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Retreat Center Events January/February 2022

Moving Towards God with St. Ignatius of Loyola

Immaculate Heart Retreat Center welcomes back Father Michael Maher, SJ, who will be leading a silent Ignatian weekend retreat titled “Moving Towards God with St. Ignatius of Loyola'' on Feb. 4-6. The retreat will begin on Friday at 6 p.m. and conclude on Sunday at 1 p.m. Moving towards God in our daily life frequently presents several challenges. St. Ignatius noted that we all have desires to deepen our spiritual life, but, at times, the means to this goal can seem evasive or confusing. During this retreat, we will examine the ways St. Ignatius suggested to help men and women move toward the Lord in daily life. Cost for individuals is $235, couples $380 (includes lodging and five meals). Cost for commuters $145. Please register by calling 509.448.1224, ext.100 or visit

Father Maher was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wis. He entered the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) in 1975. Father Maher followed a typical course of Jesuit formation that included humanities, philosophy and theology, interspersed with various teaching assignments, including teaching grade 7-8 science to Native Americans in Pine Ridge, S.D.; English at Sogong University in South Korea; religion to boys in Omaha, Neb. and service at Marquette University and Saint Louis University.

A few years after ordination, he began doctoral studies at the University of Minnesota, majoring in early modern European history, with additional studies in Chinese history. Father Maher has co-edited a book on confraternities and written several articles and book chapters dealing with the implementation and influence of Jesuit practices on various groups. In recognition of his scholarship, Father Kolvenbach, then superior general of the Jesuits, appointed Father Maher to the Jesuit Historical Institute. Father Maher holds this membership and held former positions as associate professor of history at Gonzaga University and chair of the Department of History and the director of Catholic studies.

Father Maher now teaches and resides at Marquette University.

Silent Ignatian Weekend Retreat

“Moving Towards God with St. Ignatius of Loyola”

  • Feb. 4-6, 2022. Begins at 6 p.m. and concludes at 1 p.m.
  • Father Michael Maher, SJ
  • Individuals $235, couples $380 (includes lodging and five meals), commuters $145.
  • Please register by calling 448.1224, ext.100 or visit

Silent Day of Prayer

“Wondrous Encounters — A Journey Through Lent”

  • Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • Sister Sharon Bongiorno, FSPA
  • $45 per person, $55 with use of a room for the day. This day of prayer is silent.
  • Please register by calling 448.1224, ext.100 or visit

Private retreats are always available:

Ignatian, spiritual or self-directed retreats

  • Spiritual direction is available
  • For periods of one to five days, $117 per day (includes three meals and one night's lodging)
  • Eight-day or 30-day retreat' rates depend on length of stay
  • Please register by calling 448.1224, ext.100 or visit

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Women’s & men’s Holy Week silent retreats

  • April 11-13 (w) and April 14-16 (m), 2022
  • Father Jeff Puthoff, SJ
  • $261 per person (includes lodging and six meals).

Daily virtual retreats

  • Deacon John Ruscheinsky’s daily virtual retreats

Immaculate Heart is following CDC and the Washington Health Department’s COVID-19 guidelines to maintain a sanitized and safe environment for our retreatants and guests. All formerly occupied bedrooms are completely sanitized before each check in. Your peace of mind and safety are our top concern as you journey with God on our spiritual grounds.

Please visit or call 509.448.1224 to register for all programs.

Participate Online

Participate in one of our daily virtual retreats with Deacon John Ruscheinsky at or