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Praying with Pope Francis: The Gospel of Joy, Mercy, Love & Care for the Earth

February 23-25, 2018
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men

Retreat Title: Praying with Pope Francis: The Gospel of Joy, Mercy, Love & Care for the Earth

Two Jesuit teacher-communicators team up to present an engaging exploration of the major themes of fellow Jesuit Pope Francis’ writing and speaking. Using multi-media, creative rituals, and dramatic storytelling, retreatants will engage the gospel in a heart-changing weekend of prayer.

Groups Attending: Individuals, St. Mary Magdalene (Joliet), St. Ann (Channahon), St. Therese KC Holy Ghost, Ken Murphy Group, Divine Savior (Norridge)

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Retreat Masters:


Keith Maczkiewicz, SJ

Keith Maczkiewicz, SJ, a Long Island, New York native,  joined the New England province of Jesuits in the summer of 2008. Keith graduated from Fairfield University in Connecticut, and did two years of service with the Providence Alliance for Catholic Teachers (PACT), serving as a campus minister at a diocesan high school in Springfield, Massachusetts and living in community with other volunteer teachers.   After completing two years there and earning an M.Ed. from Providence College, Keith began working at The University of Scranton in Pennsylvania in the office of Campus Ministry doing primarily retreat and justice work while living in a freshmen residence hall. After taking vows in the Society in 2010, Keith completed his philosophy studies at Loyola University Chicago in 2013. From 2013-15, Keith worked in the chaplains’ office at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. In August 2015, he began his theology studies at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, CA.


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 Masters of Divinity 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.