Online Busy Person's Retreat

Make room for God IN the busyness of life
2021 Dates TBD!

You are not alone.

With uprooted plans, new worries, and so many changes, what are you longing for? Do you struggle to make time for prayer now due a change in your daily routine ? Are you seeking a deeper connection to God or searching for clarification, direction, or meaning to the suffering around us? Perhaps you tried to make a retreat in the past but didn’t have the time to get away. What if you could make a private retreat with an Ignatian-trained spiritual director to accompany you without having to leave your home? The Online Busy Person’s Retreat gives you that opportunity!

MEET WITH GOD IN THE BUSYNESS OF LIFE

Use practical tools and insights to slow down and create space to deepen your relationship with God.

TAKE YOUR PRAYER LIFE TO A NEW LEVEL

Learn prayer tools and principles to build and enrich your prayer life, whether it’s currently thriving, nonexistent, or anywhere in between.  

CLARIFY YOUR CALLS

Engage with St. Ignatius’ discernment wisdom with the help of a spiritual director to clarify your next steps and discern God’s invitations for you. 

Upcoming Retreats:

September 21-24

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 Valluzzo

Talking about time for silence and solitude is common but few put it into practice.
I jumped at the chance to experience a “busy person’s retreat.” Best of all, I did not have to travel and the cost was a bargain for what I experienced. I recommend the experience without reservation. Perfect for a businessman like me.
Jody Humber, PhD

Meet with God and deepen your relationship in the busyness of life

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4 DAYS OF ONE HOUR PERSONAL MEETINGS WITH AN IGNATIAN-TRAINED  SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR

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Daily scriptures and reflections to guide you in your prayer time

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Customized support accompanying you as you listen, notice and respond to God

Motherhood was a new season I entered very suddenly. At the same time,  our family was grieving the terminal diagnosis of a parent, and my sense of call was shifting under my feet. The need was urgent to make my annual silent retreat, but I thought it might be impossible. Being able to make a guided retreat in my own home and hometown was the solution I didn’t know I was praying for. Because of the impact, I’ve started making the retreat as often as it’s offered, meaning I’m able to make retreat more often than before, even in one of the fuller seasons of my life so far. Being able to tend to my soul’s needs, discern the changes in my call and ministry, and most of all hear God’s voice in the midst of great joy, deep grief, and the learning curve of new parenthood has been such gift and grace.

Jenn Giles Kemper

Meet Your Spiritual Directors for the Online Busy Person’s Retreat
Sr. Ily Ferndandez, CSJ

Sr. Ily Ferndandez, CSJ

Spiritual Director

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.

 

FAYE COORPENDER

FAYE COORPENDER

Spiritual Director

Faye Coorpender is a Spiritual Director at the St. Joseph Spirituality Center in Baton Rouge, LA. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English and a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Florida, and a certificate in Spiritual Direction from the Archdiocese of New Orleans. She is a retired high school teacher of English Literature and Theology, and has worked for many years in youth ministry, RCIA, and Faith Formation. Faye says that the personal fulfillment that she received in on-going Spiritual Direction inspired her to become a spiritual director and she considers the privilege of accompanying others on their spiritual journeys to be one of the greatest blessings in her life. Faye and her husband, Bill, have three adult children and six grandchildren.
Stephanie Clouatre Davis

Stephanie Clouatre Davis

Spiritual Director

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.

WENDY ENLOE

WENDY ENLOE

Spiritual Director

Wendy Enloe is a spiritual director and the Director of Adult Faith Formation at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, a growing parish in south Louisiana.  As an instructor for the Archdiocesan Spirituality Center Spiritual Direction Internship program in New Orleans and for the Diocese of Baton Rouge Ministry and Theology Certification program Wendy shares her passion for spiritual direction,  spirituality, and prayer with adults in formation. Wendy holds a Master of Religious Education from Loyola’s Institute for Ministry in New Orleans, a Certificate in Spiritual Direction from the Archdiocesan Spirituality Center in New Orleans, and a graduate Certificate in Spiritual Direction from Creighton University.

Melinda LeBlanc

Melinda LeBlanc

Spiritual Director

Melinda is an Ignatian-trained Spiritual Director who is passionate about helping others deepen their relationship with God through individual direction, group faith sharing, and retreats. She received her certification in Spiritual Direction from the Archdiocesan Spirituality Center in New Orleans in 2012. She also holds a Masters of Pastoral Studies degree from Loyola University. Most recently, she served as spiritual director and campus minister at Christ the King parish at LSU, and was on staff at the St. Joseph Spirituality Center. She also serves in the Women of the Well ministry and is currently on the board of the Louisiana Association of Spiritual Directors. She and her husband Darrel live in Baton Rouge and enjoy birdwatching and fishing.

Fr. Brent Otto, S.J.

Fr. Brent Otto, S.J.

Spiritual Director

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.

Mike Hayes

Mike Hayes

Spiritual Director

Mike Hayes is a freelance digital media producer and media minister.  He’s worked with young people throughout his career as a campus ministry director and in young adult ministry.  He’s a long time lay minister and is presently in formation for the Diaconate.  He is also the founder of BustedHalo.com and 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) with his colleagues Becky Eldredge and Beth Knobbe. Mike has been happily married to Marion since 2002, and the couple live in the Buffalo suburbs with their chihuahua, Haze.

Sr. Lisa Buscher, RSCJ

Sr. Lisa Buscher, RSCJ

Spiritual Director

Sr. Lisa Buscher, RSCJ is a Religious of the Sacred Heart of Jesus who has ministered for over 25 years with young people. She currently serves as the program director of Contemplative Leaders in Action for the Office Of Ignatian Spirituality. Her passion for sharing the contemplative dimensions of lived spiritual experience inspires her to explore integrated ways of leading in an ever-changing world. Sr. Lisa is a spiritual director, trained at Jesuit School of Theology and holds an MA/Mdiv from Catholic Theological in Chicago.
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 PARTICIPANTS PICKED AN ONLINE RETREAT VS 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!”
  • “Caring for my sick loved one left me unable to make a retreat away from home.”
  • “The convenience, timing, content, and the spiritual directors!”

Upcoming Retreats:

September 21-24

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