May 7-8, 2021
An Ignatian, Silent Overnight Retreat for Women
Using storytelling, poetry, music, guided imagery, journaling, and breath and body prayer, Fr. Michael and Mary guide us through the prayer Jesus taught us. Drawing on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, this retreat will forever change the way you encounter the Lord's Prayer.
Groups Attending: Individuals
Mary McKeon is a member of Bellarmine's ministry staff, a spiritual director, and coordinator of women's ministry. Mary is a graduate of Marquette University. She taught school in Milwaukee's inner city before moving to Washington, DC to work for the United States Senate. She and her late husband have a daughter, son-in-law, granddaughter, and three grandsons who are the joy of her life. Mary received her training as a spiritual/retreat director at the Jesuits' Manresa Retreat House in Bloomfield Hills, MI, where she served on the ministry team and became their first Director of Women's Ministry. In 2014, Mary was the second person to be honored with Manresa's Lifetime Achievement Award.
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.