A Lesson About Welcoming Strangers


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JRH Assistant Director Fr. Jack Treloar, SJ, serves as guest columnist for the Green Bay Diocese’s Compass publication.   Check out his latest offering from January 5, 2017:

Often parents must move during a school year; this necessitates that younger children enroll at a new school. When Jimmy or Sally come to class, the teacher will introduce the child, welcoming the newcomer to the learning community. The other students will have various reactions to this new arrival. Although Jimmy is a stranger, some students will welcome him as one of their own. Because Sally is new, some students will be fearful of her and how she might change their classroom. Some students might even be hostile and actively make life miserable for the new student…

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Retreat Director for Mar. 9-12, 2017 Men’s Retreat is Announced


Fr. Francisco Mota, SJ

Fr. Francisco Mota is a Portuguese Jesuit. He was ordained a priest in July 2016 and currently lives in Boston, where he is completing a degree in Moral Theology. Prior to Boston, Fr. Francisco lived in London, Mozambique, Oxford, and all over Portugal. He is both a keen reader and a moderate chatterer. In his days of glory, Fr. Francisco was a mildly accomplished soccer player.  Today, Fr. Francisco is focused on leading people to understand how God can be a thrilling part of their daily lives.

This marks the 2nd year the Jesuit Retreat House is partnering with Boston College School of Theology and Ministry to provide a place for young Jesuits to begin directing retreats, and we hope each year to host one of these young men as they prepare themselves for this ministry and ensure Jesuits are available to serve retreatants in the future.

There are openings available for this retreat! 

Register online HERE or call Trish (JRH Registrar) at 920-231-9060.

Good Life Brings Healing Rays

Jack Treloar update.jpgJRH Assistant Director Fr. Jack Treloar, SJ, serves as guest columnist for the Green Bay Diocese’s Compass publication.   Check out his latest offering from November 10, 2016:

“As we approach the end of the church year, the readings at the Eucharist confront us with some difficult considerations of the four last things: heaven, hell, death and judgment. We usually shy away from these topics because we are afraid that we will be found wanting in the sight of the Lord.”

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The good life brings healing rays

Advent Reflections


Dig deeper in your daily prayer! JRH Associate Director Sr. Susan Kusz, SND offers a reflection on Monday’s Gospel on jesuitprayer.org. She will be writing for each Monday during Advent and Christmas. You can search by date (November 28, December 5, 12, 19, 26, 2016 and January 2, 2017), sign up for a daily email or download the free app on jesuitprayer.org.

You can view Sr. Susan’s first reflection here:

November 28, 2016


Pray With Us – Laudato Si Week


Laudato Si Week is an international celebration of the one year anniversary of Pope Francis’ landmark encyclical Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home, released on June 18, 2015. This week (June 12-19) is a time to reflect on the encyclical’s message and relevance, as well as an opportunity to take action to bring it to life. Sr. Susan Kusz from the JRH staff is one of 500 Laudato Si Animators who are working to raise consciousness globally. She has written night prayers for the June 15-24 retreatants during Laudato Si Week. We would like to share those prayers with you (see below) for June 16, 17, and 19. Please join us and the global Catholic community as we praise God for the gift of creation and pledge to care for our common home so that all might have life and have it in abundance!


Prayer for Thursday night, June 16, 2016

Prayer for Friday night, June 17, 2016

Prayer for Sunday night, June 19, 2016

Important Update to 2016 Retreat Schedule

We have had Retreat Director changes on (4) retreats that will be taking place later this year.  Please read below for more information on the UPDATED Retreat Director, dates and number of openings available for each retreat.

To register, call Trish (JRH Registrar) at 920-231-9060 or register online here.  A credit card is required for deposit.

#122 Women 12-Step
August 18-21, 2016
Director: Sr. Lorna Hays, IBVM Lorna Hays IBVM
Openings Available: 30
Sr. Lorna Hays, IBVM, is a religious of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary and currently serves as the Director of Loretto House, a transitional home for women who are survivors of domestic violence and/or substance use disorders.  Her previous 30 years of ministry has been with an Agency as a social worker, with addictions and domestic violence as her primary focus.  Her sobriety date is October 20, 1973.  Sr. Lorna has been directing 12 Step Spirituality/ Serenity retreats for recovering persons over the last 32 years.
#039 Men
September 15-18, 2016
Original Director Roc O’Connor will be replaced by:
Director: Fr. Chris Manahan, SJ
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Fr. Chris Manahan, SJ became director of the Jesuit Retreat House on January 1, 2015.  He entered the Society of Jesus in 1993 at the age of 37, after a 15-year career as a newspaper reporter and editor in Albert Lea, Minnesota, and Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Fr. Chris was inspired to consider religious life because of his older brother Tom’s experience as a Jesuit. He was at JRH from January to May 1995, learning from Fr. Dick McCaslin, S.J., and Sr. Marie Schwan, CSJ, early in his Jesuit formation.  Prior to coming to Oshkosh, Fr. Chris spent 8 years at the Jesuit Novitiate in Saint Paul, MN, working with young men preparing to make vows in the Society of Jesus.
#040 Women
September 22-25, 2016
Original Director Patti Clement will be replaced by:
Director: Fr. Jack Treloar, SJ
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Father Jack Treloar, S.J. entered the Society of Jesus in 1957 at the novitiate in Florissant, Missouri. He taught high school in St. Louis and was ordained in 1970 by Most Reverend James V. Casey in Denver Co. Fr. Jack has earned advanced degrees in Philosophy and Dogmatic/Systemic Theology from St. Louis University and a doctorate from Michigan State University. Over the next fifty-five years, as a professor, scholar, lecturer, author and academic administrator, Fr. Jack’s ministry has taken him back to St. Louis University and Marquette University (Milwaukee, WI), to the Jesuit School of Theology (Berkeley, CA) and to the offices of the Wisconsin Province of the Society of Jesus. His special fields of interest are the history of medieval philosophy and the philosophy of Kant.  Fr. Jack is currently on staff at the Jesuit Retreat House.
#041 Women
October 6-9, 2016
Original Director Carol Ackels will be replaced by:
Director: Fr. Anthony Borrow, SJ
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Fr. Anthony Borrow, SJ joined the Jesuits in 1998 and has enjoyed many opportunities to learn about the Society of Jesus, the Church, and the world. He has a special interest in sharing the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius Loyola.  Fr. Anthony has written a series of reflections based on the Spiritual Exercises called Toward Greater Freedom which aims to help people foster a personal relationship with Jesus.  For more information on Fr. Anthony, please visit http://arborrow.org/

When Ed Met Bill: A Jesuit/AA Connection

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Fr. James Harbaugh, SJ writes: “Dowling told Wilson the 12 Steps had a lot in common with the Spiritual Exercises. Each employs spiritual principles that help practitioners gain freedom from what Ignatius of Loyola called “inordinate attachments,” and which AA calls “alcoholism.”  To read the entire article, click below:

 When Ed Met Bill A Jesuit/AA Connection

Jesuits Central and Southern   Fall 2015    Reprinted with permission.