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Entering Holy Week through the Spiritual Exercises

An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men

March 22 - 24, 2024

Groups Attending: Individuals, Quigley North & South Alumni, Holy Child of Jesus (merged Sts. Margaret, Timothy and Henry parishes), St John Vianney - Lockport, Our Lady of Peace Holy Name Society and Knights of Columbus - Darien

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


Our retreat, ending on Palm Sunday, will prepare us to enter Holy Week and engage the graces of the upcoming Triduum. The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius will provide us a path for this journey.


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. 

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Retreat Leader

Fr. Mark Carr, SJ

Fr. Mark Carr, SJ was raised in Wheaton, IL. He attended Marquette University before entering the Jesuits. Since ordination in 2005, he ministered mostly in Jesuit high schools: as teacher and director of campus ministry at Red Cloud High School in South Dakota; as an assistant principal at Marquette University High School in Wisconsin; and as the principal of Walsh Jesuit High School in Ohio. He also served in Jesuit governance with the former Wisconsin Province as the assistant provincial. Currently, he is the executive director of the Jesuit Retreat House on Lake Winnebago, in Oshkosh, WI.