Looking to the end of summer and the start of fall, we invite you to consider taking a few days for a silent retreat close to the Lord. Registration is still open for two upcoming Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.
West Coast Retreat in the Bay Area: August 27 – August 30
The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola are being offered for women in California at St. Clare’s Retreat Center (2381 Laurel Glen Road, Soquel, CA) from Thursday, August 27 at 7:30 pm to Sunday August 30 at 3 pm. Registration is open until August 21. To learn more about the event click here.
East Coast Retreat in the DC Metro Area: September 4 – 7, Labor Day Weekend
During the last weekend vacation of summer, the Spiritual Exercises will be offered for women in Upper Marlboro, Maryland outside of Washington, DC from Friday, September 4th at 7:30pm – Monday September 7th at 1:30pm. To learn more about the event click here.
The Spiritual Exercises are a spiritual retreat developed by St. Ignatius of Loyola to help people re-focus their lives on God, and to provide an opportunity for people to hear God speaking in the silence of their hearts.
The Exercises have long been recommended by many saints, including St. Frances de Sales and St Alphonsus Ligouri, both Doctors of the Church. In 1929 Pope Pius XI dedicated an encyclical to the subject of the Spiritual Exercises called Mens Nostra.
In his Angelus address of December 16, 1979 marking the 50th anniversary of the document, St. John Paul II spoke of the Spiritual Exercises saying that “the Christian is aided by the strong dynamism of the Exercises to enter into the ambit of the thoughts of God, of His plans in order to trust in Him, who is Truth and Love, and thus to make decisions committed to the following of Christ, considering clearly his gifts and his own responsibilities.”