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Caring for Mother Earth: Prayers and Practices

A Day of Reflection for Men & Women

Program Date: November 11, 2019 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Program Cost: $50.00 (includes Lunch)

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“Praise be to you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us…” Thus Pope Francis  begins his encyclical Laudato Si, On Care for Our Common Home. This day explores the pope’s urgent message in calling for a change of heart. Using poetry, storytelling, art and science, these two creative presenters will tug at our hearts and challenge our thinking about the way we live on this planet we call home.

Retreat Masters

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.

Sr. Pat Bergen, CSJ

Pat Bergen, CSJ is a member of the Congregation of Sisters of St. Joseph. She is an educator, spiritual directress, retreat and workshop facilitator. She co-founded the Well Spirituality Center in La Grange, IL. She has just completed serving on the Leadership Team of the Congregation. She has a Doctorate in Ministry. She has a passion for awakening people to the oneness of all creation and its implications for our understanding of Scripture, Justice, Leadership and Prayer.

Fr. John Braverman, SJ

Rev. John M. Braverman, SJ is a Jesuit of the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, PA. John’s research is in evolutionary biology.  He’s spending Fall 2019 as the Pierre Teilhard de Chardin Fellow in Catholic Studies at Loyola University Chicago.