Bless the Space Between Us

A Retreat for Married Couples

April 17 - 19, 2020

You are called to be a Sacrament of Christ’s special love for His People. Rediscover your power to bless one another in your married relationship. As we follow a sequence of blessings for the various rhythms of the human journey together: beginnings, desires, thresholds, homecomings, states of the heart, callings, and beyond endings, may you be empowered to bless, heal and renew one another.

By taking the time to commit to this retreat together, you are making your primary vocation, your marriage, a priority in your life and a choice that will enrich you, your family and friends with much joy.


Arrupe Retreat House
Sponsor Group
Married Couples
Dates & Times
Friday, April 17, 2020 @ 5:45 PM
Sunday, April 19, 2020 @ 1:00 PM
$460.00 per couple
Retreat fee includes private room and all meals during your stay.

Neil & Kathy Heskin

Retreat Director

Neil & Kathy Heskin have been married for 52 years, have 3 married sons, 5 grandsons and 2 granddaughters. They have been active in family ministry for 40 years, first giving Marriage Encounter weekends, and later working with engaged couples and giving retreats and evenings of reflection for married couples. Kathy taught Theology and Pastoral Ministry at Dominican University in River Forest, IL for 20 years, where she directed a BA degree in Pastoral Ministry and an MA degree in Family Ministry. They began Earthen Vessels Christian Bookstore in Arlington Heights, IL, which Neil ran for 20 years. He also served as the Business Manager for Ascension Parish until he retired. After Kathy retired from Dominican University as Professor Emerita, she began teaching as an adjunct at Edgewood College. Kathy and Neil now live in Lodi, WI and enjoy their grandchildren!

Paul Macke, SJ

Retreat Director

Fr. Paul Macke, SJ currently is the Jesuit Mission Coordinator at the Jesuit Spiritual Center at Milford. Previously, he served 7 years as Executive Director of Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House just outside Chicago. He is well-experienced in retreat ministry, having served in pastoral ministry in Alaska for 17 years. Following his years in Alaska, he was appointed Secretary for Pastoral Ministries and Jesuit Life for the Jesuit Conference of the United States in Washington, DC. He holds an MA in counseling and D.Min. in  pastoral psychotherapy.