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A Retreat for Young Adults - The Next Chapter: Living through Transitions with Faith

September 15-16, 2018
An Ignatian, Silent Overnight Retreat for Men & Women

Retreat Title: A Retreat for Young Adults - The Next Chapter: Living through Transitions with Faith

This semi-silent retreat is open to young adult men and women in their 20s and 30s. The retreat begins at 1:30 pm on Saturday, September 15 and ends at 5:00 pm on Sunday, September 16.

Transition: the process of letting go of the way things used to be and taking hold of the way they are or will be. Whether you are graduating from college, transitioning jobs, moving to a new city, getting married, or having just lost a loved one, transitions in life are not always easy. Though they can be joyous, they can also be stressful. Though exciting, they can painful. And though appearing transparent, they can be confusing.

Connect and share with other young adults yearning to reflect on the changes taking place in their lives. Encounter the ways in which God is ever present in those moments of uncertainty. Grow to find a deeper and more grace-filled understanding of how one’s faith in God is active in our journey of transition.

Groups Attending: Individuals

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. 


Rachel Forton

Rachel Forton currently serves as Marketing and Retreat Coordinator for Bellarmine. She is a graduate of Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa and has a BA in Theology and Public Relations with a minor in Catholic Studies. Rachel's past ministry experience includes coordinating and facilitating Kairos high school retreats, Antioch college retreats, and leading small group Bible studies. In Dubuque, she coordinated a nondenominational faith-sharing ministry for a low-income senior citizens home. In addition to her retreat ministry, Rachel is a Young Professionals Board Member for Journeys: The Road Home, a nonprofit serving those experiencing or at risk for homelessness in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.