An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men
Retreat Dates: January 14-16, 2022
Groups Attending: Individuals, St. Anne (Barrington), Ken Murphy Group, St. Charles Borromeo (Hampshire), Fr. Ladniak Memorial
This retreat is currently at capacity or registration is closed. Please call the office at 847.381.1261 with questions.
The talks are grounded in the Spiritual Exercises and encourage the retreatant through prayer, reflections on Scripture, and the sacraments. We seek to know how best to respond to the call of Jesus Christ to follow Him in the coming year.
This retreat includes several presentations, daily mass, 6 meals, the opportunity for one-on-one spiritual direction with a trained spiritual director, and many other opportunities to explore our 80 acres and almost 60k square feet of interior space. All activities are optional, but we do ask everyone to respect the quiet of the retreat house for everyone to have the opportunity to read, sleep and reflect in the quiet.
Bellarmine has two libraries, a resource center, two chapels, and many other common areas. Outdoor spaces include a various walking trails, various prayer gardens, a gazebo, stations of the cross, as well as a few patios and outdoor chairs and benches. Each retreatant has their own bedroom.
You can learn more about what to expect by visiting this page.
Fr. Fairbanks hails from the Cincinnati area and taught English and religion for many years in the US and overseas. Inspired by the life of Ignatius Loyola and Francis Xavier, he was led to enter the Midwest Province of the Society of Jesus in 1989. Fr. Fairbanks studied philosophy, classical languages, and theology at Loyola Chicago and Weston Jesuit School of Theology. Ordained a Jesuit priest in 2000, Fr. Fairbanks served at St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago and then visited Bolivia and Peru as part of his Spanish language training and tertianship experience. In 2006 he was missioned as the Director of Vocations for the Chicago Jesuits and as Rector of the Jesuit Community at St. Ignatius College Prep. Fr. Fairbanks has served as spiritual director for Jesuits, candidates, students, and adults for twelve years. Having pronounced his final vows in 2009, Fr. Fairbanks was assigned as pastor at St. Xavier Church in Cincinnati. He now serves as superior of the Jesuit community in Chicago and Chaplain at St. Ignatius. Among other hobbies, he enjoys traveling, photography, astronomy, the Beatles, camping, country and classical music.