Mass in the Chapel
Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House offers many types of retreats, including silent retreats, Bill W/12-step retreats (for those in addiction recovery), directed retreats, and private retreats. Please view our retreat offerings below.

Silent Weekend Retreats

Over the weekend there are eight talks given by the Retreat Master (almost always a Jesuit, except for certain Bill W retreats). All talks are based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. These exercises help us reflect and deepen our spirituality.

Registration for a weekend retreat begins on Friday at 3pm (Thursday for a 4-Day retreat) and continues until 6:30pm (late arrival is okay, please just advise us ahead of time). A wine and cheese social begins at 6:30pm followed by dinner at 7pm. After dinner new retreatants are invited on a tour of the retreat house. Following the tour, the first talk by the retreat master is given in the Chapel. At this time all retreatants are asked to remain in silence until after Mass on Sunday.

Mass is celebrated Friday evening, Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. Other spiritual opportunities include: indoor/outdoor Stations of the Cross, Rosary, Adoration, Reconciliation and Spiritual Direction. You may also choose to take time for prayer, walk our beautiful grounds, read a book from our library or resource center, or simply rest and recharge your physical and spiritual batteries.

Some people have been coming to Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House for over 50 years. Here are some words from our retreatants:

“I look forward each year to the beautiful silence of Bellarmine!”

“It was a wonderful experience. I was fully rested, rested in the Lord. I had a good conversation with Him and really felt His presence throughout the whole event”.

» Suggested donation: $270*. A deposit of $70 is required to register for this retreat. Your $70 is applied toward the cost of your retreat or refunded to you if we receive your cancellation request 24 hours in advance.

Women’s Silent Weekend Retreats

Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House can accommodate up to 75 women on a women’s silent retreat weekend. Some women’s groups have been coming for years to Bellarmine, but individuals are welcome at any scheduled Women’s Weekend. All rooms are individual private with shared baths and showers.

» Suggested donation: $270*. A deposit of $70 is required to register for this retreat. Your $70 is applied toward the cost of your retreat or refunded to you if we receive your cancellation request 24 hours in advance.

Men’s Silent Weekend Retreats

Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House can accommodate up to 75 men on a men’s silent retreat weekend. Some men’s groups have been coming for years to Bellarmine, but individuals are welcome at any scheduled men’s weekend. All rooms are individual private with shared baths and showers.

» Suggested donation: $270*. A deposit of $70 is required to register for this retreat. Your $70 is applied toward the cost of your retreat or refunded to you if we receive your cancellation request 24 hours in advance.

Women’s Bill W. 12-Step Weekend Retreats

Bill W Retreats are for women in recovery programs based on the 12-step programs. The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius are used by the Jesuit presenters, and the presenters are qualified and skilled in the 12 steps.

» Suggested donation: $270*. A deposit of $70 is required to register for this retreat. Your $70 is applied toward the cost of your retreat or refunded to you if we receive your cancellation request 24 hours in advance.

Men’s Bill W. 12-step Weekend Retreats

Bill W Retreats are for men in recovery programs based on the 12-step programs. The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius are used by the Jesuit presenters. The presenters are qualified and skilled in the 12 steps.

» Suggested donation: $270*. A deposit of $70 is required to register for this retreat which is applied toward the cost of your retreat or refunded to you if we receive your cancellation request 24 hours in advance.

Silent Weekend Retreats for Men and Women

Combined Men and Women Silent Weekend Retreats are new to Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House.

» Suggested donation: $270*. A deposit of $70 is required to register for this retreat which is applied toward the cost of your retreat or refunded to you if we receive your cancellation request 24 hours in advance.

(*flexible pricing)

“This men’s and women’s retreat is a very good idea. I hope that it is successful in the future”!

“This men and women format is a wonderful idea. I enjoyed being here”!

“The men and women combined didn’t change anything for me one way or another”.

“It was a great retreat, please try the co-ed again”!

“I found no problems with the mix of gender at the retreat. Keep up the good work”!

Five-Eight Day Retreats

The Eight Day Retreat is among the most popular adaptations of the Spiritual Exercises. While it’s longer than a weekend, it’s also shorter than the full 30 days of the Exercises.

Our Eight Day Retreats begin on Friday evening and end on Saturday with lunch. During the retreat, retreatants have the opportunity to meet daily with a spiritual director.

Every retreatant’s Eight Day Retreat is uniquely personal because it consists of the retreatant’s reflections and conversations with his/her spiritual director.

While we hope everyone could be present for the full 8 days of the retreat, we realize that not everyone can afford the time. As a result, we welcome those who can’t make the full 8 days. Therefore, we offer a five or three day retreat during this time.

Included in the cost are air-conditioned, individual sleeping rooms; prepared meals, Daily Eucharist and the opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation; Acres of beautifully tended grounds for leisurely walking; an atmosphere of silence conducive to prayer; Daily meetings with a spiritual guide who is versed in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, as an aid to reflection upon one’s prayer.

» Suggested donation: $85.00 per day. Registration requires a deposit of one-night’s stay, non-refundable ($85).

Private Retreats

Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House offers Private Retreats to individuals on weekdays. (Some weekends are available in the summer months ~ please call our office to get available dates. 847-381-1261.) Some individuals come for a day or two. Others perhaps just one day with no overnight. Depending on our calendaring, we can welcome Individual retreatants. We provide you with a room and three meals per day. You spend your day anyway you want to other than scheduled meal times. Mass is available daily, we provide a beautiful setting for spiritual reading, contemplation, devotions and quiet walks.

» Suggested donation: $45 per day only and $85.00 for overnight.

Private Retreats with Direction

Depending on the availability of our Jesuit Staff, private spiritual direction can be offered to private retreatants.

September Kairos group

September Kairos Group

Special Events

Special Events are group retreats who basically use our facilities, overnight accommodations and meals included, but run the retreat themselves, e.g., High School Kairos retreats; parish staff retreats;

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* Balancing good stewardship with a desire to make retreats available to all, on our weekends we ask for a donation of $270. A deposit of $70 is required for registration for everyone. The deposit will go towards the total cost of your retreat. Should you decide to cancel your retreat, you will receive your deposit back. Should you not show up for your retreat or not call to cancel before 24 hours of your weekend, the $70 will be used by Bellarmine to cover the costs it put out for your weekend expenses, such as maintenance, food, retreat master, housekeeping, etc. Last year one weekend had 11 no-shows. We cannot continue to operate with that type of loss.

We realize that not everyone can make a donation that covers the actual cost of a retreat. However, some retreatants give more than the actual cost. Their donations supplement the offerings less affluent retreatants are able to make. We ask only that you give what you can honestly afford to help us provide retreats. Bellarmine’s retreats are the Lord’s work so we know you will give generously according to your means.