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Holy Desires to Amazement

An Ignatian, Silent Midweek Retreat for Women

October 4 - 6, 2022

Groups Attending: Individuals

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


This retreat will follow the general themes and flow of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, but in a very experiential manner, with emphasis upon holy desires, gratitude, self-assessment, cooperation with the Lord, trust, relationships, and amazement at the hope and strength God’s grace gives to us.


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.   

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Retreat Leader

Fr. Richard Baumann, SJ

Richard is a native of Cincinnati, entered the Society of Jesus in 1964, and was ordained in 1975.  He has served as vocation director, novice director, pastor, and provincial superior.  More recently he worked in Africa for fourteen years:  six years as director of Ignatian programming and faculty member at the Jesuit Arrupe University in Harare, Zimbabwe, and eight years as co-director of a renewal program for Jesuits before they pronounce final vows located in Cape Coast, Ghana, and in Nairobi, Kenya.  He’s currently based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and works as a regional vocation director for the Jesuits of the Midwest Province, and gives various talks and retreats related to Ignatian spirituality.