(Events pertinent to religious may be submitted to the Office for Religious for consideration of publication)


12th Annual Posada: Seeking Immigration Reform
December 15, 2017
7am start at 101 W. Congress:


Advent Retreat: Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord with Virginia Jung, OSB & Johnette Sawyer, OSB
December 17,2017   (2-4:30pm)
St. Scholastica Monastery (Chicago):


Sounds of the Season concert with The City Lights Orchestra
December 17, 2017  (7-9pm)
Most Holy Redeemer Church (Evergreen Park, IL)

NB: Free concert, but ticket required 708-636-8686 


The Shock of Advent with Pat Bergen, CSJ
December 18   (7-8:30pm) or December 19   (9:30-11am)
The Well  (LaGrange Park, IL):


Homeless Memorial sponsored by Coalition for the Homeless, WISP and Hope, Harmony and Healing
December 19, 2017  (6pm)
Old St. Pat’s  (Chicago,IL)


Annual Drury Lane performance for Women Religious: 42nd Street
December 19, 2017 luncheon and matinee performance
Drury Lane Theatre (Oak Brook,IL)
[Formal invitation and further details will be sent to Religious Institutes late-November]



The Spiritual Exercises: “Who Am I? Where Am I Going? How Do I Get There?” 
Men’s silent retreat with Fr. Doug Leonhardt, SJ sponsored by Mayslake Ministries
January 5-7, 2018
Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House (Barrington, IL)


National Migration Week Mass: Many Journeys, One Family (Cardinal Blase Cupich presiding)
January 7, 2018  (5:15pm)
Holy Name Cathedral (Chicago)


Come to the Quiet: Listening with the Ear of the Heart with Pat Shea
January 10, 2018  (9:30am-3:30pm)
The Prairie (Wheatland, IA):


The Truth: Faith & Science presented by Fr. Paul Stein
January 14, 2018  (12-1:30pm)
St. Catherine Laboure (Glenview, IL)


March for Life Chicago 2018
January 14, 2018  (2-4pm)
Federal Plaza (50 W. Adams – Chicago):


National Migration Week Interfaith Prayer Service (sponsored by SBI)
January 14, 2018 (4pm)
St. Viator Church (Chicago):


Mini-Sabbatical (one or more weeks)
January 25-February 27, 2018  (Registration deadline: January 15)
The Prairie (Wheatland, IA):


Institute on Religious Life: Inaugural Gala
February 3, 2018   (4pm Mass/Reception/Dinner/Entertainment)
University of St. Mary of the Lake (Mundelein, IL): or 847-573-8975


Training of the Trainer Workshop: Building Intercultural Competence for Ministers
HOPE 2018 Mid-Atlantic Congress
February 15-17, 2018
Baltimore Hilton (Baltimore, MD):


Chicago Faith Congress
February 28, 2018
Loyola University Lakeshore Campus:


Healthy Eating with Holy Intent Women’s retreat with Christine Grano
March 2-3, 2018  (Sponsored by Mayslake Ministries)
Nazareth Retreat House (Batavia, IL):


Singing the Liturgy with Fr. Michael Joncas
March 8, 2018
Sacred Heart Cathedral (Davenport, IA):


Roman Catholic Thought and Practice: 50 Years After Vatican II with Fr. Michael Joncas
March 9-10, 2018
The Prairie (Wheatland, IA):


Silent Lenten Retreat: Our Life Journey with the Saints with Fr. Robert Flack, SJ
March 9-11, 2018
Cenacle Retreat and Conference Center (Chicago):


Icon Retreat: Mary Magdalene, Apostle to the Apostles with Leanne Spacek
March 11-17, 2018
The Prairie (Wheatland, IA):


Imagining Justice: A Learning Lab for Leaders and Justice Providers
Sponsored by LCWR
March 12-15, 2018
Redemptorist Renewal Center (Tucson, AZ)


Lenten Reflections with Fr. James Martin, SJ
March 22-23, 2018  (7pm)
Holy Name Cathedral (Chicago)


From Promise to Resurrection: Walking with Jesus Through His Passion 
Men’s silent retreat with Fr. David Shields sponsored by Mayslake Ministries
March 23-25, 2018
Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House (Barrington, IL)


2nd Biennial Conference on Human Formation: Intercultural Competencies
April 15-18, 2018
St. Meinrad Archabbey (St. Meinrad, IN):


Maryknoll Mission Institute
5-day weekly programs: May 6-July 27, 2018
Maryknoll, NY:


Religious Life: A Spring of Water Welling Up to Eternal Life with Fr. Donald Willard, CSsR
5-Day Preached Retreats for Women Religious and Associates
May 29-June 3; June 11-16; July 9-16, 2018
Redemptorist Retreat Center (Oconomowoc, WI):


ForMission (RFC’s 2-year training program for women and men preparing to serve and/or serving in the ministry of formation)
May 31-June 8, 2018  (Application deadline: April 12, 2018
Catholic Theological Union (Chicago, IL):


Directed Retreat
June 17-22, 2018
Chiara Center (Springfield, IL)


Envisioning the Future of Catholic Religious Archives: A Working Conference
July 11-13, 2018
Boston College:
For further information, contact Michael Burns:


Life Commitment Program: Serving women and men discerning  or preparing for perpetual profession of vows
July 16-24, 2018
Marillac Center (Leavenworth, KS)


Spiritual Direction 2-Year Internship Program
Begins September 2018  (Application deadline: June 1, 2018)
Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House (Barrington, IL):


Orientation to Formation: An orientation for understanding and approaching the ministry of formation for those who are preparing for, serving or overseeing a congregation” formation process.
October 12-14, 2018
Catholic Theological Union (Chicago, IL):