Online Busy Person’s Retreats

If your life feels busy and full, you’re not alone. Do you struggle to make time for prayer in your daily life? Perhaps you’ve tried to make a retreat in the past but didn’t have the time to get away. What if you could make a retreat without having to leave your home or office? The Online Busy Person’s Retreat gives you that opportunity!

What is a Busy Person’s Retreat?

A Busy Person’s Retreat is a time of focused prayer and spiritual direction. It is perfect for people who cannot take a whole weekend away for a retreat and for people who are interested in working one on one with someone for a short time to grow in their spiritual life. It can be done within the busyness of life.

In St. Ignatius’ 18th annotation in the Spiritual Exercises, he says, “The Spiritual Exercises must be adapted to the condition of the one who is to engage them.” The Online Busy Person’s Retreat takes this wisdom to heart. This type of retreat is modeled after Ignatian weeks of directed prayer that are offered to busy people at parishes, schools, and college campuses. The Online Busy Person’s Retreat gives the participant an opportunity to make a retreat in the middle of daily life using video chat as the medium to meet your spiritual director.

What makes up the Online Busy Person’s Retreat?

A Busy Person’s Retreat has two components:

  • Spiritual Direction: Each day includes a 45-60 minute one-on-one spiritual direction session using video conference, with one of our several spiritual directors.
  • Daily Prayer Time: Each day includes 30 minutes of daily prayer using the material offered by your spiritual director during your spiritual direction session.

Why past participants picked an online retreat versus an in-person retreat?

  • “I have time restraints that make it hard to attend a full weekend retreat.” 
  • “I do not have a local spiritual director available to me.”
  • As a parent, it is hard to take extended time away from my family to attend an in-person retreat. “
  • “An online retreat was much easier to fit into my schedule!”
  • “The convenience, timing, content, and the spiritual directors!”

Feedback from past participants:

“The Online Busy Person’s Retreat is Ignatian spirituality at its best.  Where else would God most want to meet us than right where we are… at home!  All God asked of me was to make myself available for one hour, four days in a row.   Each morning was a gift of cura personalis.”~Patti

“The online busy persons retreat changed my life! As a mother, I am always taking care of my family and often overlook myself. I knew I wanted to give God more of time….I created habits during the retreat week that strengthen my relationship with God.” ~Rebecca

I was very anxious about the Online Busy Persons retreat. I had never done anything like this before, so I didn’t know what to expect. My spiritual director was calming and easy to talk to my spiritual director. All my fears and anxieties just melted.  She helped me put in to words what my heart was already telling me and what Jesus was guiding me towards.” ~Maradith

The Online Busy Person Retreat was exactly what I needed to kickstart my prayer life. With a full life as a wife, mother and teacher, it was difficult to find the time to devote to prayer. My spiritual director acknowledged the busyness of my life and guided me  into carving time within any schedule!”~Katy

Upcoming Retreats:

January 22-25, 2018: Registration is open!

April 23-26, 2018:  Registration opens in February!

Naming the Graces:

“I have a deeper trust, a deeper surrender, and grace to hear God’s voice of approval over my life.

“I have a better understanding of myself, my gifts, and my spirituality.”

“I am able to stop and listen for God and to focus on God’s work.”

“I am sending more time in prayer. I am spending more time listening in prayer. It has been a gift in my marriage. “

Meet your Spiritual Directors

Becky Eldredge

Becky is an Ignatian-trained spiritual director, retreat facilitator, and writer.  She is the author of the book Busy Lives and Restless Souls, published in March 2017 by Loyola Press. She helps others create space to connect faith and everyday life through facilitating retreats and days of reflection, through writing, and through spiritual direction.

With nearly twenty years of ministry experience within the Catholic Church, Becky seeks to help others discover God at work in the every day moments of people’s lives by utilizing St. Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises and the many gifts that our Catholic faith and Ignatian Spirituality provide.

Mike Hayes

Mike Hayes is the Director of Campus Ministry at Canisius College and the founder of  He is the author of two books: Googling God (Paulist, 2007) and Loving Work (Orbis, 2014). He served as the principal editor for and co-wrote The World Youth Day Retreat Guide (USCCB, 2016 & 2017).  Mike has been happily married to Marion since 2002, and the couple live in the Buffalo suburbs with their chihuahua, Haze.

Sr. Ily Fernandez, CSJ

Sr. Ily is a spiritual director, educator, and serves as the contact person for vocations as a sister of the Congregation of St. Joseph.  She became a sister during her junior year of college, after being born and raised in Havana, Cuba.  She has been involved in ministry to people across all walks of life, serving as a high school teacher, campus minister, parish minister and vocations director.  She is an Ignatian-trained spiritual director.

Sr. Ily finds God in all things, especially in nature, and the ocean is her greatest attraction.  She loves people and discover’s God’s reflection in all of humanity.  She enjoys accompanying others in their journey of faith and finds God’s spirit in those moments.

Andy Otto

Andy Otto is a writer, spiritual director, and minister who works in faith formation at St Thomas More Church in Decatur, GA and Ignatius House in Atlanta, GA. After spending nearly three years in Jesuit formation Andy left the Society of Jesus and earned a Masters in Theology and Ministry at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. He has worked in high school ministry, hospital chaplaincy, and for CatholicTV in the Boston area, where he is originally from. Andy is the creator of and has recently published a book through Ave Maria Press called God Moments: Unexpected Encounters in the Ordinary. He ministers with his wife Sarah (and their daughter Eva) in Atlanta.

Stephanie Clouatre Davis

Stephanie Clouatre Davis graduated from Loyola University New Orleans. Stephanie speaks to adults and teens around the nation at parishes, high schools, and dioceses in various venues including retreats and conferences.  With humor, joy and stories, Stephanie not only fully engages her audiences, but also inspires them to challenge themselves and build a stronger relationship with God. She lives in Covington, Louisiana with her husband Michael and two girls Emma and Abby.

Fr. Brent Otto, SJ

Brent joined the Jesuits in 2004 after a lengthy sojourn in India and a few years as a high school history teacher. New England will always be home, though he leaves a piece of his heart in every place he’s lived—Calcutta, NYC, London, Berkeley, and Atlanta. He studied theology at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, CA and was ordained a priest in 2015. His day-job presently is as a PhD student in South Asian (Indian) History at UC Berkeley. Grounded in Ignatian spirituality, Fr. Brent’s passion lies in the ministries of individual spiritual direction and giving retreats. He enjoys ministering at two parishes and a Catholic school in the Oakland diocese.

Upcoming Online Busy Person’s Retreats

January 22-25, 2018:

  • Directors: Becky Eldredge, Stephanie Clouatre Davis, Mike Hayes, Andy Otto, Fr. Brent Otto SJ, and Sr. Ily Fernandez CSJ
  • Register NOW by clicking here!

April 23-26, 2018:

  • Directors: Becky Eldredge, Stephanie Clouatre Davis, Mike Hayes, Andy Otto, and Sr. Ily Fernandez CSJ
  • Registration will open 2 months prior to the retreat.

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