2023 Lenten Retreat


Deepening our Friendship with Christ:
A Lenten Retreat Based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola

The Gregorian University Foundation is pleased to again offer you an opportunity to deepen your Lenten prayer and draw closer to Jesus Christ through an online Lenten retreat based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola. Retreat directors from the Pontifical Gregorian University, the Pontifical Biblical Institute, and the Pontifical Oriental Institute, have assembled a team of experts in Jesuit spirituality and prayer to provide participants with a rich and meaningful prayer experience.

Show Bios of Presenters


Rev. Rolphy Pinto, SJ has been a Jesuit since 1992, when he joined the Gujarat Jesuit Province.  With a doctorate in spiritual theology and a special interest in Ignatian Spirituality, he has taught at the Gregorian since 2010.  He has coordinated the university’s Exercises in Daily Life program since 2019; he also served as interim university chaplain 2019-2020.




Rev. Michael Rossmann, SJ is a Jesuit priest and doctoral student at the Gregorian University in Rome. He previously served as the editor-in-chief of The Jesuit Post. In 2017, Fr. Rossmann started the “One-Minute Homily.” He continues to produce short-but-substantive videos for social media. He is a native of Iowa City and a graduate of the University of Notre Dame.




Dr. Yvonne Dohna Schlobitten has been a lecturer in theory and method of the sacred and its perception in art at the Faculty of Ecclesiastical History and its Cultural Heritage and at the Institute of Spirituality at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome since 2004. Her research framework assumes a multidisciplinary approach to artistic creation.




Rev. Christopher Staub, SJ is currently a post doctoral student at the Pontifical Gregorian University. Fr Staab attended Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Madrid to earn a master’s degree in Ignatian spirituality and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology. During his Jesuit formation, he studied philosophy for two years in Lima, Perú, at Universidad Antonio Ruiz de Montoya, and was missioned to Belo Horizonte, Brazil, for studies at the Jesuit Faculty for Theology, where he earned a bachelor’s degree.




Rev. Stephen Sundborg, SJ served as the 21st president of Seattle University from July 1997 to July 2021. He completed his doctoral studies in spirituality at the Pontifical Gregorian University in 1982. He taught theology at Seattle U from 1982-1990, was appointed Rector of the Seattle U Jesuit community in 1986, and served as Provincial of the Northwest Jesuits from 1990 to 1996.





Rev. Paul Mueller, SJ is the religious superior of the Jesuit community at the Pontifical Biblical Institute. He earned a MA in philosophy at Loyola University Chicago and a master of divinity and a master of sacred theology at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. He earned a MS in physics at the University of Chicago and completed his doctorate through the University of Chicago’s Committee for Conceptual Historical Studies of Science.



Rev. Michael P. Hilbert, SJ is the associate pastor of St. Ignatius Loyola Parish, New York, NY.  Fr Hilbert earned a bachelor’s degree in sacred theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University. He went on to specialize in canon law, receiving a doctorate with honors and is Emeritus Professor of Canon Law.  Most recently he was President of the Fondazione La Gregoriana in Rome and is Trustee Emeritus of the Gregorian University Foundation. During his years in Rome, he was a professor of canon law, dean of the faculty, Academic Vice-rector of the university, and judge on various church tribunals.




Rev. Cyril N. Pinchak, SJ, a priest in both the Byzantine and Roman Catholic rites, completed a Licentiate in Byzantine Theology at the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome. After finishing his degree, Fr. Pinchak returned to his hometown of Cleveland to teach Theology and coach cross country/track at St. Ignatius High School.  After a few years there, Fr. Pinchak is now back at the Pontifical Oriental Institute for further studies.




Samantha Lin is the Associate Director of Growth and Student Recruitment at the Cristo Rey Network in Chicago, IL. She graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Foreign Service from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in 2014 and served as a Jesuit Volunteer the following year. Samantha earned her Sacred Theology Licentiate in Judaic Studies & Jewish-Christian Dialogue from the Pontifical Gregorian University in 2022 and continues to be involved in interreligious dialogue.



Rev. Sam Sawyer, SJ, is the Editor in Chief at America Media, where he’s worked since 2015. Since 2020, he has also served as the local superior of the America House Jesuit Community in New York. He also assists at the Church of St. Francis Xavier and is a Gregorian University Foundation board member. During his theology studies, he helped to found The Jesuit Post and served as one of its first editors. During his Jesuit formation, Fr. Sawyer studied philosophy at Loyola University Chicago and theology at Boston College.




Rev. Nicolas Steeves, SJ, is professor of fundamental theology and moderator of the first cycle of theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University. He received a doctorate of theology from the Center Sèvres (Paris) and a Licentiate in Canon Law from the Pontifical Gregorian University. Fr Steeves is the author of and a contributor to multiple books, articles and podcasts, many of which explore the role of imagination in the work of theology, and more broadly, in intellectual and social life.



Dr. Donna Orsuto is a professor of spirituality at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and the Director of the Lay Center, which is dedicated to the formation of the laity and to the promotion of the lay vocation in the Church and in the world. Originally from the US, she also lectures and gives retreats worldwide. She has authored two books and numerous articles in the area of spirituality. Dr. Orsuto is active in ecumenical and interreligious dialogue. Pope Benedict XVI named her a Dame of the Pontifical Equestrian Order of Saint Gregory the Great in 2011.

We invite you to participate in this guided retreat extended over the six full weeks of Lent. There will be two talks per week with reflections based on themes from the Exercises and related Scripture, along with suggestions on how to pray over them. Please see the schedule below. The talks will be posted each Sunday and Wednesday and will be available for viewing whenever is convenient.  For those who are interested, there will also be opportunities for faith-sharing in small groups online:


Mondays at 7:30 pm EST with Fr. Bill George SJ


Fridays at 2:00 pm EST – Fr. Michael McFarland SJ


The retreat is complimentary and open to anyone who is interested.  However, we ask that you register below or by sending an email to Colleen Mudlaff (executivedirector@gregorianfoundation.org).  For additional information, feel free to email or call Colleen Mudlaff (202-320-9788) or Michael McFarland, SJ (508-981-3513, mmcfarland@gregorianfoundation.org)

Retreat Schedule

Week Date Theme Presenter Link to view video
1 2/26 Intro/Palm Sunday - An Unusual King Rev. Rolphy Pinto SJ view 2/26 video
3/01 From Bethany through Last Supper - Eucharist Rev. Michael Rossmann SJ view 3/1 video
2 3/5 From Last Supper to the Garden - Agony in the Garden Dr. Yvonne Dohna Schlobitten view 3/5 video
3/8 From the Garden to the House of Annas - Betrayal by Judas Rev. Christopher Staab SJ view 3/8 video
3 3/12 From the House of Annas to Caiaphas - Betrayal by Peter Rev. Stephan Sundborg SJ view 3/12 video
3/15 From Caiaphas to Pilate - Torture of Jesus Rev. Paul Muelller SJ view 3/15 video
4 3/19 From Pilate to Herod - Betrayal by Roman justice Rev. Michael P. Hillbert SJ view 3/19 video
3/22 From Herod to Pilate - Crowning with thorns Rev. Cyril N. Pinchak SJ view 3/22 video
5 3/26 From Pilate to the Crucifixion on the Cross - Way of the Cross Samantha Lin view 3/26 video
3/29 Christ on the Cross - Mary & John Rev. Sam Sawyer SJ view 3/29 video
6 4/2 From the Cross to the Sepulcher - Deposition Rev. Nicolas Steeves SJ view 4/2 video
4/5 From the Sepulcher to Our Lady’s House
- Mourning of Our Lady & John
Dr. Donna Orsuto view 4/5 video