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Ninth Annual Ignatian Retreat

Co-Creating with God

"If the Lord does not Build the House" (Ps. 127)

Join us on Saturday, August 17th, for our Ninth Annual Ignatian Retreat! This year's presenter is Fr. Larry Gillick, S.J. of Creighton University.

During this 50th anniversary year of Emmaus House, Fr. Gillick will offer Scriptural suggestions and comments on our many houses; those we have left, those we have occupied, and those we are building. It will be a day of joyful prayer, silence, reflecting, and conversation. "I wouldn't want to miss it myself!" (Fr. Gillick)


Whether you are new to Emmaus House or have attended many of our retreats over the years, we hope you will join us. All are welcome. Prior experience with Ignatian spirituality is not necessary in order to attend.

Presenter Fr. Larry Gillick, SJ

See below to learn more about Fr. Gillick.

Date Saturday, August 17, 2024

Time:  9:00 am to 3:30 pm

Early-Bird Cost:  $50.00

(Early bird price good through Wednesday, July 17th)

(Beginning July 18th, cost will be $60.00


Scholarships are available.

See below for additional information.

Lunch will be provided.


Location:  St. Mary of Nazareth Catholic Church

4600 Meredith Drive, Des Moines, IA 50310

(see map below) 

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!

About Fr. Larry Gillick, S.J.

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Father Larry Gillick, S.J. was born in Milwaukee and attended Marquette Jesuit High and St. Norbert College before entering the Society of Jesus in 1960.   He and his family have had a summer home on White Sand Lake near Lac du Flambeau, WI since 1952.  He remembers attending Mass in the theatre in Woodruff and at the little old St. Anthony’s Church in Flambeau.   

After pronouncing his first vows in 1963, he received his bachelor's degree from St. Louis University in 1966. He taught at Campion Jesuit High in Wisconsin for the next three years. He was ordained in June 1972 after completing his theology studies at Regis College in Toronto. For the next seven years, he was on the staff of the seminary in Toronto as a Spiritual Director for the younger Jesuits.

He was sent to Omaha in 1979 as Spiritual Director for the young Scholastics studying at Creighton University and living at Campion House in Omaha. In 1984, he assumed the office of Rector of the Jesuit Community at Creighton Prep in Omaha. He served in this capacity until the fall of 1991, when he was assigned to be the Director of the Deglman Center for Ignatian Spirituality at Creighton University. After Campion House closed in May of 2001, he assumed the office of Superior of Mulumba House. He still serves as Director of the Deglman Center.

Father Gillick presently occupies his time doing spiritual direction of students, faculty, and alumni of Creighton University, as well as, directing retreats and days of reflection around the country.

Register for the Retreat:

Emmaus House relies upon the revenue from programming, especially events such as this annual retreat, to help sustain its ministry. To reserve your seat, please click the "Pay Now" button below.


If you are unable to afford the registration cost at this time, we still hope you will join us. Full and partial scholarships are available. No application required. Simply click the button below and fill out the form to request a scholarship.

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!

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