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The Beatitudes: A Faith for Head, Heart, and Hands

February 2-4, 2018
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Women

Retreat Title: The Beatitudes: A Faith for Head, Heart, and Hands

Jesus’ words from a hill opened the way of living life in God. Unexpected assurances and challenging invitations are found in what we have come to know as the Beatitudes. Pope Francis insists, “It is fundamental that one thinks what one feels and does; feels what one thinks and does; and does what one thinks and feels.” This Ignatian retreat will bring us to think, encourage us to pray, and invite us to do in light of a faith rooted in Jesus’ Beatitudes.

Groups Attending: Individuals, St. Patrick Church, Hallie B Retreat Group, Mary Seat of Wisdom/Ed Zuchowski

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Retreat Master:


Carol Ackels

Carol is the Director of the Ignatian Spirituality Institute. A spiritual director in the Ignatian tradition and Senior Ignatian Fellow of Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House, she helps others as director of the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius in various formats, including weekend retreats, the Exercises in Everyday Life, and one-to-one directed retreats.  Carol teaches several of the ISI Ignatian Foundations courses on principles in Ignatian spirituality, and she regularly gives programs and days of reflection to parish and church groups. Her work also includes offering workshops to help others move into retreat ministry and spiritual companioning. Appointed by the Jesuit Provincial, she served six years on the province Commission on Ministry--the group that discerns long-range planning for apostolic work of the Jesuits and their colleagues. Carol worked with Anthony Borrow, S.J. in developing the Toward Greater Freedom retreat for parents at Jesuit College Prep of Dallas, and co-authored with Joe Tetlow, S.J. the twelve week Ignatian retreat, Finding Christ in the World. Carol holds a J.D. from SMU Dedman School of Law and is currently pursuing a Master of Art in Theology and Leadership at Gonzaga University. She and her husband reside in Dallas. They are the parents of five adult children and grandparents to two (so far!).