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The Joy of Love: Praying with Pope Francis' Teaching on Marriage

An Ignatian, Semi-Silent Weekend Retreat for Couples

Retreat Date: April 1-3, 2022
Groups Attending: Married Couples

This retreat is currently at capacity or registration is closed. Please call the office at 847.381.1261 with questions.


The Holy Father has given many inspiring and practical suggestions for couples to grow together in love and holiness.  Fr Michael will explore his thought with inspiring reflections,  heart touching dramatizations and soul stirring music. This retreat also provides  plenty of time for you and your spouse to come together and talk about what’s most important in your marriage.  Come to deepen the joy of your love in your marriage!

Retreat Master

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.