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Center for Ignatian Spirituality

Beginning to Pray in The Ignatian Way

“By the term 'Spiritual Exercises' is meant every method of examination of conscience, of meditation, of contemplation, of vocal and mental prayer, and of other spiritual activities that will be mentioned later. For just as taking a walk, journeying on foot, and running are bodily exercises, so we call Spiritual Exercises every way of preparing and disposing the soul to rid itself of all inordinate attachments, and, after their removal, of seeking and finding the will of God in the disposition of our life for the salvation of our soul.”
(Sp. Ex., par.  1)

Photo of sculpture of St. Ignatius with text that reads: "Foundations, Beginning to Pray In The Ignatian Way, The Center for Ignatian Spirituality"

Foundations is a program intended for two groups of people:

  • Those who are thinking about doing the Spiritual Exercises in daily life,  also known as the 19th Annotation, in the future and want to learn more about the experience in advance;
  • Those who are not considering the 19th Annotation yet, but would like to know the basic elements of the Ignatian prayer

The program is divided in two parts:

Part I of the program will take place at lunch time (noon - 1:30 PM) on the five Tuesdays of October, 2018 (October 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30). Each session will include a presentation on a particular Ignatian theme, followed by discussion and prayer time.

Part II of the Program will be a week-long retreat “in daily life,” beginning on Tuesday, November 6 and concluding on Tuesday November 13. The retreat will begin and end with a lunch time gathering (noon - 1:30 PM on 11/6 and 11/13). This week-long retreat will include each participant praying on his/her own for an hour each day; and having two (half hour each) individual meetings with a spiritual guide. The retreat will take place on campus with aspects to be integrated into your daily life.

Important: Only people who can commit to all the sessions and complete an application will be considered. Apply for the program here.

The program will take place at 36 College Road. We have space for 12 participants. 

Meeting Themes
October 2: Beginning to pray in the Ignatian way       

October 9: Structure of the Ignatian prayer

October 16: Praying with our imagination

October 23: Review of the prayer and the examen

October 30: Role of the spiritual director

November 6:  Retreat in daily life

November 13: Gathering of graces