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The Loyola Institute for Ministry announces a series of retreats with a creation-centered focus. They are based on videos and other materials associated with Thomas Berry, a Catholic priest of the Passionist order, cultural historian, and "eco-theologian." LIM Professor Emerita Kathleen O'Gorman  collected these materials during Thomas Berry's many visits to Loyola, and LIM graduates, faculty, and staff have developed the first retreat entitled "A Mutually-Enhancing Relationship with the Natural World," which is available in English and Spanish.   

The retreats are designed to last approximately 90 minutes, but, with extended times for reflection, journaling, discussion, and exercises, they can be extended beyond 90 minutes.  Below is a sample retreat outline. 

The second retreat in the series will be held on March 7, 2020 in Loyola's Ignatius Chapel.  It is entitled "In Communion with Creation...Who We Are." To RSVP, Go»

This is the second retreat in the series. The first retreat, "A Mutually-Enhancing Relationship with the Natural World," was held in November 2019. 

Below is a sample retreat outline:

  • Introduction to the Retreat
  • Participant Introductions
  • Opening Prayer
  • Introduction to the Video Clips with selected readings from Thomas Berry.
  • Video clip #1 from “The Church in the 21st Century”
  • Silent Reflection
  • Guided Discussion
  • Video clip #2 from “The Emergent Universe”
  • Silent Reflection
  • Guided Discussion
  • Implications of the retreat theme "A Mutually Enhancing Relationship with the Natural World"
  • Guided Discussion
  • Closing Prayer  

If you are a LIM student or graduate who would like to host the retreat between now and Easter 2020, please complete this survey

Thomas Berry: Life, Work, and Legacy

Read Dr. Kathleen O'Gorman's reflections on Thomas Berry GO»

In His Own Words

Watch this video of Thomas Berry to learn more about his understanding of personal spirituality and fulfillment.


Learn about The Thomas Berry Project at the Loyola Institute for Ministry GO»