“Conversion: Finding Home In Oneself, Finding Home in God”

The Bridges 2022 Ignatian Community Retreat will be led by Fr. Hung Pham, SJ, a Jesuit priest, who currently serves as the Provincial Assistant for Formation of the Jesuits USA Central Southern Province, as well as Director of the Office of Ignatian Spirituality of the Province.

“At a quick glance, the dynamics of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola seem to focus on either the individual first and then God, or God and then the individual,” says Fr. Pham. “As a result, the ‘First Week’ [of the Exercises] is most often considered to be a time to deal with the person’s sin, forgiveness and reconciliation, all of which move the person to action. It is a time ask, ‘what am I doing for Christ?’ A closer examination shows a much richer dynamics involving both God and the retreatant in a personal and direct encounter. Using different biblical accounts and narratives, this retreat provides a sacred space for people to experience personally and directly such an encounter.”

The Ignatian Community Retreat is open to all. The retreat fee, which includes continental breakfast, lunch, and snacks on Saturday, is $60. There is a FIRM REGISTRATION DEADLINE OF JUNE 20, 2022.

Saturday, July 9 
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Mercy Center –
2039 North Geyer Road
St. Louis, MO 63131-3332

Although there is no programming on the evening before the retreat, it is possible to reserve a room for Friday night if you want some quiet time or do not want to drive Saturday morning. Cost for room ($59.50) is in addition to the retreat fee. All fees must be paid by June 20, 2022 and are non-refundable after that date. 

Sorry, but registration for this retreat is now closed.

If you would like to be placed on a waitlist in case openings occur, contact Steve Givens at: or (314) 401-2072. 

More about Fr. Hung Pham, SJ

In the role of Formation Assistant, he accompanies young Jesuits — scholastics, brothers and young priests — in their intellectual, spiritual and pastoral formation prior to being fully admitted to their final profession. As director of the Office of Ignatian Spirituality, he collaborates and partners with other Ignatian leaders to promote the ministry of the Spiritual Exercises in various cultural and racial contexts both in-person and online for the Province and beyond.

Before being missioned to these roles, Fr. Pham spent 7 years teaching Ignatian Spirituality at the Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University in Berkeley, California. A Jesuit for 26 years, he taught biology and chemistry at St. Louis University High School and served

as a teacher-trainer with the Jesuit Refugee Services in Thailand before studying to be ordained to the priesthood. Ministerially and pastorally, Fr. Pham has lectured and led seminars on different Ignatian themes and topics as well as directed numerous Ignatian workshops and retreats in Belize, Canada, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Thailand, and Vietnam.  For recreation, he enjoys good meals with friends and a good game of tennis.