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. Francis 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.”

What are the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises? Find out more information on the website of IVE America.

Upcoming Retreats Presidents’ Day Weekend 2016, Friday, February 17 – Monday, February 20 (Monday is a Presidents’ Day, a Federal Holiday):

WHEN: Friday, February 17 (5:00 pm) to Monday, February 20 (2:00 pm)
WHERE: Immaculate Heart of Mary Juniorate, 1326 Quincy Street NE, Washington, DC 20017
REGISTRATION FEE: $75 [checks payable to “Servants of the Lord”]
REGISTRATION: registration-for-spiritual-exercises-2017
FOR DETAILS: call 202-543-1179, Sr. Corredemptrix