Friday 7:00 – 9:00 pm (coffee and conversation at 6:30 pm)
Saturday 9:00 am – 4:30 pm, includes lunch and Closing Mass at 3:30 pm
Presented by Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ
Experience the Examen and Prayer of Imagination in new and different ways. Each session will include input from Fr. Michael, a prayer experience, time for journaling, small group sharing and large group session. This program is more in the style of a retreat than a workshop; if you have a journal, please consider bringing it.
If you are new to Ignatian prayer practices, Fr. Michael’s approach will allow you to learn and experience the basics. If you are an experienced practitioner or retreat leader, this program may breathe new life into your practices by opening their form and meaning. Program will also incorporate reflections on leading others in prayer.
The session on Friday night will focus on the Examen Prayer; Saturday session will focus on the Prayer of Imagination. Breath work, body postures, scripture dramatizations, and guided meditations will be utilized to help participants deepen their experience. The program culminates with closing liturgy at 3:30 which will incorporate elements of the program.
Immerse yourself in peace by staying overnight and having additional time for reflection, or select the commuting option or single session as your schedule allows. Resources (books and CDs) will be available for purchase during the program.
Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ, is a retreat director and spiritual director at the Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House in Barrington, IL. He holds an MFA from the Yale School of Drama and a Doctor of Ministry from St Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, IL. He is the founder of Charis, a national Jesuit retreat ministry for young adults in their 20s and 30s, and has trained spiritual directors at Loyola University-Chicago. A prolific writer and speaker, Fr. Michael has published books, CDs, and DVDs on prayer, discernment, and the sacraments.
Friday night only: $30
Saturday only: $60
Friday & Saturday commuters, includes lunch: $85
Friday & Saturday, overnight, includes breakfast and lunch: $130
Limited scholarship funding is available. Contact Paula Fitzgerald to apply.