in Daily Life
Since they were first developed, the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola have changed the lives of millions of men and women.
Just as our bodies need exercise to maintain physical strength and health, St. Ignatius of Loyola felt we needed exercise in order to maintain our spiritual health as well. So, around the years 1522-1524, he composed a retreat handbook titled Spiritual Exercises. The exercises, designed to help us achieve and maintain that balance, were originally designed to take place over a 30-day silent retreat, with each of the 4 weeks (stages) focusing on a specific goal.
While St. Ignatius of Loyola initially created the Spiritual Exercises in a 30-day format he soon realized that taking a month off is not feasible for all. To make this retreat accessible to more people he adapted the Exercises into a 9-month format, called the 19th Annotation Retreat since it was the 19th note in his guide.
Loyola Institute for Spirituality invites you to experience the full Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola from September to early June. In addition to daily prayer and monthly faith sharing session with other retreatants you will be matched with an individual Spiritual Director who will guide you through this profoundly transformative retreat experience.
What this Retreat involves:
· Daily prayer with the Bible and special Ignatian exercises for nine months.
· Weekly meetings for individual spiritual direction with one’s personal director.
· Monthly sessions on Wednesday evenings for small-group faith sharing.
Requirements for Participation:
· A sincere desire to deepen one’s relationship with God through prayer.
· A commitment to pray with the Scriptures for 45-60 minutes daily.
· A brief application and meeting with the retreat program coordinator
$100 non-refundable deposit due at registration.