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




January 9, 2021:  Beginning Anew with Christ

“All beginnings are difficult,” as an old rabbinic adage proclaims.  And yet the gospels present us with a worldview in which Jesus deliberately calls his disciples into a series of fresh beginnings as the Paschal Mystery unfolds.  From Mary’s surprise at the Annunciation, to the apostles’ shock at the Transfiguration, all the way through to the Crucifixion and Resurrection, the gospels consistently challenge us to reset our perspective on ourselves, on God, and on the wider world. Join us for a prayerful exploration of key scriptural texts in which Jesus Christ calls us to live our vocation with ever deepening integrity and courage—even if that means leaving behind a familiar path and striking out along a new road.


Retreat Director:  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.

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.

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