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 Labor Day Weekend 2016, Friday, September 2th – Monday, September 5th (Monday is a Labor Day):

WHEN: Friday, September 2nd (5:00 pm) to Monday, September 5th (2:00 pm)
WHERE: St Kateri Tekakwitha Novitiate, 1714 Crain Hwy, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774 [outside of Washington, DC]
REGISTRATION FEE: $75 [checks payable to “Servants of the Lord”]
FOR DETAILS: call 240-393-1527
Registration Form SE 2016