Seeds of New Hope

September 18-20, 2020

“I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.” – Jn. 10:10

Jesus plants seeds of hope that life can be lived vibrantly in a new way in our present moment.  Journey into life of resurrection and newfound hope. Let scripture, prayer, Ignatian wisdom, and reflection become catalysts for envisioning life, restoration and God’s presence in a new way.


Arrupe Retreat House
Sponsor Group
Sorrowful Mother
Dates & Times
Friday, September 18, 2020 @ 5:45 PM
Sunday, September 20, 2020 @ 1:00 PM
Retreat fee includes private room and all meals during your stay.

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.

Stephen Poat

Retreat Director

Stephen Poat was born and raised in Paducah, Kentucky in a very devout Catholic charismatic family. After high school he entered St. Pius X Seminary and discerned his vocation, not to the priesthood, but as a lay person working in the Catholic church. Stephen is currently the Associate Executive Director at the Jesuit Spiritual Center and has been in ministry for over 30 years serving as Director of Youth Ministry, Parish Youth Minister, Parish Business Manager and Retreat Leader. In 1990 after finishing his studies in sociology and theology at Thomas More College, he served in the Persian Gulf war and is a decorated combat engineer in the United States Army. In 1994 he completed the Youth Ministry certification from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Stephen is a gifted praise and worship leader and enjoys riding his motorcycle cross country. He has a contagious passion for the Church, teenagers, living what he believes and pointing others to Christ. Stephen and his wife Angie have been married for 30 years and live in Northern Kentucky with their four children.