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Sixth Annual Ignatian Retreat: The Heart of Ignatian Spirituality

The Heart of Ignatian Spirituality

This year, as Emmaus House transitions from its longtime location in Des Moines to its new home in Urbandale, we are excited to have our very own Fr. Dan Krettek (Co-Director of Emmaus House since 1997) as presenter of our Sixth Annual Ignatian Retreat. For over 55 years, Fr. Krettek has been formed and trained in Ignatian Spirituality, beginning at a Jesuit high school and continuing in various and countless ways ever since.


Fr. Krettek's favorite description of Ignatian Spirituality comes from Fr. Gene Merz, SJ (one of the founders of Emmaus House): "The heart of Ignatian Spirituality is reflection on experience in light of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ." During this Sixth Annual Ignatian Retreat, Fr. Krettek will share with us his reflections on experience of Ignatian Spirituality, as both a spiritual director and directee, and then invite us into our own reflections on experience. We hope you will join us in person or via Zoom for this wonderful opportunity to grow in deeper intimacy with God and refresh your spirit! No prior experience with Ignatian Spirituality is required. As always, all are welcome!


About Our Presenter

Fr. Dan Krettek is a priest of the Diocese of Des Moines. He attended seminary at the North American College in Rome prior to ordination in 1978, and has done further studies in theology, canon law, and spirituality, with certification in spiritual direction and retreat direction. He has served in parish ministry, individual and group spiritual direction, ministry to the divorced and separated, hospital chaplaincy, and high school campus ministry. He has been a co-director at the Emmaus House since 1997, doing spiritual direction, retreats, and spiritual renewal programs.



Emmaus House relies upon the revenue from programming, especially events such as this Sixth Annual Ignatian Retreat, to help sustain its ministry. The suggested offering for this event is $55. To reserve your seat, please click the "Pay Now" button below.








If you are unable to afford the $55 registration cost at this time, we still want you to join us. Full and partial scholarships are available. Please contact us to inquire.


If you would like to support Emmaus House in its commitment to offer its services & events to those unable to afford the cost, we invite you to make a donation to our ongoing ministry & operations fund. Thank you for your generosity!




Donate to Emmaus House:

Attend In Person or Virtually

Date Saturday, July 31, 2021

Time: 9:00 A.M. to 3:30 P.M.

Cost: $55.00 (scholarships available)

(lunch provided for in-person retreatants - freewill donation)

Location: St. Boniface Catholic Church

(1200 Warrior Ln, Waukee, IA)   (See Map Below)

Attend Virtually: This retreat will also be accessible live on Saturday, July 31st via Zoom for those preferring to attend virtually.

*Please Note: Even if you are unable to attend this retreat live, we hope you will still join us! The retreat will be recorded and available following the live retreat for those who are registered. 

Pre-registration is required and non-refundable for this event. Simply click the "Pay Now" button, and follow the steps to register online and reserve your seat. A third-party company handles our registrations so that we don't overbook events.  If registering online poses an obstacle to you, please contact us and we will be happy to assist you.  Thank you!

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