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Contemporary Women of Faith: Exploring Being a Contemplative in Action

An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Women

Retreat Date: April 29-May 1, 2022
Groups Attending: Individuals

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


Jesus said “Seeing they see not, and hearing they hear not” (Mt 13:13). What might we be missing in the stressful and busy pace of our lives today? What message might Jesus have to offer to women of our time? Come join other women of faith as we explore the stories of women in Scripture and contemporary women who encounter the living Jesus. The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius bid us to “come and see.”

Retreat Master

Carol Atwell Ackels

Carol is Director of the Ignatian Spirituality Institute in Dallas, Texas. There she offers spiritual direction in the Ignatian tradition, teaches classes in Ignatian spirituality, and forms persons moving into the ministry of spiritual companioning. Carol launched and continues to give formation workshops to shape Jesuits and lay who are moving into retreat ministry and spiritual companioning in the Ignatian tradition. She guides others through the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius in various formats at Jesuit retreat houses across the United States including weekend retreats, the Exercises in Everyday Life, and one-to-one directed retreats.

Carol is co-author with Fr Joe Tetlow, SJ  of Finding Christ in the World, a 12-week Ignatian retreat. In collaboration with Fr Anthony Borrow, SJ, she developed the Toward Greater Freedom retreat for students and parents at Jesuit high schools.

Carol holds a J.D. from Southern Methodist University (SMU) Dedman School of Law, Dallas as well as a Master of Art in Theology and Leadership from Gonzaga University, Spokane. She and her husband reside in Dallas and are the parents of five adult children, and grandparents to four – all of whom are the light and love of life.