St. Ignatius“There are very few people who realize what God would make of them….
In calling me to live my special qualities and characteristics, God planted deep in myself an original purpose….
what my concrete self adds up to and to live out.” – St. Ignatius of Loyola

LifeSHIFT: Work & the Christian Journey

Life is about facing and managing change—career, personal, family, spiritual. This retreat is an opportunity to reflect on your life and your faith, exploring avenues for new opportunities. You will engage practical career transition content, poetry, and prayer which will allow you to begin clarifying vocational needs and goals.
We all need a vision for our gifts—and language to describe our career/life objectives to ourselves and others. LifeSHIFT will include a variety of activities including discussion, personal writing, film, music, reflective solitude, using the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius and one to one consultation. Each participant will set goals, develop resources for change while experiencing imaginative ways to know God’s presence on the journey.

Start Your Life Changing Journey With Us

Event Name: LifeSHIFT: Work & the Christian Journey

Date: Friday, May 1-3, 2020
Arrival is between 4:00 PM – 5:45 PM on Friday; dinner begins at 5:45 PM
Departure is 1:00 PM on Sunday

Location: Jesuit Center at Wernersville, PA
501 North Church Road, Wernersville, PA

$250.00, includes: 2 nights, 6 meals, assessments, materials and individual consultation.


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The LifeSHIFT retreat is ideal for adults addressing, contemplating or in the midst of career or work transition. Perhaps you feel like you’re in a dead-end job with no opportunity for advancement and long for career change. Or maybe you’ve put off pursuing your passion in order to deal with family and financial obligations. The program can be valuable for those planning for meaningful work or activity in retirement, or for those who desire to look at their spirituality as part of work planning. People who may find LifeSHIFT helpful include…

  • Those who are approaching or experiencing retirement and are searching for new meaning in their next work/life phase.
  • Those who have never or rarely been thoughtful about their “gifts” and how they might connect to opportunities.
  • Those at mid-life who are dissatisfied with their career/work and are looking for fresh perspectives.
  • Individuals beginning a career but are already looking for a change or new direction.
  • People who would like to look inward and use spiritual ideas/resources to help with decision making and goal setting.
Read participant quotes from LifeSHIFT recaps and testimonials.
This is an opportunity to gain clarity on your life/work direction and explore what’s holding you back from achieving your goals, finding the professional, personal and spiritual balance you may be seeking.

Retreat Leaders

Thomas Bachhuber, President of the Board, Center for Life TransitionsDr. Thomas Bachhuber is President of the Board and Executive Director of The Center for Life Transitions, Inc. His LifeSHIFT: Work and the Christian Journey weekend retreat is offered throughout the country, combining career/work/retirement planning with spiritual exploration. He is presently on the leadership team for the Ignatian Volunteer Corps-Milwaukee, providing volunteer service opportunities and spiritual formation for retired adults.

Tom was Director of the Career Development Center at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and also the University of Maryland-College Park. Previously, he led training, research and recruitment initiatives for several Fortune 500 companies. Dr. Bachhuber has published five books including Directions: A Guide to Career Planning (Houghton-Mifflin), The Best Graduate Business Schools (Simon and Schuster) and TranSpirations: Guidance for the Head & Heart Through Career & Beyond (Caritas Communications).

Tom’s Doctorate and Masters in Counseling are from the University of Virginia. He and Leslie have been married for 46 years. They have three adult children and one grandchild.

Frank Kaminski, S.J.Fr. Frank Kaminski, S.J. is presently on the retreat staff at the Jesuit Center for Spiritual Growth in Wernersville, PA. Fr. Kaminski’s interest in Ignatian spirituality began during his years in Chile, where he worked for more than 10 years with the Christian Life Community (a world-wide community of lay men and women who follow the Ignatian path in their daily lives).

Back in the United States, he joined the Jesuit Urban Service Team forming an Ignatian community of faith in the predominantly Latino neighborhoods of North Camden, N.J. Beginning in 2000, he was missioned to Loyola on the Potomac Retreat House in Faulkner, MD, where he offered spiritual direction and directed numerous retreats for 15 years. After spending a short time working with the Office of Ignatian Spirituality for the Maryland and Northeast Provinces of the Jesuits, he was asked to take up the ministry he now exercises.