Ignatian Silent Retreat

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Called to Abundant Life
An Ignatian Silent Retreat for Faculty and Staff
*Friday, February 3 – Sunday, February 5
Palisades Retreat Center, Federal Way

See Retreat Team bios below

Apply HERE by Friday, January 13

*Check-in any time after 4:00 pm Friday. The retreat begins Friday with 5:30 pm dinner and ends Sunday after the 12:30 pm lunch.


Renew your spirit and vision for abundant 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 morning prayer, healing/reconciliation and (optional) Eucharist.  See this year’s Retreat 2023 Participant Schedule for details.

The silence on this Ignatian Retreat is guided by suggestions for reflection after each presentation and is held between optional daily conversations with a trained spiritual companion (“spiritual director”) and times of communal prayer.   The silence is meant to create space to listen deeply and to see more clearly the abundant life God envisions for you and the world.

All Seattle University administrators, faculty and staff are welcome! 

COST: The subsidized cost of $100 includes two nights of single occupancy 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! 
See Retreat Team bios below and
apply by Friday, January 13

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


2023 Ignatian Silent Retreat Team  

Mike Bayard, S.J. has returned to SU’s Center for Jesuit Education as the Jesuit Assistant for Pastoral and Spiritual Outreach.  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.  He was ordained in June 1998 before moving to Seattle in 2000 to work in SU’s Campus Ministry. 

Leonetta ElaihoLeonetta Elaiho is a spiritual companion and coach committed to supporting BIPOC leaders. She graduated from SU in Social Work.  She has completed training at Seattle Midwifery School, the Soul Formation Academy of Spiritual Formation and the School of Spiritual Direction, Medicine Woman Way, the Living School for Action and Contemplation and Resmaa Menakem's Foundations in Somatic Abolitionism. You can learn more about her spiritual practice at www.beautifulle.com.

Andrea Fontana serves as Associate Director of the Center for Jesuit Education.  She returns to campus after serving as Program Coordinator at the Ignatian Spirituality Center in Seattle for 11 years.  She worked at SU between 1999 and 2010 as Campus Minister for Liturgical Music, 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. 

Ross HaysRoss Hays, MD. is a professor of pediatrics and palliative care at the University of Washington School of Medicine, and a pediatric hospice medical director. He has been a spiritual director in the Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life Retreat for over a decade. He has participated in scholarly activity nationally and internationally, most recently at the George Washington Institute of Spirituality and Health in Assisi. He is deeply grateful for every new encounter that God creates.

Becky McNamaraBecky McNamara is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Matteo Ricci Institute at SU. She teaches courses on Ignatian discernment, Jesuit education and community engagement. She also has professional experience as a Campus Minister and in Student Development administration. She enjoys parenting two teenagers, listening to audiobooks and going on daily walks.


Rosanne MichaelsRosanne Michaels recently retired from a 20-year career at St. James Cathedral, where she was part of the faith formation team, providing pastoral care for young adults, returning Catholics, and parishioners experiencing grief and loss.  She continues a spiritual direction practice, is a director in the Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life program and has presented retreats in the Ignatian tradition. She loves to tend her kitchen garden, draw portraits, and study Italian.

Trung Pham, S.J.Trung Pham, S.J. works in the department of Art, Art History, and Design at Seattle University where he has taught drawing and sculpture.  His recent commission is the bronze Crucifix at Saint James Cathedral, Seattle.  Trained as a spiritual director, Trung has directed numerous three-day and eight-day Ignatian retreats over the years.  Besides his passion for art and spiritual direction, he is also a marathon runner.    

Stephanie RaglandJesuit Volunteer Corps brought Stephanie Ragland from her hometown of Oakland to Seattle after undergraduate studies at Santa Clara University in 1978.  A graduate of SU’s School of Theology and Ministry, Stephanie brings forty years of extensive experience in social outreach, retreat work, and parish ministry. Prior to retirement, Stephanie was on staff with the St. Vincent de Paul Society of King County.  Reading, gardening, and traveling are Stephanie’s passions as well as new role as a grandmother.