We listened to one another’s struggles and rejoiced in the joys we find in common. And we found ourselves renewed in important conversations of faith...

 

Falling in Love... Again

Reflection by Emily Schumacher-Novak (photo, left, with husband Greg), is a victim advocate in the Office of Student Affairs at Marquette University. Emily and her husband, Greg attended a “Christ Alive in Our Marriage” retreat offered by Charis Ministries in Milwaukee in January 2015.

Nothing is more practical than finding God, than falling in love in a quite absolute, final way,” says Pedro Arrupe, SJ, former Superior General of the Jesuits. Many presume that Arrupe is talking about falling in love in a Hallmark card kind of way. I believe he’s talking about finding what it is that makes us feel ‘most alive.’ He’s talking about that vocation to which God calls us. For me, an essential piece of my own vocation is finding myself challenged, loved, nurtured, and grown beyond what I thought possible through marriage to my fabulous partner, Greg.

In both planning and participating in the Charis retreat, “Christ Alive in Our Marriage” in January, we had the opportunity to return to those essential ideas that drew us into this vocation. It was a great day-long break from the busy-ness of our lives to encounter one another again, and others on a similar path. We found in front of us a community of faith-filled married folks to share the journey. We listened to one another’s struggles and rejoiced in the joys we find in common. And we found ourselves renewed in important conversations of faith that we often don’t make time for on a regular basis. I’m grateful for the example of Ignatius at Manresa; seeking quiet to listen intently for God’s ever-present invitation.

















The Jesuits invite you to experience spiritual reflection and renewal.

The information below was presented in the Spring 2015 issue of Partners
For complete listings of retreat centers offered by the Midwest Jesuits
including photos and links, please click here

SPIRITUAL MINISTRIES

CHARIS MINISTRIES
Founded in 2000, Charis Ministries provides opportunities for peer-led retreats in the Ignatian tradition to those in their 20s and 30s. Retreats are offered in Chicago and, through the Charis Partner Program, in 37 cities throughout the country, including specific initiatives to serve Hispanic young adults and active duty military personnel.

1333 West Devon Avenue, Box 415 Chicago, IL 60660-1329 (773) 508-3237
www.charisministries.org

IGNATIAN SPIRITUALITY PROJECT
Founded in 1998 by Fr. Bill Creed, SJ, the Ignatian Spirituality Project has offered retreats to hundreds of homeless men and women. ISP has retreat teams in 27 cities across the country that use the great intersection of the 12-Step program (e.g., AA) with the guiding principles of Ignatian Spirituality.

1641 South Allport Street Chicago, IL 60608-2131 (312) 226-9184
www.ignatianspiritualityproject.org

RETREAT MINISTRIES

BELLARMINE JESUIT RETREAT HOUSE
Founded in 1948 in Barrington, IL, the Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House today provides a variety of retreats for men and women and student groups, and veterans who have returned home.

420 West County Line Road Barrington, IL 60010-4011 (847) 381-1261
www.bellarminehall.org

JESUIT RETREAT HOUSE – CLEVELAND
Inspired by the gospel of Jesus Christ and rooted in the spirituality of St. Ignatius, Jesuit Retreat House provides a sacred setting for retreats and programs of growth.

5629 State Road Parma, OH 44134-2201 (440) 884-9300
www.jrh-cleveland.org

JESUIT RETREAT HOUSE – DEMONTREVILLE (LAKE ELMO, MN)
Each year more than 3,000 men from all walks of life participate in retreats at the Demontreville Jesuit Retreat House. Retreats have one theme; to know oneself is to know, love, and serve God in this world.

8243 Demontreville Trail N. Lake Elmo, MN 55042-9546 (651) 777-1311
www.demontrevilleretreat.com

JESUIT RETREAT HOUSE – OSHKOSH
The Jesuit Retreat House offers a variety of retreats including weekend, 12-Step, couples’, a women’s Advent retreat, and a men’s holy week retreat. Located on Lake Winnebago, we welcome men and women of all faiths to our silent conference retreats.

4800 Fahrnwald Road Oshkosh, WI 54902-7502 (920) 231-9060
www.jesuitretreathouse.org

THE JESUIT SPIRITUAL CENTER AT MILFORD
The center creates a Christ-centered oasis where people of all walks of life are encouraged to experience a deeper relationship with God. Countless retreats are offered for reflection for adults and students.

5361 South Milford Road Milford, OH 45150-9746 (513) 248-3500
www.jesuitspiritualcenter.com

MANRESA JESUIT RETREAT HOUSE
Through group and individually directed retreats based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola, Manresa Jesuit Retreat House is a place of quiet, peace, and prayer that seeks to help people grow in their spiritual life.
1390 Quarton Road Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48304-3554 (877) 626-7372
www.manresa-sj.org

AFFILIATED MINISTRIES
CASA ROMERO RENEWAL CENTER
An urban, multicultural and bilingual spirituality center motivated by the integration of faith and justice, our programs offer formation and renewal for youth and adults, in the Ignatian tradition.

423 West Bruce Street Milwaukee, WI 53204-1506 (414) 224-7564
www.casaromerocenter.org

SIOUX SPIRITUAL CENTER
In addition to retreats and spiritual programs, the center offers spiritual and educational programs for Native American mission personnel and catechists to develop local native clergy and leadership on the reservations.

20100 Center Road Howes, SD 57748-7703 (605) 985-5906
http://www.rapidcitydiocese.org/sioux-spiritual-center/

CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY RETREAT CENTER
Consistent with our Jesuit tradition and Ignatian heritage, we offer individual 8-day and 30-day directed, and silent retreats based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola. As a department of Creighton University, we also serve Creighton students, faculty/staff and alumni as well as parishes, school groups, organizations and private individuals.
16493 Contrail Avenue Griswold, IA 51535-9406 (712) 778-2466
www.creighton.edu/ministry/retreatcenter/


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