Lent at Bellarmine: Spend Time with Christ

Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House

Dear Friend of Bellarmine,

Pope Francis describes Lent as "a time for believing, for welcoming God into our lives and allowing Him to 'make his dwelling' among us." During Lent, the Pope encourages us to "pause, see, and return to the tenderness of God."

We invite you to ponder God's tenderness while on a Lenten retreat or at a Lenten day or evening program at Bellarmine, where you can enjoy a quiet atmosphere of sacred silence and engage in peaceful prayer and quiet reflection.

Information about our Lenten retreats and programs is listed below. We hope you will join us during Lent as we focus on greater intimacy and union with Christ.


The Bellarmine Team

March 2, 2022
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

A Day of Reflection for Men & Women

Fr. Doug Leonhardt, SJ

We will look at Jesus in the desert as an example for our Lenten journey. Then we will look at the way Jesus quenches our deepest thirst, opens our inner eyes to His presence, and unbinds us and sets us free. Ashes will be distributed at this service.

What a Friend We Have in Jesus: Getting to Know Jesus on our Lenten Journey


Together with Jesus on His Journey of Salvation


March 29, 2022
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

A Day of Reflection for Men & Women

Sr. Wendy Cotter, CSJ, PhD

As we approach Passion Sunday, and the Holy Triduum, please join us for this day of prayer, when guided by St. Luke’s gospel, we will accompany Jesus in his passion, death and resurrection, his salvific gift of life, and his world embracing message of love, peace, and unity.

April 12, 2022
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

An Evening of Reflection for Women

Erin Maiorca

Come join us this Tuesday of Holy Week to walk the Way of the Cross alongside Mary, the Mother of God, who remained compassionate and faithful to God even at the foot of the cross. The evening includes a simple Lenten dinner, reflection and Stations of the Cross.

The Way of the Cross through Mary's Eyes

Mary's eyes

Free Lenten Virtual Book Clubs with Fr. Roc O'Connor, SJ

Men's Lenten Book Club

Henri Nouwen's The Return of the Prodigal Son

March 3-24, 2022


7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

Women's Lenten Book Club

Fr. Roc O'Connor, SJ's In the Midst of our Storms: A Deeper Exploration

March 7-28, 2022


7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

Lord our God,

You formed us from the clay of the earth, and breathed into us the spirit of life, but we turned from your face and sinned.

Through our observance of Lent, help us to understand the meaning of your Son's death and resurrection, and teach us to reflect it in our lives.

In this time of repentance, we call out for your mercy. Bring us back to you and to the life your Son won for us by his death on the cross, for he lives and reigns forever and ever.


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