As Joe Ricketts built a financial empire, he felt something missing from his life. A graduate of Jesuit schools, including Creighton University in Omaha, he didn’t feel the same commitment to his faith as he previously had.
“My spiritual life is very important to me,” Ricketts said. “I’ve gone to grade school, high school and college that was religious, and I became enamored with my spiritual life. It was built into me. And after I got out school and got on with my career and family, I didn’t feel like I had that touch anymore.”
A friend, who also happened to serve as a priest, encouraged Ricketts to attend a religious retreat in Minnesota. The founder of TD Ameritrade, an online trading broker that is now part of Charles Schwab, was initially reluctant before agreeing to attend a retreat in 1987 at Demontreville, a Jesuit sanctuary near St. Paul. After participating in his first retreat, which ran Thursday night through Sunday, Ricketts attended several others there.
By Tim Trudell
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