News Detail
Fr. James Conroy speaks to retreatants.
Jesuit Retreat Helps Veterans Reflect on God’s Presence

July 20, 2017 — Over Independence Day weekend, a group of U.S. veterans gathered at the White House Jesuit Retreat in St. Louis to reflect on God’s presence throughout their military experience.

The second annual Veterans White House Jesuit Retreat helped participants focus on their military service and how God was with them and continues to be with them. The weekend delved in to the trauma created by PTSD and the guilt and shame that can accompany military experience.

This unique retreat was prompted by Pope Francis’ call in October 2015 to nourish the ethical and spiritual dimensions of military personnel and their families. The pope said that we as a community must teach them prayer as a way of dealing with their new reality.

The retreat was led by Jesuit Father Jim Conroy, co-founder of the Ignatian Volunteer Corps, rector at Wheeling Jesuit University and a Vietnam veteran. The weekend consisted of a series of talks by Fr. Conroy, followed by small breakout sessions and quiet reflection. The veterans had the chance to listen to other veterans’ stories and came together through sharing their experiences.

"I have great empathy for men and women who have been in the military, in some cases having experienced horrible things," said Fr. Conroy, who also led the inaugural veterans retreat last year. "It's a complicated life.

"Military service can be a time that is pretty dreadful but it also can be a time that's pretty beautiful. You've got to be able to find God in places that are real hard but in places that are also real beautiful.”

[Sources: White House Jesuit RetreatABC St. Louis, St. Louis Review]





Recent News

August 21, 2017 — If Fr. Charles Marie Charroppin, SJ, were alive for today's solar eclipse, he'd be having a party.

August 18, 2017 — Today is the feast day of Saint Alberto Hurtado, a Chilean Jesuit priest known for his engagement with Chilean culture and his work with young adults and the poor.

August 16, 2017 — The grave of Jesuit philosopher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin is located at the Culinary Institute of America, formerly a novitiate of the Society.

August 15, 2017 — Today marks the centennial of the birth of Blessed Oscar Romero, the archbishop of San Salvador who was assassinated for speaking out on behalf of the poor and oppressed in El Salvador

August 14, 2017 — A group of Jesuits and Indigenous people embarked on a 500-mile canoe pilgrimage in July to promote reconciliation in Canada.

Aug. 14, 2017 — An astronomer, Br. Consolmagno views the eclipse as an opportunity for millions of people to step back from everyday concerns and appreciate the universe.

August 11, 2017 — Volunteers have finished their summer orientation in St. Louis and have begun settling in to the Jesuit schools where they will serve.

view all news

Search news

Publications
Since St. Ignatius bought a printing press in 1556, the Jesuits have been involved in communications. Today the Society of Jesus publishes a number of award-winning journals and publications. Click below to access our latest issues.

America 8/21/17

America 8/7/17

America 7/24/17



Jesuit Retreat House on Lake Winnebago
Located 80 miles north of Milwaukee, the Jesuit Retreat House on Lake Winnebago welcomes men and women of all faiths to its silent preached and directed retreats.