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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. 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.


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.