reflection for Women

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

Program Cost: $75.00 (includes Lunch)

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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.


A day or evening of reflection, grounded in the Jesuit tradition, is a shorter version of the Ignatian Weekend Retreat. Wherever you are on your spiritual journey, a day or evening program is sure to give you the peace and serenity needed to be still and to rest in God's loving embrace.

Your day or evening of reflection includes thematic talks from our skilled Retreat Leaders, time for private prayer, celebration of Mass and a meal.

Bellarmine has two libraries, a resource center, two chapels, and many other common areas.  Outdoor spaces include a various walking trails, various prayer gardens, a gazebo, stations of the cross, as well as a few patios and outdoor chairs and benches. 

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Retreat Leaders

Rosanne Coury

Rosanne Coury is a certified spiritual director and supervisor with education in Religious Studies, Theology, Education Administration and Psychology. Her work experience includes serving as a Director of Religious Education, Pastoral Minister, Campus Minister, Theology teacher, professional Coach, public Speaker and professional Writer and Editor. She and her husband have four adult children and three grandchildren. Although she is native Detroiter, she has lived in the Chicago area for most of her adult life.  She is an avid reader and musician who loves nothing better than a good conversation and shared song.

Rachel Forton

Rachel Forton holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations and Religious Studies from Loras College (Dubuque, Iowa). She served as the Retreat and Communications Coordinator for Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House for six years and completed Ignatian Spiritual Direction Training there before stepping into the role of Women's Ministry Coordinator. She has a passion for helping others find God in all things through spiritual direction and retreat ministry, writing, and editing. Rachel serves on the "Prayer and Care" team of her MOPS Chapter (Mothers of Preschoolers) and finds it a great privilege to minister to women of all ages. Her most recent writings may be found at the Cora Evans website, promoting the cause for canonization of the mid-century mystic, wife, and mother ( Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, Rachel now lives with her husband and young daughter and son in Palatine, IL.

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