Growing in Love

March 29-31,2019

Love thrives when it is cultivated. Join us for the first time, or again for this life-giving couple’s retreat. Like a garden there is always something new to discover. Spend some time tending to your love relationship. Every marriage goes through stages of love – romance, disillusionment, misery, reconciliation and generativity. Each has its own challenges and rewards.

Join the Sparoughs for this uplifting weekend mixed with focus talks, prayer, dialogue, couple’s enrichment, and practical tools to keep your marriage growing, plus a candle-light Saturday night dinner. There will be plenty of time for reflection and enjoying the beautiful grounds.


Arrupe Retreat House
Dates & Times
Friday, March 29, 2019 @ 5:45 PM
Sunday, March 31, 2019 @ 1:00 PM
$325.00 per couple
Retreat fee includes private room and all meals during your stay.

Michael Sparough, SJ

Retreat Director

Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ is a retreat director and spiritual director at the Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House in Barrington. He holds an MFA from the Yale School of Drama and a Doctor of Ministry from St Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, IL. He is the founder of Charis, a national Jesuit retreat ministry for young adults in their 20s and 30s and has trained spiritual directors at Loyola University-Chicago. 

A prolific writer and speaker, Fr. Michael has published books, CDs, and DVDs on prayer, discernment, and the sacraments with Franciscan Media, Paulist Press, Liturgical Training Publications, Loyola Press, and Heart to Heart. He is seen regularly on Shalom World Catholic Television and is heard regularly on Sacred Heart radio in Cincinnati and WSFI Catholic Radio in greater Chicagoland. His latest co-authored book is What’s Your Decision? An Ignatian Approach to Decision Making and is published by Loyola Press.

Geralyn & Tom Sparough

Retreat Directors

The Sparoughs specialize in creative, fun, and enriching programs. They have been married for 32 years, and met on retreat at the Jesuit Spiritual Center at Milford! A professional storyteller and juggler, Tom has a MA in psychology. A veteran teacher and fiber artist, Geralyn has a MA in counseling. Together they founded Creative Retreat, LLC, an organization helping people and organizations to recognize and utilize their strengths. The Sparoughs have raised two children and are very proud grandparents. They are a trained leader-couple for Better Marriages. They have been keynote presenters for Marriage Encounter and Retrouvaille national and international conferences.