Retreat for Priests, Deacons

and Lay People

The Ministry of the Spiritual Exercises 30 Day Retreat
30-day Retreat from July 3 - August 5, 2022
3, 5, and 8 Day Retreats July 12 - August 3 2022

Joseph and Mary Retreat House St. Ignatius Loyola


The rich opportunity to come away and enter into silence to taste and see the goodness of the Lord is offered in the ministry of the Spiritual Exercises.  The retreat participant engages in meditation and contemplative prayer rooted in the Sacred Scriptures and the Ignatian Tradition.

30-day retreat is offered between July 3 - August 5, 2022.


Daily mass and Spiritual direction are part of each of the 3, 5, and 8 day retreats. Theses opportunities are available between July 12 and August 3, 2022. One personal reference is needed to give testimony to an applicant's readiness to enter into a silent retreat.


One enters into the retreat to receive more deeply an ongoing experience and encounter with the mission of Jesus’ Spirit.  It can also be a profound means for discerning what Jesus’s Spirit is choosing to reveal about the Father’s will for the retreatant.


Joseph and Mary Retreat House in Mundelein is recently renovated and located on the beautiful campus of Mundelein Seminary.  Each guest room is air-conditioned and has a private bathroom.  Access to the seminary library, chapel and fitness facilities is provided.  Bicycles are available to enjoy the nearby extensive biking and walking trails.  The retreat center is situated beside an expansive lake and is adjacent to Marytown, the National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe.  This shrine offers perpetual Eucharistic adoration.


  • 30-day retreat from July 3 - August 5, 2022

  • 3-day retreats; July 18 - 21, July 22 - 24

  • 5-day retreat; July 12 - 17

  • 8-day retreat; July 27 - August 3



Preference for admission is given to Bishops, Seminary Formators, Vocation Directors, Priests, Deacons and their Wives, Religious and Lay leaders involved in spiritual formation and evangelization.  Prerequisites include having made two week-long silent directed retreats or the equivalent.  Silent conference retreats without daily individual spiritual direction or quiet time spent in a monastic setting for days of personal retreat do not fulfill the prerequisites.  Exceptions to these prerequisites can be discussed if there seems to be an equivalent spiritual preparation through intensive spiritual formation programs and/or life experience.  A telephone interview is required.  During this interview daily habits of prayer and the regularity of spiritual direction are discussed as well as one’s personal experience of God’s love.

More About The Spiritual Exercises

During the retreat, participants experience God’s invitations to be loved, reconciled and called to live in companionship with Jesus’ Spirit.  This entails some type of sharing in Jesus’ passion, death and resurrection.  The paschal mystery is tested through the image of God, alive in the retreatant’s heart, being placed in dialogue with the experience of the Holy Spirit’s consoling activity in this mystery.  It is a mystery to be lived out in day-to-day faith following the retreat.

The Spiritual Exercises are a type of map, a map for the human heart to follow in prayerful meditation and contemplation.  To follow these exercises brings one into intimate contact with the risen presence of Jesus Christ who reveals the Father of all mercy and consolation.  If the book called “The Spiritual Exercises” is read, the experience is dry, like reading a manual.

To actually experience The Spiritual Exercises, one must follow the guidance of a spiritual director who provides guidelines for a deeper encounter with God at work amid the inter-dynamic of human desiring.  In the 30-day format the retreatant prays four to five hours daily and sees the spiritual director for an hour each day.  Eucharistic liturgy is also celebrated on a daily basis.

Spiritual Directors

  • Mr. Daniel Almeter

  • Mrs. Sharon Doran

  • Fr. John Horn, S.J.

  • Fr. Nick Mormando, O.F.M, Cap.

  • Fr. Bill Murphy

  • Fr. Thomas Pulickal, Jesus Youth

  • Dr. Carol Razza


Due to the generosity of benefactors we are pleased to offer the following low rate: $3,200.00 includes all materials and the stipend for spiritual direction. The 3, 5, and 8 day retreats have a fee of $110.00 per day


Contact for Applications

30 Day Retreat Contact:

Fr. John Horn, S.J.


3, 5, and 8 Day Retreats Contact:

Fr. Thomas Pulickal, Jesus Youth