Contemplative Retreat for Deacon Directors & Formators

Institute for Diaconate Renewal

July 9-13, 2023

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Be refreshed and renewed in your ministry of diaconal formation. This retreat with the Institute for Diaconate Renewal at Franciscan University of Steubenville will give you an opportunity to join fellow deacon directors as you step away from the busyness of life and spend intentional time with Jesus Christ.


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Cost for this 4-day retreat is $750

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Retreat Director

Deacon James Keating

Deacon Keating is a professor of spiritual theology (Kenrick Glennon Seminary, St Louis, MO). He served as director of Theological Formation for the Institute for Priestly Formation (Creighton University). He is a leading voice calling for clerical formation rooted in spiritual/human formative integration. He has shared his vision for renewal in hundreds of publications and workshops in major seminaries, liturgical institutes, clergy formation, and retreat centers across the United States and in Rome.

Why Four Days, Silent, Directed?

Four Days

  • to decompress, enter a deeper self-awareness,
  • to distinguish between God’s thoughts, our own, and those of the adversary,
  • to track affective movements,
  • to know and experience Christ the Servant’s heart, the source of Trinitarian love.


  • to get comfortable with listening to our hearts and recognize God’s heart,
  • to hear God’s wordless message,
  • to let his presence and love touch us,
  • to let go of our interior noise, to allow God to embrace our hearts.


  • orientation provided for silent prayer, interior listening,
  • Mass, liturgical and private prayer, adoration, confession,
  • two brief orientation sessions per day (morning, afternoon),
  • two spiritual direction meetings,
  • evening sessions to share the fruits,
  • private and communal lectio divina,
  • plus time for rest, relaxation, exercise, spiritual reading.

To contact us, schedule a consultation, or learn more about the Institute for Diaconate Renewal

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Location & Amenities

Check-in: Sunday, July 9; 6:00 p.m.; at St. Junipero Serra Hall

Private room with A/C

Places of solitude and outdoor Stations of the Cross

Multiple chapels for prayer

Three meals and beverage service daily

Free airport shuttle upon request

Other Events

July 9, 2023

St. Ephrem Lecture

Participate in a conversation with Dcn. David Fagerberg on "The Interior Life of the Deacon and Those to Whom He Ministers."

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