Are people still interested in traditional retreats?

fall-2015-16By Fr. Chris Manahan, SJ      Special to the Compass

When his young son began a regular practice of wandering into the nearby woods, the father began to worry.  One day he shared his concern with his son: “I have noticed that each afternoon you wander off into the woods.  What do you do in such a dangerous place?”

The boy said…

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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 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

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