Did you get what you wanted from this life, even so?
And what did you want?
To call myself Beloved, To feel myself Beloved, On Earth.
By Raymond Carver
Founded in 1999, the Beloved Retreat offers you a community within Old St. Pat’s and our Catholic Church. Our hope is that, together, we can rediscover what often eludes us, but what God wants us to know: that we are Beloved. We offer a safe, open and inclusive environment in a quiet, pastoral setting where you can explore your relationship with God and yourself. Following the retreat, you will have opportunities to stay in touch through Legacy Dinners, our Afternoon of Reflection, annual summertime picnic and more — to help us stay connected and to deepen our roots as a community of believers.
The Beloved Retreat is an interactive weekend (Friday evening to Sunday afternoon) retreat experience inviting participants to contemplate the unlikely, giddy, and provocative prospect we are actually passionately Loved by God. More than 1,000 people have participated in the Retreat during the course of the last ten years. The Retreat is held three times a year and welcomes 35 retreatants whose demographics are, gratefully, very diverse: Single and married; long standing Old St. Pat’s members, and those who have never crossed the threshold of our Church; young people and “seasoned veterans;” “Practicing” Catholics, Alienated Catholics, Hurt Catholics “Iffy” Catholics, sisters and brothers from other religious traditions. The retreat has proved to be invigorating, healing, transformative, provocative and comforting for many. Please consider joining us!
- The retreat is held at Beautiful St. Mary of the Lake University in Mundelein IL with more than 800 acres to explore.
- Retreat Fee: $205 includes all meals and lodging. Scholarships are available.
Monthly Legacy Gatherings are held following 5:00 p.m. Liturgy, please join us for dinner in the church hall while guest speakers help us to reconnect and reaffirm our identity as God’s beloved sons and daughters.
Note: Retreat fee including all meals and lodging is $205. Scholarships are available. To register for the retreat or for more information, please contact Tammy Roeder at firstname.lastname@example.org,