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In addition to the retreats and programs offered by our Spiritual Growth staff, the Jesuit Center for Spiritual Growth welcomes Catholic and other ecumenical groups who are looking for a beautiful setting to conduct their own group meetings.
Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty,
my memory, my understanding
and my entire will,
All I have and call my own.
You have given all to me.
To you, Lord, I return it.
Everything is yours; do with it what you will.
Give me only your love and your grace,
That is enough for me.
—St. Ignatius of Loyola
The Arts at the Jesuit Center for Spiritual Growth
“Art & Soul” Weekend Retreat with Fr. Michael Tunney, SJ
We are delighted to have Fr. Michael Tunney, SJ, Jesuit priest, painter, and rector of the Fairfield Jesuit Community, present a weekend retreat exploring the connections between creativity and spirituality using the Psalms and Gospel parables. The weekend is designed for both those in spiritual direction and accompaniment ministries as well as individuals engaged in their own spiritual growth. Participants may bring their own media—drawing, painting, writing, photography, etc.—to use as part of the weekend’s work. The retreat will include opportunities for quiet prayer, liturgy, and cultural interests As an extra treat, participants are welcome to attend Saturday evening’s open dress rehearsal of chamber choir Opus One ECHO’s “Sounds of the Spirit” concert and/or to stay for the concert itself on Sunday afternoon at 2pm.
Arrival is on Friday between 4:00 & 5:45 PM, followed by dinner and the opening session; departure on Sunday is at 2:00 PM, unless you choose to stay for the Opus One ECHO concert and reception.
Cost is $200 ($100 non-refundable deposit) & includes a free ticket to the “Sounds of the Spirit” concert.
After you register, you'll be instructed to make your deposit and/or pay your final cost.
Additional concert tickets may be purchased ($10 in advance; $15 at the door; $5 for students) at https://www.opusonechamberchoir.com/soundsofthespirit.
Rev. Michael F. Tunney, S.J. is Rector of the Fairfield Jesuit Community where he is also teaching in the Visual and Performing Arts and Religious Studies Departments at Fairfield University.
Michael has an MFA in painting and Master of Science in art history from Pratt Institute, both awarded in 1995. Michael has a Master of Divinity at Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley (JSTB) in California. He also has a Master in Sacred Theology from JSTB awarded in 1989.
Michael’s artwork has been exhibited at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and Artists’ Group Gallery in Buffalo, as well as in Boston, Fairfield University’s Walsh Gallery, Kansas City, Montreal, and New York City. For a number of years his illustrations appeared in America Magazine.
Michael was the founding Director of the Office of Mission & Identity (2011-16) at Canisius College, Professor of Fine Arts in the college’s Fine Arts Department he chaired (1995-2000) and the Studio Art Program he founded and directed (1995-2010). He was Rector of the Canisius Jesuit Community (2007-2013).
Michael was ordained a priest in 1988 at Fordham University Chapel in the Bronx. He assisted sacramentally and pastorally in the Campus Ministry program at Canisius and currently at Fairfield, as well as in local parishes in New York, Buffalo, and Norwalk, CT.