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Virtual Retreats

When the coronavirus pandemic sent much of the world into lockdown, suspending in-person mass and other religious engagements, many of us had to adopt a more monastic lifestyle—and seek online spiritual resources. Whether you’re not quite ready to return to in-person retreats, looking for a reflective space amid a busy schedule or just trying this form of prayer for the first time, online retreats offer an accessible way to step back and reflect for a few hours, a day, or even weeks. These virtual opportunities are designed to help you pray no matter where you find yourself this summer.

"Hey Church - Deal Me In!"

Aired: April 4th to 9th, 2022

Join us on a 6-day retreat of reflection and prayer on your relationship with Church.

Father Robert Foliot, SJ will be your guide as you engage in private prayer with Scripture, with the words of Pope Francis and with song, on your own time in the comfort of your own home. Come and see what cards God wants to deal you now.

Registration is by donation via the button below or calling our Programmes Office at 705-526-3788, Ext. 250. After registering, you will receive a special URL link to the retreat page that you will visit to participate.

"Hey Church - Deal Me In!" is a retreat offered virtually, from the comfort of your home. Registrants will receive a special link to access the Retreat Page including daily videos and documentation. Please fill out the donation form below to receive the link to the Retreat Page.

Retreat Outline

Participants will be invited to watch a special daily video series, narrated by Father Robert Foliot, and download the day's companion sheet to guide you throughout the rest of your day. The companion sheets will enable you to:

  • Find the text of the scripture passage to pray with for the day. You pre-determine how long you want to pray:  15, 30, 45, 60 minutes. Set that amount of time aside before the retreat and be faithful to it.
  • Meet the Saint who will accompany you for that day.
  • Reflect on some of the words of Pope Francis.
  • Sing or recite the words of a familiar hymn or prayer.

FATHER ROBERT FOLIOT, S.J. was born in Montreal, entered the Jesuits in 1962 and was ordained a priest in 1973.  He was the pastor of numerous parishes – St. Ignatius Parish in Winnipeg for 15 years, Our Lady of Lourdes Church in downtown Toronto for a total of 10 years, and among the Indigenous people of Manitoulin Island for 7 years. He was the Rector of Regis College in Toronto and Director of the National Jesuit Development Office.  For a total of 9 years, he served as the Superior of the Pickering Jesuits and the director of the Jesuit Infirmary.  He joined the staff at the Martyrs’ Shrine in Midland, Ontario in September 2020.

Past Online Retreats:

We have catalogued some of our past retreats, as they may continue to be relevant in your life. Feel free to share or join these: