"The Ignatian Experience was my first exposure to Ignation Spirituality and the impact was significant. The presentations by Sister Barbara, Brother Charlie, and the LIS Associates were insightful, profound and moving. That was the introduction and stepping stone for me to a more fruitful and continually evolving spiritual life."
-St. Martin de Porres Parish, Yorba Linda, Participant
Ignatian Spirituality is for people in everyday life. It insists that God is present in our world and active in our lives. It is a path to deeper prayer and good decisions flowing from keen discernment. It leads to an active life of service to others.
The core of the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola is found in The Spiritual Exercises, a small manual he wrote to guide others in seeking God through daily prayer with the Gospels. While praying the life of Jesus, we become sensitive to interior spiritual movements that lead us to discover what God desires of us.
St. Ignatius of Loyola found that his own affections and desires led him to follow God when he noted “consolation,” which led him to God’s will. He was also sensitive to “desolation,” which was a sign that God was leading him in another direction. Thus, St. Ignatius found that his deepest desires were God’s will for him and he freely embraced the path shown to him. His great joy thereafter was to help other people find their personal call from God.
Ignatian Experiences are programs of various lengths and formats that introduce people to Ignatian Spirituality. Based on The Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, they are ideal for parishes or groups that wish to provide new opportunities for people to grow in a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.
Loyola Institute for Spirituality offers Ignatian Experiences of different lengths: one or more evenings; one-day retreats; weekend events; or a series of weekly sessions ranging from five to eight weeks.
We can tailor a vibrant and unforgettable experience to meet the needs of your faith community.
Sessions are led by LIS staff and include talks on Ignatian Spirituality, introductions to various forms of prayer, and aides to praying with scripture daily. Multi-session programs include presentations of new material each week and small-group faith sharing based on people’s prayer experiences since the last gathering.
Contact us to see how we can assist your faith community in providing a spiritually enriching experience to draw people closer to God.
St. Ignatius & Ignatian Spirituality
God’s Love for Us
We Are Sinners, Yet Beloved
Jesus’ Birth and Early Years
Jesus’ Ministry Years
Jesus’ Suffering and Death
Jesus’ Resurrection to New Life
Discipleship, Apostleship, and Church