What are the Spiritual Exercises?
The Spiritual Exercises are a collection of meditations and invitations to prayer written 500 years ago by St. Ignatius of Loyola to call people into a deeper relationship with God, most especially Jesus Christ. Today, the Exercises are most formally made as a 30-day silent retreat or over the course of several months in everyday life.
Throughout the centuries, students, professionals, and religious leaders 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 you into a different stage of Jesus’ life and your 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. Retreats at Ignatius House retreats draw from the themes and various movements of The Spiritual Exercises.
The Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life (19th Annotation)
Ignatius House offers the full Spiritual Exercises as a 30-day silent retreat or, alternatively, as the “19th Annotation” — a gradual retreat in everyday life. As the 19th Annotation, you’ll meet regularly one-on-one with a spiritual director across 8-9 months to discuss specific scripture passages and meditations as you continue your daily commitments to family, work or school. Because this is a big undertaking and a prolonged commitment, an application process is required.
- Possess a genuine curiosity about God.
- In the habit of daily prayer and ready to commit to at least 30 minutes of prayer each day for 8 to 9 months.
- Has 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.
Application Process & Fee
Before applying, please read this document, which outlines more details about the 19th Annotation Retreat, including four important dispositions someone considering this retreat should possess.
You typically will meet with your spiritual director weekly. Because of the time commitment of the retreatant and the director, the fee for the “19th Annotation” is $800. Payment plans may be arranged after your application has been approved.
Click here to download the application. Please read the instructions fully and engage in the process prayerfully. The application process itself is your own discernment of whether you feel ready to make the Exercises.