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Nine Days of Grace: Novena 2018

Open our Eyes, Show us Your Face

Wednesday, March 7—Thursday, March 15, 2018

Fr. Trung Pham, SJ, Victoria Ries, and Joe Hastings, presenters


WEEKDAYS: 12:30 pm at Chapel of St. Ignatius, Seattle University


7:00 pm at St. Joseph Church, Seattle

SATURDAY: 1:00 pm at St. Joseph Church 

SUNDAY: 1:00 pm at Chapel of St. Ignatius

about the program

Deepen your experience of Lent this year by entering into Nine Days of Grace: Novena, a retreat that can be made amid the busyness of daily life. Take just one hour a day to attend a liturgy at either the Chapel of St. Ignatius or St. Joseph Church, or make the retreat online. Be inspired by the preaching of three presenters steeped in the Ignatian tradition and vision, offer up your deepest desires in prayer, and join a faith-filled community to share the Eucharist. Attend one, any or all of the nine days to experience God’s abundant grace!   

This year’s theme is “Open our Eyes, Show us Your Face.” In what might seem like “dark times” in our country and in our lives, we can easily lose sight of a deeper reality and truth—that the Light has come into the world and continues to be at work in our hearts, in our face-to-face relationships, in our local communities, in people of good will working toward justice, and in the world over the long arc of history. Inspired by the scripture readings for the Nine Days of Grace, this year’s retreat team—Fr. Trung Pham, SJ, Victoria Ries and Joe Hastings—recognized that if we let our eyes be opened, we can come to see God’s face in these glimpses of light and hints of the kingdom present here and now. 

Let’s pray that God will open our eyes and show us God’s face!


Make the retreat online

For those who are unable to join us in person, we offer this nine-day Lenten retreat in an "on-the-go" version online. Use the audio or written reflections, as well as booklet and prayer card, to make the retreat at your own convenience.

Day 1 | Weds 7 Mar | Victoria Ries, presenter -  Read | Listen

Day 2 | Thurs 8 Mar | Joe Hastings, presenter - Read | Listen

Day 3 | Fri 9 Mar | Trung Pham, SJ, presenter - Read | Listen

Day 4 | Sat 10 Mar | Joe Hastings, presenter - Coming soon! | Listen

Day 5 | Sun 11 Mar | Victoria Ries, presenter -  Read | Listen

Day 6 | Mon 12 Mar | Trung Pham, SJ, presenter - Read | Listen

Day 7  | Tues 13 Mar | Joe Hastings, presenter - Read | Listen

Day 8 | Weds 14 Mar | Victoria Ries, presenter -  Coming soon! | Listen

Day 9 | Thurs 15 Mar | Trung Pham, SJ, presenter - Coming soon! | Listen

  • Offer up your Prayers of Petition by emailing Andrea or calling (206) 329-4824. 
  • Use this Prayer Card to reflect on and integrate your retreat experience.
  • Learn more about St. Francis Xavier with this biography by Francis Mathy, S.J.   



There is no cost to make this retreat. Free will offerings are welcomed! If you would like to make a donation, click the button below. 



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about the presenters

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Fr. Trung Pham, SJ is a Vietnamese-born, Seattle-based artist, educator and ordained Jesuit priest. Soon after graduating from UCLA in Chemical Engineering, he joined the Jesuit order and pursued a career in the arts, earning a MFA in drawing and painting at the Pratt Institute. He received his MDiv and STL in Theological Aesthetics from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley. Pham’s immigrant experience and religious devotion have profoundly influenced his artistic practice. Fr. Pham is an Assistant Professor of Fine Arts at Seattle University.  

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Victoria Ries has served in the Seattle Archdiocese for close to 40 years. She worked in Campus and Young Adult Ministry in Tacoma, as Pastoral Associate at St. George Parish, Seattle, and as the Pastoral Coordinator appointed by the Archbishop to provide leadership and pastoral care at St. Patrick and St. Catherine of Siena, both in Seattle. She has a PhD in Theology from the University of Chicago. She has been married for 42 years, has two children, and two grandchildren. She continues to serve by providing spiritual direction, retreat ministry, and presentations in parishes.

Joe Hastings has been serving in the Seattle area for over 25 years, working with the homeless, organizing parish social ministry, and teaching adult education and ministry formation. For 9 years he worked with Catholic Relief Services, connecting Catholics in the Western US with people in need around the world. He recently returned from serving as a Maryknoll Lay Missioner in El Salvador and is currently the Director of Faith Formation at St. Leo Parish in Tacoma. 



Call (206) 329-4824 or email Andrea Fontana, ISC Program Coordinator. 

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