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19th Annotation of the Spiritual Exercises

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Photo of people sitting in chairs at opening session of 2017

The Spiritual Exercises are a compilation of meditations, prayers, and contemplative practices developed by St. Ignatius Loyola to help people deepen their relationship with God. For centuries the Exercises were most commonly given as a “long retreat” of about 30 days in solitude and silence. In recent years, there has been a renewed emphasis on the Spiritual Exercises as a program for lay people. The most common way of going through the Exercises now is a “retreat in daily life,” also know as the 19th Annotation, which involves an eight-month program of prayer and meetings with a spiritual director, following a pattern of meditation, contemplation, and scripture reading. Through this experience, retreatants come to a greater awareness of God’s presence in their lives.

19th Annotation’s Group Meeting Schedule
Wednesdays, 7 to 8:30 PM
Boston College’s Brighton Campus

Wednesday, September 6, (meeting #1) – Orientation

Wednesday, Sept 20, (meeting #2)– Small Group Dynamic. Overview upcoming Weeks 1 & 2

Wednesday, Oct 4,  (meeting #3)– Review Weeks 1 & 2 (Sharing) Overview upcoming Weeks 3 & 4 

Wednesday, Oct 18, (meeting #4)– Review Weeks 3 & 4 (Sharing) Overview upcoming Weeks 5 & 6 

Wednesday, Nov 1, (meeting #5)– Review Weeks 5 & 6 (Sharing) Overview upcoming Weeks 7 & 8 

Wednesday, Nov 15, (meeting #6)– Review Weeks 7 & 8 (Sharing) Overview upcoming Weeks 9 & 10 

Wednesday, Nov 29, (meeting #7)– Guest Speaker. Overview upcoming Weeks 11 & 12

Wednesday, Dec 13, (meeting #8)– Review Weeks 11 & 12 (Sharing) Overview upcoming Weeks 13 & 14

Wednesday, Jan 10,  (meeting #9)– Review Weeks 13 & 14 (Sharing) Overview upcoming Weeks 15 & 16

Wednesday, Jan 24, (meeting #10)– Review Weeks 15 & 16 (Sharing) Overview upcoming Weeks 17 & 18

Wednesday, Feb 7, (meeting #11)– Review Weeks 17 & 18 (Sharing) Overview upcoming Weeks 19 & 20

Wednesday, Feb 21, (meeting #12)– Review Weeks 19 & 20 (Sharing) Overview upcoming Weeks 21 & 22

Wednesday, March 7, (meeting #13)– Review Weeks 21 & 22 (Sharing) Overview upcoming Weeks 23 & 24

Wednesday, March 21, (meeting #14)– Review Weeks 23 & 24 (Sharing) Overview upcoming Weeks 25 & 26

Wednesday, Apr 4, (meeting #15)– Guest Speaker. Overview upcoming Weeks 27 & 28

Wednesday, Apr 18, (meeting #16)– Review Weeks 27 & 28 (Sharing) Overview upcoming Weeks 29 & 30

Wednesday, May 2, (meeting #17)– Review Weeks 29 & 30 (Sharing) Overview upcoming Weeks 31 & 32

Wednesday, May 16, (meeting #18)– Gathering Our Graces, Closing Mass and Refreshments

photo of Sister Donna Fannon and Father Conlan

Sr. Donna Fannon, MHSH and Fr. Walter (Skipp) Conlan, S.J., will be directing the Retreat in Everyday Life beginning in 2017.

Sr. Donna is a member of the Mission Helpers of the Sacred Heart.  Sr. Donna is also an adjunct faculty member at Fordham University where she facilitates the Practicum in Spiritual Direction.  Previously she has introduced the Spiritual Exercises to numerous young adults during her 25 years as a Campus Minister in a variety of College settings.

Fr. Conlan graduated from Boston College in 1971, and has done graduate work at the University of Michigan and several other schools in Massachusetts, Brazil, Bolivia and Italy. He holds a master's degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan and a Master of Divinity degree from Weston Jesuit School of Theology (1976), and is a certified spiritual director. Fr. Conlan was named Rector of the Fairfield Jesuit Community from 2004-2010. After spending a well deserved sabbatical year, with time in Santa Fe, NM, as well as working as a Chaplain at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH the summer of 2011, “Fr. Skipp” returned home to Boston College, to take up duties in the Division of Mission and Ministry. He is responsible for coordinating pastoral outreach to staff in HR, Development, Advancement, and Alumni.

Participants must be committed to:

  1. One hour a day of private prayer
  2. A short period of reflection on prayer experience, taking notes of the insights one has received
  3. Meeting weekly:
    • Twice a month with a spiritual guide
    • On the intermittent weeks coming together for group prayer and discussion from 7 to 8:30 PM
 on Boston College’s Brighton Campus

There is no participation fee for this retreat.

The program is full. Any applications received from July 25 until July 31 have been put on a wait list. 


The CIS have scheduled four Supervisory Meetings during this academic year to assist the needs of the Spiritual Directors. All Spiritual Directors are required to attend from 7 to 8:30 PM.

Please add the following dates to your calendar:

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

St. Mary's Hall Conference Room 128, light refreshments will be provided.