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The whole collection of Saint Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises will be available:
The dates are January 3 – February 6, 2021.
The dates are June 27 to July 31, 2021.
Each retreat begins with an orientation day and concludes with two days of study. Participants are supposed to stay for the full 34-day retreat. Applicants for the Spiritual Exercises must have completed several week-long silent retreats under their own guidance and be receiving ongoing spiritual direction. Since space is restricted and the application process is lengthy, a preliminary application must be submitted by September 30, 2020 for the January 3, 2021 retreat and by March 1, 2021 for the June 27, 2021 retreat. Please click here to learn more about the Spiritual Exercises. Please click here for all other retreat requests.
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“It is known for its sacred silence,” says Father John P. Murray, director of Gonzaga Eastern Point Retreat House, which is operated by Jesuits in an old stone mansion on the ocean in Gloucester, Massachusetts. “And most people will say that when they meet God, it is in the silence.”
Retreats last anywhere from four to thirty days and are based on the Spiritual Exercises written by Saint Ignatius of Loyola (the Jesuits’ founder) in the early 1500s. Retreatants consult with a spiritual director on a regular basis, participate in group worship and mass, and are free to pray in a chapel or in any of the house’s many cozy nooks. “Freedom is the secret to the Spiritual Exercises,” Murray says. “Inner freedom…could involve the use of music (via headphones), books, and art. As a result, we give a spiritual library. The Blessed Sacrament is celebrated in three chapels. The dining room has many places to sit comfortably and compose, as well as a view of the ocean.”
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The smells of the sea gave way to the aromas of dinner: pork, potatoes, and corn on the cob. Around 30 other retreatants were already eating and chatting hurriedly, so silence will soon descend for the rest of the three-day weekend.
During the weekend retreat’s introductions, Father Jim Keegan said, “Freed from small talk and other distractions, we can better hear the inner voice.” He showed us where the library and bicycles were and suggested that we spend some time outside. “You’ll see No Trespassing signs all over the place. To laughter, he said, “Ignore them.”
Eastern Point offers two types of retreats: directed and guided. Directed retreats include regular meetings with a leader, while guided retreats include group presentations as contemplation aids. My group of six was led by Father Rick Stanley, who encouraged us to pray as “an attentiveness, a listening” to draw closer to God. We were of various religions — Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish — but in the silence, we all hoped to achieve understanding. One man was looking for advice about how to go about adopting a child. A woman explained that she came out of a desire to feel connected to her deceased son. Several people expressed a desire to take some time away from their everyday routines in order to figure things out.
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Seeking God in everyday life is emphasized in Ignatian spirituality. However, it is important to take a break from time to time to spend quiet time with God — an evening, a day, a weekend, or a week. On our calendar of retreats provided by OIS and our partners around the Jesuit network, you will find the retreat that is right for you.
St. Ignatius Loyola’s Spiritual Exercises
Meditations, prayers, and other contemplative rituals make up the Spiritual Exercises. The goal is to assist people in becoming more aware, accessible, and obedient to God. Ignatian spirituality is built on the basis of the Exercises.
Personal retreats, community retreats, spiritual direction, and other resources are available at Jesuit retreat centers, which have professional staff and volunteers. The Jesuits operate five retreat centers on the East Coast, and many more throughout the United States and Canada. Locate the retreat center that is closest to you. | Choose a date that works for you and register for your retreat.
Wernersville, Pennsylvania – Jesuit Center for Spiritual Growth
The Jesuit Center in Wernersville, Pennsylvania, is a natural wonderland that welcomes peaceful and spiritual sustenance for those seeking inner peace.