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Begin with Gratitude

November 22, 2021 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
A Day of Reflection for Men & Women

Retreat Title: Begin with Gratitude

St. Ignatius considered a lack of gratitude a serious offense against God. When we live from a place of entitlement, we cease to acknowledge the deep truth that all we have is a gift from God. As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, we pause to give thanks for our many blessings.

Program Cost: $60.00 (includes Lunch)

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Mrs. Mary McKeon

Mary McKeon is a member of Bellarmine's ministry staff, a spiritual director, and coordinator of women's ministry.  Mary is a graduate of Marquette University.  She taught school in Milwaukee's inner city before moving to Washington, DC to work for the United States Senate.  She and her late husband have a daughter, son-in-law, granddaughter, and three grandsons who are the joy of her life.  Mary received her training as a spiritual/retreat director at the Jesuits' Manresa Retreat House in Bloomfield Hills, MI, where she served on the ministry team and became their first Director of Women's Ministry.  In 2014, Mary was the second person to be honored with Manresa's Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Fr. Jim Strzok, SJ

Fr. Jim Strzok, SJ is a new member of the team at Bellarmine. Born in northern Wisconsin, he attended Campion Jesuit HS, where he received his vocation to be a Jesuit. Trained as a scientist and educationalist, he holds a BS in chemistry and physics, an MS in earth sciences, and an MA in ascetical theology. Following teaching science for several years, he made his tertianship in India and returned to serve Native American Sioux of South Dakota for 18 years. In 1986 he was assigned to assist building the new Jesuit Province in East Africa. There, he gave and trained Africans to give Ignatian retreats and offer spiritual direction. Because the Jesuit province was growing exponentially, he also became a builder, using his environmental and practical background to build schools, Jesuit residences, and buildings that are environmentally sustainable. He just returned from 33 years serving in Africa last year.