The Center for Ignatian Spirituality organizes retreats that make available the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola in appropriate forms to faculty, administrators, and staff, and that support individuals and groups in their own spiritual journies.
In a moment where many of us find ourselves at risk of burnout and fatigue, we want to invite you to an experiment rooted in the Ignatian tradition. We call it Breathe. We like to think of Breathe as a self-directed retreat, where each participant decides what they want to do, where they want to go, and how they are going to do it.
Well, let’s call it flexible. Breathe will start with an initial gathering on December 2nd at 1:00pm to meet other participants, and a final gathering to share your experience on December 9th at 1:00 p.m., both on Zoom. Between both gatherings, you will have the opportunity to craft your ideal, personalized half-day retreat and bring it to fruition. More importantly, we will reimburse you for meals, supplies, or transportation costs you accrue that day. Breathe wants to recognize and reward BC faculty and staff for the extraordinary efforts they’ve put in this semester.
What kind of a retreat?
Well, that depends on you… Perhaps what you need is to disconnect, relax and rest; or spend quality time with your family or friend; or to carve out extra time to reflect on a research project with which you are struggling. It is in your hands to determine what to do during that half-day.
If you are intrigued, but at a loss of what you’d plan for yourself, we are here to help. After you register, we will provide a simple questionnaire to help you verbalize what you need, and if that is not enough, we will set up a conversation to answer all your questions.
Why should I do this retreat?
- If you can’t remember the last time you took a day to yourself, then maybe you should do this retreat.
- If the stress of these times has taken a physical and mental toll on you, then maybe you should do this retreat.
- If you need a break from Zoom, then maybe you should do this retreat.
- If you’re looking to reconnect with colleagues and build some community, then maybe you should do this retreat.
What are examples of ways I can spend the days and where to go?
The opportunities are endless, but we invite you to think of an activity that will take you out of your usual routine. You can take the T to explore a new-to-you neighborhood of Boston, grab a coffee at your favorite cafe, sit reflectively in a park, and order from a restaurant. Or you can wake up early, drive to Gloucester, and take a long walk on the beach with your family, friend, or partner. Or you can stay home and paint, creatively write, and cook a new recipe. For guidance planning your day please see our Breathe Discernment Questionnaire and visit Breathe Ideas for more inspiration for your day.
What can I get reimbursed during my half-day retreat?
We are able to reimburse transportation with Massachusetts and meals accrued during your half-day retreat. This includes mileage on your car, Zipcar rental, Uber/taxi, public transportation, or a rental bike. This also includes two meals during your half-day, which can be cooked or ordered. We can not reimburse alcohol, gift cards, or hotels/Airbnbs. Remember to keep all your receipts and please fill out the Breathe Expense Report.
Do I have to spend my half-day alone or can I include my partner, children, or friend?
We invite you to spend your half-day with whom you are called to that day. Perhaps you have been eager to have some alone time or perhaps you want this day to spend quality time with someone with whom you’d like to reconnect, and we encourage either option. We will reimburse you for their meals and please provide us their names.
Can I participate if I am more comfortable staying home right now?
Definitely, but we encourage you to think of an activity that gets you out of your usual routine of being at home. Please see our questionnaire for guidance.
Looking Back, Moving Forward
March 3, 2018
9 AM - 3 PM
2101 Commonwealth Ave
(BC's Brighton Campus)
A Lenten Retreat Day for those who have made the 19th Annotation Retreat
Halfway through the season of Lent, this day is an opportunity to reflect and pray on the graces of your 19th Annotation Retreat and how God might be leading you now. Our time together will include input, sharing, silent prayer, lunch, and the Eucharist.
Advent Day of Prayer:
"God Beholding the World"
The Advent Day of Prayer was open to all those interested in a half day of silent prayer, faith sharing, and reflection.
The Center for Ignatian Spirituality and the Jesuit Collaborative sponsored this retreat on Sunday, December 14, 2014. Mass was offered at the close of the day.
March 6-10, 2019
Take time to renew your soul and soak in silence on the shores of the Cohasset harbor with this four-day guided silent Ignatian retreat. This retreat will offer relevant presentations based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, followed by suggestions for prayer and abundant time for reflection; opportunities for individual spiritual direction; and sharing in the Eucharist. Give yourself the precious gift of time and space to rest, receive, and discern God's presence and direction in your life! We welcome faculty and staff of all faith backgrounds who are open to deepening their relationships with God through the Ignatian spiritual tradition.
Spaces are limited and will be granted on a first-come first-served basis. The Center will contact you with further information regarding your acceptance status. If you are unable to attend this year, the Ignatian Silent Retreat will be offered next year. View additional Bellarmine House pictures and information.
Location: Bellarmine House, 150 Howard Gleason Road Cohasset, MA 02025
Director: Fr. Michael Boughton, S.J.
Retreatants: BC Faculty and Staff