The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola grew out of St. Ignatius’ own conversion experience. Their purpose is to lead a person to true spiritual freedom in Christ.
The Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life (SEEL) are given to persons in the ongoing course of life. Making the full Exercises is an intensive experience. Individuals making the retreat commit to one hour of daily prayer, daily periods of reflection on their prayer and living with some journaling, and weekly meetings with a spiritual director. Retreatants must be willing and able to share their experience openly with their director and to receive guidance from him/her. The Exercises take place over a seven- to nine-month period beginning in September. Though most of the retreat meetings are only between director and retreatant, all directors and retreatants meet together at its beginning and again at the end.
Because of the intensity of the retreat, applicants must be willing to complete an application. Applicants must also have had some prior experience in spiritual direction, since it is integral to the retreat. If they have not yet been able to have this opportunity, they will be asked to enter into an extended period of spiritual direction with a view toward possibly making the Spiritual Exercises later. Application does not guarantee making this form of the Spiritual Exercises. Acceptance depends upon the applicant’s readiness and the availability of directors.
Application forms are available beginning in January and are due no later than March 31. Acceptances are sent by the end of May. For more information and to request an application, please contact the program office.
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