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A Women's 30-Day Retreat in Everyday Life, Based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola

A Weekly Ignatian Prayer Group for Women

October 12 - November 9, 2021

Program Cost: $300.00

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


Come and join us Tuesdays from 8:45am - 11:30am (five consecutive Tuesdays, October 12-November 9) for a guided 30-day women’s retreat in everyday life, as we pray together the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, and learn the wisdom within Ignatian Spirituality that enhances personal prayer and creates intimacy with God. Included will be Ignatian teaching, guided Lectio Divina, rich, shared prayer experiences, and small group discussion. All course materials will be provided.  Coffee, tea and water will be provided.


A day or evening of reflection, grounded in the Jesuit tradition, is a shorter version of the Ignatian Weekend Retreat. Wherever you are on your spiritual journey, a day or evening program is sure to give you the peace and serenity needed to be still and to rest in God's loving embrace.

Your day or evening of reflection includes thematic talks from our skilled Retreat Leaders, time for private prayer, celebration of Mass and a meal.

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. 

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Retreat Leaders

Barbara Ritson

Barbara completed a 3-year Internship in Ignatian  Spiritual Direction at Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House.  She is a retired religious bookshop manager from the  (Benedictine) Buckfast Abbey Bookshop in Devon,  England. Presently she is an Ignatian Spiritual Director in Geneva where she is  also a member of St Peter Parish in Geneva. Barbara  has many years of participation in Bible study,  contemplative prayer groups, and Ignatian guided  retreats. She continues to be delighted to be married to her best friend, Keith, for 51 years. Barbara and  Keith have 2 beloved children & spouses, and three  cherished grandchildren. 

Carol Pankros

Carol completed the 3-year Internship in Ignatian  Spiritual Direction at Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House.  Along with Barbara, they led a successful Bellarmine  Retreat "Introduction to the Spiritual Exercises: Praying  with Ignatius” in the Fall of 2021. Carol has been an  active member of Holy Family Parish in Inverness for  20+ years as a Eucharistic Minister, Mass Proclaimer,  a participant and leader of the parishes Centering Prayer Small Christian Community. Carol both gives  and receives Ignatian Spiritual Direction and has been  for many years.  

In her personal life, she has been married to her  husband, Paul, for 47 years. They have two loving  daughters, and 6 delightful grandchildren. She is  retired from her career which provided her so much  enjoyment on both a professional and personal level.