To See All Things New
An Ignatian Silent Retreat for Faculty and Staff
* Friday, May 6–Sunday, May 8, 2022
Palisades Retreat Center, Federal Way

Register HERE by April 15

* Check-in any time after 4 p.m. Friday. Retreat begins Friday with dinner at 5:30 p.m. and ends Sunday with lunch at 12:30 p.m.

Renew your spirit and vision for life. Give yourself the gift of a weekend retreat based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius…

Get away to a beautiful retreat center overlooking the shores of Puget Sound for a weekend of rest, personal reflection, group presentations, spiritual direction, and rituals of healing and (optional) Eucharist. Guided by suggestions for prayer and reflection from each presenter and conversation with a trained spiritual companion (“spiritual director”), the abundant silence of this retreat is meant to create space for you to listen more deeply and to see more clearly what God envisions for your life and the world. All are welcome! 

COST: The subsidized cost of $100 includes two nights of single-room lodging and all meals. Scholarships are available. 

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS: Local and state COVID-19 guidelines will be followed and will be communicated closer to the retreat.  

TO REGISTER: Space is limited and spots fill quickly! Register by April 15  

QUESTIONS: Mike Bayard, S.J. or Andrea Fontana

2022 Ignatian Silent Retreat – Director Bios

Mike Bayard, S.J. has returned to Seattle University's Center for Jesuit Education as the Jesuit Assistant for Pastoral and Spiritual Outreach.  He also works as a chaplain for the Jesuit Restorative Justice Initiative Northwest.  He recently finished 7 years at the Jesuits West Provincial Office in Portland where he most recently served as the Provincial Assistant for Mission Integration and Spiritual Ministries.  Mike is originally from Milwaukee, WI where he entered the Jesuits in 1987, ordained in June 1998 before moving to Seattle in 2000 to begin work at SU’s Campus Ministry.

Mary Pauline Diaz-Frasene has been a presenter with the Ignatian Spirituality Center and has served through spiritual companionship in social/community services organizations through staff spiritual care and direct service roles; in hospital chaplaincy; and in her current work at The People’s Supper, accompanying communities navigating rupture and racial injustice. She is energized by the power of spiritual listening in cultural change. Mary Pauline is a Seattle U alumna and is completing a Master of Arts in Theology and Culture at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology.

Maggie Finley sits on Advisory Boards for both Harborview Medical Center and the National Association of Catholic Chaplains.  Since retiring from Providence Hospice in 2010, she is active on the Ignatian Spirituality Center’s roster of Directors.  Known for an “open-hearted, creative-intuitive and insightful” presence, she brings the great wisdom traditions, expressive arts and gentle humor to bear on spiritual companioning and retreat facilitation.  She spends sabbatical time RV’ing with her husband in National Parks and other sacred spaces.

Andrea Fontana (née Wong) returns to Seattle University after serving as Program Coordinator at the Ignatian Spirituality Center in Seattle for 11 years.  She worked at Seattle University between 1999 and 2010 as Campus Minister for Liturgical Music, Campus Minister for Social Justice, Resident Minister in Campion Hall, and Interim Director of Magis: Alumni Living the Mission.  Her interests include racial equity work, music, art, and helping people experience the gifts of the Ignatian tradition as applied to daily life and work, as well as in our culture and issues of the day.

Claire Hansen takes a long walk every day and finds solace in listening to podcasts and catching up with good friends. She has found Ignatian spirituality to be a grounding force for God's presence in her life. She works in Catholic healthcare and attends St. Joseph Parish in Seattle but lives in Issaquah with her husband and son.

Lê Xuân Hy is from Vietnam and teaches psychology of religion, cultural psychology, developmental psychology, and directs the Catholic Studies Minor program at Seattle University.  In addition to his work at the university, Hy also studies Buddhism and admires Indigenous spirituality.  He runs week-long workshops on healing for The Academy for Spiritual Formation and serves as a consultant for a working group of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

Victoria Ries made her first Ignatian retreat in 1977 and has made eight-day retreats most years since that initial retreat.  She served in ministry in the Archdiocese of Seattle for thirty-five years, twenty-five of which she was appointed by the Archbishop to provide leadership and pastoral care for two parishes in succession.  Since "retiring from a paycheck,” she has returned to directing in the SEEL (Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life) program, provides spiritual direction for a number of people, and volunteers in her local parish.  She has also served as Adjunct Faculty in the School of Theology and Ministry.  Victoria has been married for 47 years, has two children and two grandchildren—so far!

John Topel, S.J. is the emeritus Stamper Chair of Catholic Traditions.  As a professor of biblical studies for 30 years at SU he authored two books and 16 articles in scholarly journals.  For four years he was the Academic Vice President.  He has directed the Spiritual Exercises for Jesuits and various laymen, including faculty and staff at SU, as well as Jews and other non-Catholics.  He’s a little hard of hearing, but his understanding has improved with age!