Holy Week

Walking to Calvary with Christ

April 18-20, 2019

This Holy Week retreat will emphasize the Christian’s ultimate role to become another Christ. As we follow Jesus we are thereby also called to imitate and thus become ever more like him. To do that we need the grace of the Church, the scriptures and God’s people–my brothers and sisters. The days of Holy Week will focus on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556) to evaluate our interior lives in terms of our fidelity to be with Christ on his way to the Cross.


Arrupe Retreat House
Dates & Times
Thursday, April 18, 2019 @ 5:45 PM
Saturday, April 20, 2019 @ 1:00 PM
Retreat fee includes private room and all meals during your stay.

Dave Meconi, SJ

Retreat Director

Fr. David Vincent Meconi, SJ is an Associate Professor of Historical Theology and the Director of the new Catholic Studies Centre at Saint Louis University; he is also the editor of Homiletic and Pastoral Review. He holds the pontifical license in Early Church History from the University of Innsbruck in Austria, as well as his doctorate in Ecclesiastical History from the University of Oxford. Fr. Meconi has published numerous books and articles on the early Church, most recently is his 101 Surprising Facts About Church History (St. Benedict’s Press). Fr. Meconi is a Fellow of the Augustinian Institute at Villanova University; he serves on the boards of the St. Benedict Forum at Hope College in Holland, MI, as well as on the ecclesiastical board of Boston College.

The Value of Silence

The value of praying and seeing the world as St. Igantius bids us to view God as a tremendous lover who calls us into communion to himself through our love and service of those around us. It is a spirituality that sees "God in all things," thereby weaving a seamless worldview in which the divine is experienced in the most mundane of human lives. Yet it is also a worldview in which this same God has founded a Church and calls all people to come to her life-giving sacraments. An Ignatian retreat is therefore based on the silence needed to enter into one's experience and contemplate what it is God is doing, as well as on prayer together, the common worship of Mass and the Sacrament of Reconciliation as well as Eucharistic Adoration.