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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. 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.


Rachel Forton

Rachel Forton currently serves as Marketing 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 ministry experience includes coordinating and facilitating Kairos high school retreats, Antioch college retreats, and leading small group Bible studies. She is currently an intern in Bellarmine's Spiritual Direction Training Program. Rachel lives in Palatine, Illinois with her husband and daughter.