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How Can God Use a Sinner Like Me?

An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men

Retreat Date: February 25-27, 2022
Groups Attending: Individuals, Naperville-MM/PP/R/TH, St Isaac Jogues (Hinsdale), Walsh Jesuit High School Alumni, St Francis de Sales (Lake Zurich), Divine Savior (Norridge)

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


Why isn't the Church filled with saints? Jesus came to call sinners because, after his Mother, that was all he had to work with.  The Gospels regularly present the sins and foibles of the apostles, the Pharisees and Sadducees, and the rest of the people who came to Jesus. He loved the sinners, but he challenged them to turn away from their sins. He challenged them to believe more fully in him; he required the sinners to obey his commandments as evidence that they loved him, and he sent them the Holy Spirit so that God himself would be the very strength to become authentic disciples. Jesus is still present in the Church today to continue these processes with us. The goal will be to see ourselves in the lives of the first disciples, moving from sin and vice to holiness and virtue.

Retreat Master

Fr. Mitch Pacwa, SJ

Father Pacwa received his B.A. in Philosophy and Theology from the University of Detroit, summa cum laude. He was ordained a Catholic priest in 1976 with the Society of Jesus, as a Master of Divinity and S.T.B. from the Jesuit School of Theology of Loyola University, magna cum laude. At Vanderbilt University, he received his Master of Arts as well as his Ph.D. in Old Testament. He is best known for his appearances on EWTN for over the last thirty years. Fr. Pacwa is a best-selling Catholic author and has written numerous books on a variety of topics about the Scripture and our Catholic Faith to continue to teach us and generations to come. To leave a Legacy means to: bequest, give an inheritance or endowment. That is the singular driving motivation for Father Pacwa‘s fervent desire to reach out and speak to groups of young Catholic adults. Father Pacwa’s vision is to create a “Legacy of Faith” for the next generation of Catholics who strive to grow and mature in their faith and become the future leaders of our Church. Father Pacwa ardently believes that personally reaching out to young adults in an intimate setting where he can connect and answer questions is the most effective way to reach across generational gaps. He reminds us all that through our Baptism we are called to be sharers of the Church’s mission which is to continue the works of Jesus Christ and to make His name known and loved. For more information visit: