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The Spiritual Exercises through Art

An Ignatian, Silent Weekend Retreat for Men

September 6 - 8, 2024

Groups Attending: Individuals, Matt Carpenter, Holy Spirit Catholic Church - Naperville

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The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius speak to the yearnings of the human heart for meaning and intimacy with God. This retreat explores the major themes and movements of the Exercises by reflecting on and praying about how the visual arts can move our imaginations and inspire spiritual experiences and insights. No artistic talent required.


This retreat includes several presentations, daily mass, 6 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. Each retreatant has their own bedroom. 

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Retreat Leader

Fr. Mark Scalese, SJ

Fr. Mark Scalese, SJ is currently the religious superior of young Jesuits in the First Studies Program at Loyola University Chicago. Prior to that, he spent 15 years at Fairfield University in Connecticut, where he was a tenured professor in the Film, Television and Media Arts program and the director of campus ministry. Born and raised in Scranton, PA, he taught elementary school art before entering the Society of Jesus in 1987. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1997.

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