The Ignatian Spiritual Exercises
in everyday life
A Prayer Journey with the Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life
What are the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises?
The Ignatian Spiritual Exercises, developed by St. Ignatius of Loyola, offer anyone who undertakes them a spiritually transformative experience of prayer, immersion in Scripture, discernment, and intimacy with God. Their purpose is to deepen your awareness of God’s love for you and all creation and the things that hold you back from responding to that love, and grow you in your calling to live out God’s love in the world. The Exercises take place over four “weeks” (not literal calendar weeks but more like stages on a journey or movements in a symphony).
What is the time commitment?
We are offering the 19th Annotation of the Exercises, which was designed to be undertaken during everyday life with all that it includes. The entire journey is approximately 9 months, but may be shorter or longer depending on individual needs. It generally starts in October and ends in June.
During these 9 months, the daily commitment is to 40 - 60 minutes of prayer with time to reflect and journal afterward. There is also a weekly meeting with your Spiritual Director for up to 1 hour.
We are also offering the 18th Annotation of the Exercises, which comprises 10 weeks plus an introductory meeting. The daily time commitment is similar (or slightly shorter) and you will also meet weekly with a director. Depending on whether you are meeting as an individual or with a group, sessions with a director will last a half hour to an hour and a half.
Are the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises a good fit for me?
The Spiritual Exercises are available to anyone seeking a deepening awareness of God’s love who is able to commit to
spending time daily in prayer and weekly meetings with a Spiritual Director. We invite you to pray and consider your
spiritual desires and your availability during this season of life.
Will you be able to commit to these disciplines of regular prayer, Scripture reading and reflection, and spiritual direction?
Are you in a time of significant transition or stress? If so, it may be best to wait for a steadier season in your life.
If you need help in discerning, our Spiritual Directors would be happy to have a conversation with you.
What is the cost?
The cost for the 19th Annotation is $1600. It can be paid at once or in 9 monthly installments of $180.
For the 18th Annotation, costs vary depending on whether you are undertaking them individually or with a small group. For an individual, the cost is $550 for the 10 weeks. For a group, each person in the group pays $300. There may also be a small purchase price for a Spiritual Exercises book or other material.
Are you interested in learning more?
We invite you to set up a meeting with one of our directors, Carrie and Janine, to learn more!
19th Annotation (Longer Version)
Time Commitment: Approximately 32 weeks, starting in the fall and going through spring
Meetings: One 50 minute direction session per week
18th Annotation (Shorter Version)
Format: Individual or Group
Time Commitment: 10 weeks (plus an introductory meeting), offered several times during the year
For Individuals - One 30 minute direction session per week
For Groups - One 45 to 90 minute direction session per week (depending on group size)
Required Text: An Ignatian Experience, Vicky Wehmeyer (available here for a donation to Sustainable Faith)