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On Retreat with Pope Francis: A Webinar with Austen Ivereigh

On Retreat with Pope Francis: A Webinar with Austen Ivereigh - author pictured next to copy of book "First Belong to God: On Retreat with Pope Francis"

What would it be like to go on a retreat given by Pope Francis? Author and papal biographer Austen Ivereigh offers the next best thing in his book, First Belong to God: On Retreat with Pope Francis. Join us for a webinar in which Ivereigh will introduce us to his book, which he has designed around the classic eight-day version of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. Ivereigh draws on not just the wisdom and teaching of the pontificate, but previously unpublished retreat talks Jorge Mario Bergoglio gave in Argentina. Learn to see Pope Francis as “humanity’s spiritual director,” how the Exercises have shaped this pontificate, and how we can enter into the journey of conversion to which the Pope invites us.

On Retreat with Pope Francis
A Webinar with Austen Ivereigh
April 9, 2024

Austen Ivereigh is a UK-based writer and commentator known for his books written about and with Pope Francis. A Fellow in contemporary Church history at Campion Hall, Oxford, he regularly contributes to The Tablet, Commonweal, and America, and is a sought-after speaker and retreat-giver. He is the author of two authoritative biographies of Pope Francis, The Great Reformer (2014) and Wounded Shepherd (2019). In 2020 he co-authored with Pope Francis the New York Times bestseller Let Us Dream: The Path to a Better Future.


  1. I watched the recording as I missed some of the live presentation. I had looked forward so much to this. However, I have to say that this dialogue form – is that what you call it? – is distracting. I did not enjoy it. Why not let the presenter present his topic over perhaps 30 minutes. Then, take a break for dialogue. Excellent content but I am not comfortable with the presentation. Thank you. Mary

  2. Is the recording of the webinar Online Retreat with Pope Francis still avble for viewing. I don’t see the link here. Thank you.


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