A conversation with Ellen Zaeske, Program Coordinator, Ignatian Retreat How Ignatian contemplative practices guide us through daily decisions that define who we are and what we do with our lives. How do you explain Ignatian Retreat? Ignatian Spirituality is rooted in the conviction that God is active, personal and [...]
Finding God In All Things
Finding God In All Things
Small Group Online Program
Starts September 2022!
Starts September 2022!
God’s footprints are everywhere — but can you find them? And do you know how to use them to pay attention to where God is acting in your life?
That’s the essence of Ignatian Retreat, a series of meditations on the Gospels created by St. Ignatius of Loyola. The Ignatian Retreat meditations help us clarify and deepen our commitments to Jesus.
The Ignatian Retreat offered by Christos includes meditating on scripture, daily assignments and a weekly processing with a Spiritual Director and a small group. Spiritual direction is part of the process. One hallmark of Ignatian Retreat is a set of Spiritual Exercises, which have been used for discernment and as a tool for making vocational, spiritual or any decision. In the Christos Ignatian Retreat program, the Spiritual Exercises have been adapted to be used over a 34-week period that generally runs from late September through mid-May.
What do the Spiritual Exercises offer?
- Discovering who I really am
- Directing myself toward God
- Noticing God’s action in my life
- Responding to the movement of my heart
- Discovering the nature of my deepest desire
- Seeking God’s will
- Becoming free of all that distracts me from my deepest desire
- Making choices in line with my truest self
- Connecting my lived experience with the life, death and resurrection of Christ
- Responding to God’s love for me
- Finding God in all things
(from Inner Compass, by Margaret Silf)
The inaugural Christos Ignatian Retreat is an eight-month program that begins in September 2022 via a virtual, online small group format. Students are part of a small group of four students, plus a facilitator who will provide leadership and feedback on each student’s practice of spiritual direction and reflections on the course material.
What you’ll learn: Ignatian Retreat is for people interested in a process that helps with discernment — decision-making for whatever you may be wrestling with and helping you reach out and deepen your relationship with God. Ignatian Retreat uses multiple spiritual disciplines including prayer, reflection and meditating to build a contemplative practice that tunes you into God’s activity in your life. You will learn to develop in your ability to reflect on and verbalize your spiritual experience, bringing together contemplation and action.
For many people, it is an entry into a more intentional focus on their own spiritual formation, or helps enrich the spiritual journey they’ve already begun. (Click here for Program Coordinator Ellen Zaeske’s comments about Ignatian Retreat in her own life.)
Who would benefit from participating in Ignatian Retreat? You may be a candidate for Christos’s Ignatian Retreat if you are:
- Serious about your spiritual life
- Want to grow in your spiritual relationship with Christ
- Looking at important decisions to make about your life
- A young person who wants to embark on life grounded in a faith tradition
- Someone in mid-life wondering about the next step in their lives
- Newly retired and seeking what comes next
- An older adult looking to understand the path their lives have taken
- In transition in your life
- In leadership positions
- In Christian formation programs as part of a faith, community or volunteer organization
- Possess a genuine curiosity about God.
- Be in the general habit of daily prayer and ready to commit to at least 45 minutes of prayer each day for the duration of the retreat (approximately 8 months.)
- Be comfortable with the use of Scripture.
- Be open and receptive to weekly spiritual direction in a small group format.
Based on your application and interview with us, there will be a decision regarding acceptance and assignment to a small group. Groups will be created based on each individual’s availability.
The eight-month retreat is a serious and sacred undertaking! Some people are at a place where they may not benefit from or be ready for this particular retreat format. Sometimes a shorter format may be best, or more preparation time in spiritual direction. Based on your application and your conversation with us, our retreat team may recommend another retreat alternative before re-visiting this longer retreat.
Tuition, Fee & Application Information
- Deadline to apply for Ignatian Retreat is September 1, 2022. A non-refundable application fee of $75 is applied toward total tuition cost.
- Small groups will begin meeting the week of Sept. 26, meeting weekly until mid-May 2023. (No meetings held the weeks of Thanksgiving, Christmas or Easter.)
- Tuition is $1,175 for the program if paid by August 1, 2022; $1,275 if paid thereafter. All tuition must be paid in full by September 19, 2022.
- Please contact our Financial Administrator with any financial questions at [email protected].
- Christos accepts checks, credit cards and PayPal.
- Tuition is non-refundable.
- Students are responsible for any supplies costs.
Interested? Take the Next Step
If you’re interested in Ignatian Retreat, the first step is to contact Ellen Zaeske, Ignatian Retreat Coordinator, by email at [email protected]
It is highly recommended that you attend one of the Ignatian Retreat Information Sessions, held by Zoom:
Program Coordinator Ellen Zaeske
Email: [email protected]
Questions about Ignatian Retreat? Contact Ellen Zaeske at the email address above.
“I engaged in the Ignatian Retreat out of a desire to be increasingly attentive to the invitations of the Spirit, and a hope to encounter God at deeper levels … I was uncertain about doing the Spiritual Exercises in a group setting, but have found the small group experience both stimulating and encouraging.” – P.R.
“God’s spirit moves through this old but powerful practice. I’ve been going through a big transition and the daily readings and weekly group spiritual direction have helped to steady my faith and deepen and strengthen my connection with God, myself and others.” – M.P.S.
“Having done Ignatian Retreat during a pandemic and partial retirement gave me a group of people desiring to walk with Jesus through such change. We had amazing, inspired conversation that spurred me deeper and made me more devoted to imitating Christ in this stage of life.” – Diane, ELCA Interim Pastor, Christos Tending the Holy graduate