Ascetic Athletics

Ascetic Athletics: The Spiritual Exercises of Lent
A Pre-Lent Retreat with Bo Bonner, MDiv

Friday, January 25, 2019 (7 – 9pm)
Saturday, January 26, 2019 (9am – 3:30pm, Mass available at 4pm)
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
1627 Grand Ave
West Des Moines
Lunch provided Saturday (free will offering requested)
Please register here.


You're invited to participate in, "Ascetic Athletics: The Spiritual Exercises of Lent,” a pre-Lent discernment retreat for catechumens, candidates, sponsors, support persons, and team members involved with Becoming Catholic and the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.

Conference 1: The Path: The Three Practices

Conference 2: The Trial: The Three Temptations

Conference 3: The Victory: The Three Virtues

Included will be opportunities for listening, silent reflection, directed small group sharing, as well as opportunities to explore and discuss Catholic Lenten practices. The retreat will include a special blessing for catechumens and candidates. Mass will be available after the retreat with the Sacred Heart congregation at 4pm.

Retreat Director
Bo Bonner, MDiv
Director of Mission & Ministry at Mercy College of Health Sciences
Director of Zita Institute for Foundations & Ethics in Leadership
Des Moines



Bo has taught at Newman, Wichita State, Tulsa, and Oklahoma State Universities. He became Catholic in the midst of Protestant Seminary at Duke Divinity School and was received into full communion of the Catholic Church at Easter, 2006.

Bo co-hosts, The UnCommon Good, a weekly radio show with Dr. Bud Marr, a show about the common good (which is an uncommon topic--get it?), the social teaching of the Church, servant leadership, and the social reign of Jesus Christ. The show airs at 10am and 10pm on Iowa Catholic Radio.

He is a Benedictine Oblate at Our Lady of Clear Creek Monastery in Oklahoma, choosing the oblate name "Odo" out of respect for the Cluniac vision of the Benedictine Life and the Civilization of Christendom in general.

He and his wife Robyn have been married well over a decade, and they have four children: Elias, Stella, Antonia and Finnian…and a fifth baby on the way! Bo was born on the feast of St. Blaise, the patron of throats, and he has not stopped talking since.