2-Night Retreat: Dating and Discernment
January 31 @ 6:00 pm - February 2 @ 12:00 pm$295
Directed by Sarah Otto, M.Div. and Andy Otto, MATM
Jesuit Anthony de Mello says that love is unselfconscious and free, yet all of us struggle in this journey of love at every stage of our relationship. How do we make a decision to love? Or even spend our lives with one person? A true love-relationship should help each person be more the person God made them to be. Whether you are dating, engaged, or single, we invite you to spend time reflecting on your belovedness in the context of an infinitely loving God. This retreat will be working out of the spirituality and discernment tradition of St. Ignatius of Loyola.
This is a silent retreat. Retreatants are expected to maintain a sacred silence throughout the retreat, including at meals, unless otherwise noted.
Sarah Otto serves on the Pastoral Team at Ignatius House. She studied theology as both an undergrad and graduate student, receiving her Master of Divinity from Boston College. Her passion has focused on the intersection of faith and justice, which led her to study in El Salvador. Sarah spent a year in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, serving men and women experiencing homelessness in Portland, OR. Sarah has worked as a hospital and prison chaplain and most recently worked in college campus ministry for five years, both at Providence College and as director of a Newman Catholic Center in Chico, CA. As a young mom, Sarah is particularly passionate about ministering to women and families but continues to enjoy helping people discern how to live a faith that does justice, as well as discovering the unique and creative ways God works in everyone.
Andy Otto is on the Pastoral Team at Ignatius House and also works in Adult Faith Formation at St Thomas More Church in Decatur, GA, a Jesuit parish. He holds an M.A. in Theology and Ministry from Boston College. Originally from Boston, Andy spent nearly three years as a Jesuit studying for the priesthood, which helped form his love for Ignatian spirituality. During that time he taught primary school students in Syracuse, NY and Kingston, Jamaica, worked at a palliative care cancer hospital in the Bronx, and was a chaplain at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC. He is the creator of GodInAllThings.com, and is the author of God Moments: Unexpected Encounters in the Ordinary. Andy enjoys helping people discover the wisdom of discernment in the Ignatian tradition.