Scheduled Retreats

The Lord invites us to “Come away and rest awhile” with him.

The Institute for Pastoral Leadership has four planned retreats for 2020-2021




Due to the State of Illinois guidelines – all retreats are limited to 50 participants at this time.  Should the guidelines change, we will increase the number of registrations.  Please register and, if you receive a message that it is sold out, you will be put on a wait list.  You will be contacted if and when we are able to open the retreat to more people.  Thank you for your understanding.

OCTOBER 17, 2020: Retreat with Deacon Mark Duffey
“Back from Emmaus into New Life – a Post-pandemic Pathway”
8:30-9:00 AM Sign-in
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM Retreat

Cost: $65 includes lunch


As we recover in a post-pandemic world, we will benefit from a focus on how to re-energize our spiritual lives and encourage one another.

About this Retreat:  After a challenging walk down the “road to Emmaus” this mini-retreat led by Deacon Mark Duffey will help get our “hearts burning” as we encounter Jesus in his words and in the breaking of bread. Then, we can enthusiastically return to the “upper room” to rejoin our communities, transform our lives, and water our little garden-patch corners of the world!

 Deacon Mark Duffey Bio
Leading people to a deeper encounter with Jesus through retreat ministry has been one of God’s primary callings for Mark for over 3 decades. With enthusiastic story-telling, creative methods, and strong Bible content, his work has included parish missions, Deacons & wives weekend retreats, days of reflection, and many adult/youth formation experiences. Mark has served the Archdiocese of Chicago as a Deacon for 20+ years in 2 parishes in the NW suburbs, as well as in roles with the Office for Evangelization & Missionary Discipleship and the Renew My Church initiative. He has been involved for 30+ years with parishes in 3 different Dioceses in a wide array of ministry including peace & social justice; evangelization, discipleship, and faith formation; and liturgy. Mark and his wife of 40+ years, Ann, have raised 5 grown children. His business career has included leadership positions in consumer/ market research, marketing, team management, business development, and consulting.

Very Reverend John Kartje

JANUARY 9, 2021: Beginning Anew with Christ for men and women with Rev. John Kartje, Rector of Mundelein Seminary and Assistant Professor in the Department of Biblical Studies and Homiletics

Father John Kartje Ph.D. (Astrophysics), University of Chicago; M.Div, S.T.B., University of St. Mary of the Lake; S.T.L, S.T.D. (Biblical Theology), Catholic University of America. Ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago in 2002. Former Associate Pastor, St. Benedict, Chicago, IL. Former Chaplain and Director, Sheil Catholic Center, Northwestern University. Author of Wisdom Epistemology in the Psalter: A Study of Psalms 1, 73, 90, and 107 (De Gruyter, 2014). Member: Catholic Biblical Association, contributor to Chicago Studies.



MARCH 6, 2021: Lenten Retreat with Deacon Mark Duffey
“Taken, Blessed, Broken & Given – A Personal Path of Conversion for Lent”
8:30-9:00 AM Sign-in
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM Retreat

As we journey through Lent 2021, this day of retreat will lead us to a personal understanding of the meaning of these words and commitment to their application in our individual lives – in a traditional sense but also with a unique perspective.  Supplementing Biblical text with real-life stories, shared discussion, and individual contemplation, we will listen with the ears of our hearts for the Lord’s continued opportunity for both conversion within ourselves and service to others.

July 31-Aug 1, 2021: Summer Retreat for women