The Full Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius
September 11, 2021 – May 2022
The full Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius can be made over the course of several months. Your spiritual director, with whom you will meet regularly, will give you specific scripture passages and meditations for daily prayer. Because this is a big undertaking and commitment, an application process is required.
- Possess a genuine curiosity about God.
- In the general habit of daily prayer and ready to commit to at least 30 minutes of prayer each day for the duration of the retreat (approximately 8 to 9 months).
- Made at least one silent retreat.
- Comfortable with the use of Sacred Scripture.
- Open and receptive to ongoing spiritual direction.
- Comfortable sharing the details of your prayer experience with a spiritual director.
If you meet these requirements and are interested in applying for this retreat please visit IgnatiusHouse.org/19th-Annotation for an application.
What are the Spiritual Exercises?
The Spiritual Exercises are a collection of meditations and invitations to prayer written by St. Ignatius for the purpose of calling people into a deeper relationship with God, most especially the person of Jesus Christ. The Exercises are most formally made as a 30-day retreat but can also be made over the course of several months in everyday life. Over the centuries priests, religious, and lay people have made the Exercises at various stages of life. They are transformative and life-changing. The Exercises have four movements called “weeks”. Each week invites the retreatant into a different stage of Jesus’ life and our life with God, moving from our need for God’s mercy in sin and brokenness, to the life and ministry of Christ, his Passion and death, and finally the hope of the Resurrection. Most Ignatian retreats draw from the themes and various movements of the Spiritual Exercises.