A new retreat center in Uganda, focused on helping individuals connect with God, will honor a Loras alumnus by bearing his name.
The Beauvais Retreat Center, named after Reverend David Beauvais (’58), is a seven-acre Catholic spiritual retreat center focused on spiritual formation, leadership development and vocation training. The center will welcome seminarians, religious women and men, the clergy and the laity.
In 2011, Beauvais and Richard Kunnert (’58) attended a retreat held by the Archdiocese of Kampala. There, they met Javis Mugagga, the event coordinator who had aspirations to be a minister. The three men kept in contact, and the two Loras alumni played significant roles in helping Mugagga pursue his evangelical goals as he co-founded St. Kizito Leadership Institute, which specializes in education, evangelization and entrepreneurship.
“Our dream is that (Beauvais’) humility, servant leadership and lifetime dedication to the Lord will inspire generations through the retreat center for many years,” Mugagga said.
Beauvais and Mr. Kunnert helped St. Kizito Leadership Institute acquire seven acres of land to serve as the home of Beauvais Retreat Center, with plans to break ground on June 2, 2022 — Beauvais’ 60th anniversary in the priesthood.
As Mugagga explained, “Beauvais Retreat Center will be a place for retreat, rest, relaxation and renewal. Our desire is to create an environment where people can meet with Jesus personally, privately and pertinently. It will be a sanctuary where men and women are equipped by God’s Word for evangelization and discipleship.”
Beauvais is a native of Mundelein, Ill. He graduated from Libertyville High School and earned a bachelor’s in philosophy and history from Loras College before completing seminary studies at St. Mary Seminary in Baltimore, Md. He also has a master’s degree in social work from Loyola University’s School of Social Work in Chicago. Beauvais was ordained a priest of the Rockford Diocese on June 2, 1962, at St. James Pro-Cathedral in Rockford, Ill. He retired in 2006 but remains active in social work and an active board member of the Janet Wattles Center, a mental health services agency; Hope for Haiti, a ministry to the people of Haiti; Family Counseling Service; The Learning Center Capital Campaign; and the Yeshua Catholic International Leadership Institute.