October 12-November 9, 2021
A Weekly Ignatian Prayer Group for Women
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.
Program Cost: $300.00
Barbara Ritson completed a 3-year Internship in Ignatian Spiritual Direction at Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House. She is a retired Religious bookshop Manager at the (Benedictine) Buckfast Abbey Bookshop in Devon, England. Barbara is presently in the 4-year Scripture Program at Loyola’s Institute of Pastoral Studies and is an active member of St Patrick’s Parish in St Charles where she is an Extraordinary Minister. She has many years’ participation in Bible study, contemplative prayer groups and Ignatian guided retreats.
I welcome you into this journey where God’s loving presence is leading us in conversation and prayer. several years ago, I met with a Spiritual Director from Holy Family and it changed my life. I was so grateful to have had the experience of discovering how God was an intimate part of my daily life. He is here for us even when we don’t see or hear Him. I am grateful to walk with others as we experience God’s love and care.
This life journey is what brought me into Spiritual Direction: the desire to listen and encourage others as they walk in their journey with God. I call our sessions “holding space” with someone centered and grounded in God’s love. I offer our time together to be a confidential listening resource for whatever feelings you may be experiencing. My Spiritual Direction training has been with Bellarmine Jesuit House in Barrington, IL in their three year program with ongoing resources. My practice is centered in Ignatian tradition. Over the years, I’ve been involved with several church ministries, of which the richest of my experiences were those that involved forming relationships centered in faith. I am a member of Holy Family Parish, married to my husband, Paul. We have two daughters, two son in laws, and 6 grandchildren. I am retired from my career which provided me so much enjoyment on both a professional and personal level.