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

March 26-28, 2021
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men

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

Veteran storyteller and retreat master, Fr. Michael Sparough, presents 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, KC-St Catherine (Dundee),St Francis de Sales (Lake Zurich)

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Retreat Master:


Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ

Fr. Michael Sparough, SJ is a retreat director and spiritual director at the Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House in Barrington.  He holds an MFA from the Yale School of Drama and a Doctor of Ministry from St Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, IL. He is the founder of Charis, a national Jesuit retreat ministry for young adults in their 20s and 30s, and has trained spiritual directors at Loyola University-Chicago.  

A prolific writer and speaker, Fr. Michael has published books, CDs, and DVDs on prayer, discernment, and the sacraments with Franciscan Media, Paulist Press, Liturgical Training Publications, Loyola Press, and Heart to Heart. He is seen regularly on Shalom World Catholic Television and is heard regularly on Sacred Heart radio in Cincinnati and WSFI Catholic Radio in greater Chicagoland. 

His latest co-authored book is What’s Your Decision?  An Ignatian Approach to Decision Making and is published by Loyola Press.  

Fr. Michael’s weekly video homilies can be seen online at www.HtoH.US.