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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.

Please note: The 19th Annotation will not meet this upcoming academic year. The Spiritual Exercises will be offered again in 2019-2020.

19th Annotation’s Group Meeting Schedule 2017-2018
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

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.