Orientation Meeting for Retreatants
September 11, 2019
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Spirituality Building, St. Joseph Center, Orange, CA
You can experience the FULL Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola over the next nine months (from September to early June) with an individual Spiritual Director who will guide you through this profoundly transformative retreat experience.
Although this retreat is traditionally done by going away to a retreat center for 30 days of prayer and meditation in silence. The full Spiritual Exercises can also be made over a period of nine months in daily life, in what is called a “19th Annotation Retreat.”
The retreat is normally preceded by a period of preparation when the potential retreatant is paired up with a spiritual guide for ongoing, monthly spiritual companioning sessions. This should begin several months prior to entering into the 19th Annotation retreat. The Spiritual Exercises offered through the Loyola Institute begin each year in early September and last until early June.
Why are the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius sometimes called a "19th Annotation Retreat"?
Ignatius of Loyola was a practical man whose life was changed by praying the life of Jesus. Later he wrote a short book called The Spiritual Exercises, so others could make a similar prayer journey. In the 19th introductory note to The Spiritual Exercises, he writes that people who desire to make the 30-day retreat might be prevented by duties and necessary business. For these people, he suggests making the Spiritual Exercises in Daily Life. His description in the 19th note gives rise to the expression "The 19th Annotation Retreat.”
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.
· An entrance interview with the retreat program coordinator
What this “Retreat in Daily Life” 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.
Cost: $1,000 is requested, payable in monthly or quarterly installments.
($100 deposit required upon acceptance after a brief interview).