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A Father's Heart

December 3-5, 2021
An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men

Retreat Title: A Father's Heart

On December 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, we come to the conclusion of the special “Year of St. Joseph,” proclaimed by Pope Francis in his Apostolic Letter “Patris corde,” With a Father’s Heart. God invites all men to have a father’s heart — whether or not they happen to have children! In companionship with St. Joseph and the Holy Family, on this retreat we will explore a Father’s heart.

Groups Attending: Individuals, St Basil (formerly the Don Goodwille group)

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Retreat Master:


Fr. Paul Mueller, SJ

Fr. Mueller is from Cincinnati, one of 5 children. After attending St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati and earning a BA in Physics at Boston University, he entered the Society of Jesus in 1982. In the course of his Jesuit training he earned MA degrees in Philosophy, Divinity and Theology. After being ordained a priest in 1993, he earned an MS in Physics and a PhD in History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Chicago. Fr. Mueller served as professor of philosophy at Loyola University Chicago 2004 - 2009; he also served as Academic Dean for two seminary programs based at Loyola University, the Jesuit First Studies Program and St. Joseph College Seminary. Since 2010 Fr. Mueller has been assigned to the Vatican Observatory, which has its headquarters at Castel Gandolfo in Italy. In addition to being a member of the Observatory research staff, he is the Observatory’s vice director and also religious superior of its attached Jesuit community. He divides his time between the Observatory headquarters and its dependent research facility at Tucson AZ.