Remembering a Dear Friend of the Center

Sep 8, 2021

Jackie Antkowiak, spiritual director and dear friend of the Retreat & Conference Center, passed away peacefully on Sunday. She began serving on directed retreats in 2018 and truly touched all whom she encountered with her sweet, gentle spirit. Jackie’s directees always shared their immense gratitude for her daily guidance during these retreats. She had an incredible way of making everyone feel comfortable right away. One of her recent directees commented, “Jackie is one of the most welcoming people I’ve ever met.” Others always shared their appreciation for the grace-filled spiritual direction sessions with her too. Her colleagues on these retreats also repeatedly shared how wonderful it was to work with her. Her presence will be deeply missed at our Center.

Click here for the link to her obituary. Please pray that her loved ones will feel peace from the arms of Jesus as they prepare for her services today and tomorrow.
mourning, prayer for mourning

Prayer of Comfort

You hold time within your hands, and see it all, from beginning to end.

Please keep and carry these precious people in their sadness and loss.

Cover them with your great wings of love,

give their weary hearts rest and their minds sound sleep.

Lord, lift their eyes so that they may catch a glimpse of eternity,

and be comforted by the promise of heaven.

We ask all this in the precious name of Jesus.


We will miss you, Jackie…

Song of the Angels

May songs of the angels welcome you

and guide you along your way.

May the smiles of the martrys greet your own

as darkness turns into day.

Ev’ry fear will be undone

and death will be no more,

as songs of the angels bring you home

before the face of God.

~Bob Dufford, S.J.