This directed retreat consists of two days of spiritual direction, opened by a brief introduction on Friday and closing with a group session on Monday morning. This is perfect for those who cannot commit to a week-long directed retreat. You will meet with a spiritual director to reflect on God’s Presence and movement in your life as revealed in prayer, the events and relationships in your life and the response to God that is being made. The spiritual director may make suggestions (prayer forms, Scripture, reading materials, etc…) to support and deepen your awareness of and response to God. You will have this long weekend of quiet and peace for personal reflection at our Center and around our beautiful grounds. Daily mass will be offered by Fr. Patrick Bergquist too. Guided by Fr. Patrick Bergquist and Jackie Antkowiak.
This is a silent retreat. Check-in begins at 3pm, dinner will be served at 6pm and the retreat will begin after dinner. Silence will begin at that time. If you have a preference for your spiritual director, please indicate it below on your registration form under the ‘special needs’ section. Or, you can call our Welcome Center at 410-442-3120.
Fr. Patrick Bergquist, M.Div, spent nearly 20 years as a missionary along the Yukon River in Nothern Alaska and he turned to explore a wilderness far less chartered, that of the human spirit and soul. A diocesan priest of Fairbanks, he hold a Master of Divinity degree from Sr. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore and two Certificates in Spiritual Direction, from the Heychia School in Tucson, Arizona, and the Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University in Chicago. where he specialized in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. Additionally, he earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and Literary Arts from the University of Alaska Anchorage. He’s a poet, a spiritual memoirist, and the author of The Long Dark Winter’s Night: Reflections of a Priest in a Time of Pain and Privilege, as well as various articles in publications such as Spiritual Life and American Magazine.
Jackie Antkowiak is a writer, speaker, spiritual director, bereavement counselor, life coach, retreat director, and hospice volunteer. She is currently the spiritual advisor for 100+ Catholic Daughters of the Americas at her home parish. Since retiring from her Pastoral Associate position, Jackie fills her time with reading, speaking engagements, leading book/bible study groups and Small Christian Communities and does hospice work with Veterans.