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Lord, Teach Us to Pray: Experiencing the Spiritual Exercises through the Lord’s Prayer

An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men

March 24 - 26, 2023

Groups Attending: Milwaukee STME Exodus 90, St. Vincent Ferrer (River Forest), Brothers at Bellarmine, Our Lady of Peace, Individuals

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


The Lord’s Prayer is very familiar to us, and it is a prayer we often say without reflecting on its considerable depth and vision. It is also the one prayer which Jesus teaches his disciples. Tertullian, an early Christian, called the Lord’s prayer, “the epitome of the Gospel.” In this retreat, we will experience some central themes of the Spiritual Exercises through the lens of the Lord’s Prayer, thus deepening our appreciation of both.


This retreat includes 7 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. Jim Flaherty, SJ

Fr. Jim Flaherty, SJ, is currently the Director of First Studies and Associate Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University in Chicago. Prior to coming to Loyola University, he served as Pastor of Gesu Parish in Milwaukee, WI, after teaching philosophy at Marquette University. He has preached and/or directed retreats for many years at the Jesuit Retreat House in Oshkosh, WI, Demontreville Retreat House in St. Paul, MN, and Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House in Barrington, IL. He has earned an MDiv and MTS in Theology (Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, CA) and a PhD in Philosophy (New School University in New York City).