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Rest and Re-creation; Reconciliation and Resurrection: Praying with Movies and Music

January 4-6, 2019
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men

Retreat Title: Rest and Re-creation; Reconciliation and Resurrection: Praying with Movies and Music

St. Ignatius teaches us to seek and find God in all realities. Movies and music at our fingertips are relatively new realities in human experience. Messages of Faith, Justice and Reconciliation are found within movies like It’s a Wonderful Life; Places in the Heart; The Way and Coco. Our hearts and minds are moved by all kinds of music from the Ave Maria and Beethoven’s Ninth to The Beatles and Nina Simone. Let’s explore how to pray with these gifts.

Groups Attending: Individuals, Four Shepherds

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Retreat Master:

Fr. Richard Malloy, SJ

Fr. Richard G. Malloy, SJ, aka “Mugs,” was born at Temple University hospital in Philadelphia, the friendly city of brotherly shove. He earned a doctorate at Temple. So, he didn’t go very far in life! He graduated from St. Joe’s Prep, the Jesuit high school in Philadelphia. He attended Lafayette College in Easton, PA, where he played football, lacrosse, and rugby. He was a member of Delta Upsilon fraternity. He entered the Jesuit Novitiate in Wernersville, PA. While in Jesuit formation, he spent two years teaching high school in Osorno, Chile and one year in pastoral work in Santiago.

His book, A Faith That Frees: Catholic Matters for the 21st Century (Orbis Books, 2008), examines the relationships between the practices of faith and the cultural currents and changes so rapidly occurring in our global world. His second book is entitled Being On Fire: The Top Ten Essentials of Catholic Faith (Orbis Books 2014).  Both books were recognized with awards by the Catholic Press Association in the category “Best Presentation of the Catholic Faith.” His new book, Spiritual Direction: A Beginner’s Guide was published in the fall of 2017. 

He lived and worked as a member of the Jesuit Urban Service team at Holy Name Parish in Camden, NJ, from 1988 to 2003. While in Camden, he also served in various positions at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. At the University of Scranton, he is the University Chaplain and teaches courses in Anthropology, Sociology, and Theology. He lives in a first year dorm (anthropological fieldwork!). Fr. Malloy’s blog is found at  You can follow him on Twitter: @FrMalloy.  

Fishing is his passion in life, and he prays for the day when he will catch a 10-lb trout or a 47-inch Muskie. He is convinced that such a catch, the Eagles winning the Super Bowl, or the Phillies beating the Yankees in the World Series, are all sure signs that the second coming of Jesus is imminent.