Summer Retreat

Remaining Relational in an Unrelational World


July 26-28, 2019

Conference Center at University of Saint Mary of the Lake
1000 East Maple Avenue
Mundelein, Illinois 60060

Join us for a rejuvenating and inspiring weekend retreat! The presenters for the weekend will draw both from brain science and John Paul II’s Theology of the Body to offer tools and insights for building healthy relationships (with ourself, God and others).  As with other NCSC organized events, there will be various pre/post events in order to visit more with fellow attendees and see the Chicago area!

Come explore questions such as:

  • How does developing brain skills help relationships?
  • How can we “remain relational” in stressful situations?
  • What can we do to endure hardship well?
  • What are some tools to help us return to joy?
  • What is God’s vision for our lives?

Featured Speakers:

Fr. Thomas Loya

Fr. Thomas J. Loya, STB, MA is currently the pastor of Annunciation of the Mother of God Byzantine Catholic Church in Homer Glen, IL. He is the host of, “Light of the East Radio” heard on EWTN Radio affiliates, Ave Maria Radio and Fr. Loya can also be heard as a guest speaker on Dr. Greg & Lisa Popcak’s radio program, “More 2 Life” as well as “The Leo Brown Almost Hour,” heard on Bread Box Media. Fr. Loya is a member of the Tabor Life Institute for the education and formation in The Theology of the Body and is a regular contributor to several newspapers including Homer Glen’s The Horizon and the Eastern Catholic publication Theosis.

Before entering the seminary Fr. Loya earned a degree from the Cleveland Institute of Art and pursued a career in commercial art and design. He later completed his studies for the priesthood in both Pennsylvania and Rome where he attended the North American College earning an STB from the Angelicum University. During his time in Rome, Fr. Loya was first exposed to Saint John Paul II’s monumental teaching on the human person when he attended his weekly audiences about The Theology of the Body. Fr. Loya was ordained in 1982 and later added to his Bachelor of Fine Arts by earning a Masters in Counseling and Human Services in 1993. Fr. Loya has served the Church in youth and young adult ministry as well as as an artist and design consultant. He has directed many retreats and has been a guest speaker at several conventions including World Youth Day 2002. Using his background in art, counseling, and Eastern Catholic spirituality, Fr. Loya brings the principles of The Theology of the Body deep into the lived experience of every aspect of human sexuality.


Jim Martini

Jim Martini is the Chief Development Officer of Life Model Works. He currently resides in Los Angeles, California with his wife Michele. Jim Martini is passionate about equipping a contagious body of Christ that can change the world.

Prior to his role as CDO, he served as CEO of Life Model Works and for 8 years on the Life Model Works Board of Directors.

One of Jim’s first Immanuel moments was a time when he was discerning his vocation as a young man. Despite his heart for evangelism and missions, he heard a clear call from God to marry, have children and support God’s people thorough a business career.

Jim has been married to Michele for over 30 years. They have 2 children. Jim’s business career has spanned the spectrum from owning several businesses to serving for 8 years as the national account manager to a very large healthcare organization, Kaiser Permanente, on behalf of $60 billion company, Siemens.


Schedule, Registration and more information coming soon!

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