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A Long, Loving Look at the Real: Encountering God in a Distracted World

An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men

Retreat Date: March 24-26, 2023
Groups Attending: St. Vincent Ferrer (River Forest), Individuals

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We live in uncertain times, and St. Ignatius provides practical tools for building our spiritual home on the rock of Christ. Fr Joe Simmons weaves Scripture, stories, and elements of the Spiritual Exercises to help us uncover where Christ is always-already laboring in our lives. This weekend retreat aims to help men in all stages of life sift through distractions to rekindle the fire of God’s love. 


This retreat includes 7 presentations, daily mass, 6 hot 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.   

You can learn more about what to expect by visiting this page.

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Retreat Master

Fr. Joseph Simmons, SJ

Fr. Joseph Simmons, SJ, a native of Milwaukee, is passionate about Catholic education and renewing the Christian imagination in light of God’s vision for humanity.  Fr. Joe has taught languages, theology, and philosophy at Jesuit schools around the Midwest, and has directed over 30 Ignatian retreats around the US and UK.  He is wrapping up his doctorate at Campion Hall in Oxford, England on atheist writers who remain “bothered by God.”  Fr. Joe looks forward to finishing studies and helping college students wrestle with the big questions in life.  He loves the priesthood, dry humor and Oxford commas.

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