There are many different types of retreats enabling you can choose what is most appropriate for your spiritual growth and development. St. Margaret Mary Parish offers the following retreats:

Advent At-Home Directed Retreat

A directed retreat is a personalized experience. Instead of talks given to a group, you meet individually each day/evening for a half hour with a spiritual director at a convenient time for you.

How does this take place at SMMP? A team of certified spiritual directors comes to SMMP for five days. The retreat, which is done at home, begins with a short prayer service from 7:00-8:00 pm on Sunday. During the five days, each participant meets for a half-hour conversation with a retreat director at the parish. Your retreat director will suggest material for you to pray with and give you assistance on how to pray with Scripture. The only requirement is your commitment to pray for approximately a half hour each day of the retreat and meet with your retreat director at a time that is convenient for both of you.

Christ Renews His Parish (CRHP) Retreat

Please visit our CRHP page for more information.

Weekend Preached Retreat

Two preached retreats are offered annually for St. Margaret Mary Parishioners – one for men; one for women. The retreats are conducted at the Joseph & Mary Retreat House in Mundelein. Each person has her/his private room and bathroom. Al Gustafson, Fr. Jim Osendorf and Sr. Madelyn Gould offer the conferences. After each half-hour session, there is optional time for discussion and time for private, quiet reflection. Prepared Morning/Evening Prayer and Sunday Mass are offered. These retreats begin on Friday evening at 7:00 PM and conclude on Sunday at 12:00 PM.

Other Retreats

St. Margaret Mary Church is blessed to be surrounded by several local retreat houses. If the foregoing retreats do not meet your needs, the schedules of retreats in the area are available. Many are posted on the bulletin board outside the Religious Education Offices. Individual retreats at these retreat houses can also be arranged. For further assistance in scheduling a retreat, call Sr. Madelyn (630) 369-0777.

Spiritual Direction

Ongoing spiritual direction is a great way to keep your retreat experience alive. Spiritual direction is a one-on-one meeting with a trained guide during which the directee reflects on her/his spiritual journey. The agenda for spiritual direction includes anything that impacts your spiritual life – relationships, life situations, values and one’s prayer life. If interested, call Sr. Madelyn for a list of certified spiritual directors who minister at our parish and in the area.

Days of Quiet

Days of Quiet are held at St. Procopius Abbey from 9:00 AM-3:00 PM. Watch the bulletin for details and upcoming dates. Please call (630) 369-0777 to register.

Even in stressful times like these, we can build a faith so vibrant that we experience peace and joy. That faith lights our way and allows us to radiate the peace of Christ to others. For centuries people have renewed their connection to a loving God by setting aside time to retreat. Come for an evening, a day, a weekend or longer. Retreats today come in all shapes and sizes, to suit even the most demanding schedule. (Retreats International)