Join us for our upcoming Ignatian Silent Retreat for Women on October 19-22! The retreat is conference style, with several 30-minute conferences each day. There will be time for silent prayer and reflection on the material presented between conferences. The retreat leader will also be available during these times for individual spiritual direction.
We have spots for 68 women for each retreat. Reservations are first come, first served—and fill up fast—so we encourage you to register as soon as possible! Should we receive your registration after we have reached capacity, you will be contacted and asked whether you wish to be placed on a waiting list.
The retreats are held at Christ the King Retreat Center or “King’s House,” which is run by the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. The retreat house opened in 1952 and is located 40 miles west of Minneapolis on a bluff overlooking Buffalo Lake. Its tree-covered grounds provide a sacred place of meditation and quiet time. All retreatants will have private rooms so that they will have the solitude needed to make their retreat.
Fr Peter J. Etzel S.J., who will give the Fall Women’s Retreat October 19-22 at Christ the King Retreat House in Buffalo, MN, is in his second year as associate pastor at St Thomas More Church. He facilitates RCIA, presides at liturgies, serves as a spiritual director and retreat leader in St Thomas More’s vast retreat program, and visits the sick in the hospital, nursing homes and in their homes.
Born and raised in Milwaukee, Fr. Peter graduated in 1975 with a Journalism degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He was the assistant sports editor of The Milwaukee Journal before entering the Jesuit novitiate in 1983. An interesting fact: Fr. Peter was the second of three Journal sports staffers who joined the Jesuits in consecutive years!
A Jesuit for 40 years and ordained for 30, Fr Peter has served in a variety of ministries and cultures. He taught high school in The Philippines (1988-90), worked among Native Americans (Lakota) at a retreat house in western South Dakota (2010-17), and served in an African American parish in Detroit (2017-21). Fr. Peter was Vocations Director of the Wisconsin Province Jesuits (1996-99) and pastor of the Church of the Gesu in Milwaukee (2002-09).
Fr Peter is not a newcomer to retreat ministry or spiritual direction. He has given the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius Loyola at least 50 times in a group setting or one-on-one conference. Fr Peter is amazed at the spiritual impact of the Exercises on retreatants, especially during a weekend retreat.
Fr. Peter’s many interests include aviation. He earned his private pilot’s license at age 19. The license is no longer current, but he remains passionate about general and commercial aviation. One might see him at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, at the concert hall, on a golf course, or at the ballpark.