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Entering the Heart of Mary with St. Ignatius

October 16, 2018 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Men & Women

Retreat Title: Entering the Heart of Mary with St. Ignatius

Cincinnati artist Holly Schapker has devoted many years interpreting Ignatian and Marian spirituality through her paintings. She teams with storyteller and poet Fr. Michael Sparough, SJ in a Day of Prayer that is sure to be a feast for the eyes and rich food for the soul.

Program Cost: $50.00 (includes Lunch)

Please call the office at 847-381-1261 to register for this retreat.

Retreat Masters:


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 Doctor of Ministry degree 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. 


Holly Schapker

In 2007, artist Holly Schapker made a pilgrimage to Spain and Rome to learn about St. Ignatius of Loyola. Through the 19th Annotation retreat, Holly integrated the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius into her daily life. These experiences changed her life and her art in a profound way. In keeping with St. Ignatius' devotion to Our Blessed Mother, Holly created a painting exhibition based on Mary for the Marian Library at the University of Dayton. She has traveled the nation presenting her evangelical paintings and continues to give lectures on the creative process and Ignatian Spirituality. Her works have been published and displayed worldwide. Even Pope Francis attained a portrait of the pope's mother that Holly painted which was presented to him in Vatican City. Holly resides and paints in Cincinnati, Ohio.