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2-Night Retreat: At Arm’s Length – Why We Keep God Distant

October 2, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - October 4, 2020 @ 12:00 pm



Our God is a loving and merciful God. However, for a variety of reasons, and in a variety of ways, we often keep God at a distance; often for reasons that are fallacious. This retreat reviews such reasoning and extends the encouragement to welcome and receive God, the One who loves us more than we can presently appreciate or imagine. Allowing God to come close, makes possible a depth of relationship with God that both humbles and heartens; a relationship that enables a uniquely rich discovery of one’s authentic self.


This is a silent retreat. Guests are expected to maintain a sacred silence throughout the retreat, including at meals, unless otherwise noted.


Rev. Joseph E. Lingan, SJ was raised in Alexandria, Va., attended Gonzaga College High School and Virginia Tech, earning a degree in Public Administration. Following his graduation, he entered the Society of Jesus in 1979. He pronounced his first vows in 1981, and continued his studies at Creighton University, St. Louis University, Weston School of Theology and Boston College. Ordained to the priesthood in 1990, he has served in the ministries of Secondary Education, Higher Education, Spiritual Formation and Vocational Development. His ministry has included serving as Rector/President of St. Michael’s Institute (Spokane, WA), Executive Assistant to the Provincial of the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus (Baltimore, MD), Rector at Loyola Blakefield (Baltimore, MD), Novice Master for the Maryland, New England, and New York Provinces of the Society of Jesus (Syracuse, NY), and President of Gonzaga College High School (Washington, DC). In June of 2018, he completed a seven-year term as Rector of the Jesuit Community at Georgetown University (Washington, DC). In addition to these positions, Fr. Lingan has served as a member of several Boards of Directors.


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October 2, 2020 @ 6:00 pm
October 4, 2020 @ 12:00 pm
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Ignatius House
6700 Riverside Dr NW
Atlanta, GA 30328 United States