Presence: an overnight retreat for ages 24 - 35

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Experiencing the presence of God is the foundation of Christian faith.  Disciples know the Risen Lord.  They have seen him.  They have heard him.  He has touched them.  Their Lord is not a concept; not a doctrine; but rather a living being with whom they have bonds of affection, commitment and friendship. 

The spiritual encounter happens in different ways, depending on the person, culture and context.  But without intimate knowledge of Christ, to better love and serve, disciples are but noisy brass; catchy protocol and fanfare, meaning nothing. Without interior experience of presence, all we have is ideology, dogma and abstract concept. Doctrine alone has never saved anyone.  No concept has ever given its life for love of neighbor.  Abstractions make no callings and give no missions.  No ideology has ever in the history of humankind, had the necessary empathy to cure the sick, feed the hungry and expel the demon.  

Jesus is a person whose presence is authentic, sincere and convincing. His personal, intimate and unbreakable bond with the Father of love grounds his presence to others.  Presence is the lifeblood of each and every disciple. This one day retreat is designed for adults ages 24 to 35 with an invitation to explore Presence. How do I experience God's presence in my life, here and now? What does prayer have to do with it? How do I listen, learn and grow confident God is at work in me, through me and for me? Where does God's presence place me in community with and for others? The day will include Celebration of the Eucharist, and opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and individual spiritual direction.

Begin with presence by listening to Jesus' invitation, "Come and See"


Registration (non-refundable)        $30
+ retreat offering                              $100 for individual private room*

Includes all meals, private en suite room, linens, materials, and a beautiful thirty-nine acre lakeside campus with St Ignatius Chapel, elegant Library, comfortable Simon Family Dining Hall, and groomed quiet grounds. 

*Married couples may choose to share a room for a cost of $30 registration per person + $60 per person retreat offering (totaling $180). You must register together to choose this option.

Retreat guides:
Fr. Anthony Borrow, S.J.

Fr. Anthony is a Jesuit priest of the UCS Province. He completed his theological studies at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University. Since Anthony's ordination in 2010, he served as campus minister, school counselor and theology teacher at Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory in Houston, Texas. He also served as the Associate Pastor at Immaculate Conception Parish in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is the author of Toward Greater Freedom, an adaptation of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola. Anthony has a Master of Arts in Counseling and Family Therapy from St. Louis University and has worked with gang members in Honduras and those incarcerated in prisons, jails, and detention centers. Anthony enjoys playing racquetball, cooking and promoting the use of open source software.

Carol Atwell Ackels

Carol is the Director of the Ignatian Spirituality Institute. A spiritual director in the ignatian tradition and Senior Ignatian Fellow of Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House, she helps others as retreat director of the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius in various formats, including weekend retreats, the Exercises in Everday Life, and one-to-one directed retreats.  She regularly gives programs and days of reflection to parish and Church groups, as well as workshops to help others move into the retreat ministry and spiritual companioning. Appointed by the Jesuit Provincial, she served six years on the province Commission on Ministry--the group that discerns long-range planning for apostolic work of the Jesuits and their colleagues. Carol worked with Anthony Borrow, S.J. in developing the Toward Greater Freedom retreat for parents at Jesuit College Prep of Dallas, and co-authored with Joe Tetlow, S.J. the  twelve week ignatian retreat, Finding Christ in the World. Carol holds a J.D. from SMU Dedman School of Law and has worked with numerous Catholic organizations in communications and fundraising. She and her husband reside in Dallas and are the parents of five adult children.

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Saturday, Sep.19, to Sunday, Sep.20, 2015