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Emmaus House


Please Note: The location for the Sixth Annual Ignatian Retreat has changed.

Due to a mechanical problem in the facility at St. Mary of Nazareth Catholic Church,

 the  Ignatian Retreat will now be held at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Waukee.

Date:  Saturday, July 31, 2021

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

Location: St. Mary of Nazareth Catholic Church (4600 Meredith Drive, Des Moines, IA)

Retreat will also be accessible virtually through Zoom & Recording

Cost:  $55.00  (scholarships available)

Presenter:  Fr. Dan Krettek  (Emmaus House Co-Director)

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!

Click here to learn more or to register.


A reminder that all Emmaus House events are offered virtually. If you have family or friends who live outside 

the Des Moines area, these virtual retreats afford a wonderful opportunity to invite them to participate!

We look forward to seeing you in the coming weeks at one or more of these virtual retreats!

We continue to offer the three weekly virtual offerings below. 

If you are interested in joining us, please RSVP by clicking below so that we can email you the link to the online gathering. 

Centering Prayer

Guided Prayerful Meditation

Reflecting on our Experience

CYC Registration Open

Catholic Youth Camp is going to be exciting this year! Campers will see new cabins, a renovated Dingman Lodge and increased number of staff for enhanced safety precautions. We’re planning for the most amazing summer ever! Camp is open to 3rd-12th graders. For more information and to register, please go to stmcenter.com

Civilize It Iowa
Do you want to help heal the divisions we see in our country? If so, check out Civilize It Iowa, a diocesan campaign that is inviting all of us to pray, fast, and give alms for the sake of charity in your own hearts, and in our country. To check out this simple invitation to pursue holiness in our own lives, and charity in our country, visit civilizeitiowa.com .