Lent can serve as a rich time of preparation for Easter’s glory. It is filled with desert experiences, wisdom teachings, and heartfelt farewells. These dry, wise, and passionate times are reflected in our lives, and not limited only to Lent. Join us as we journey with Jesus and his earliest followers through the passion, death, and resurrection that define all our experiences of death and new life, joy and grief, hope and despair, love and loss. We will dip into the deep well of Ignatian spirituality that invites us into a life-giving relationship with God and neighbor through prayer and contemplation.
You’ll be presented with suggestions to help you silently and prayerfully discern big or small stirrings in your heart as someone who wants to grow closer to your creator. The retreat includes guided presentations and plenty of personal time for reflection and rest.
This is a silent retreat. Guests will be supported in keeping a sacred silence throughout the weekend, including at meals.
Rev. James J. Fleming, SJ is from the USA East Province of the Society of Jesus and has been a Jesuit priest for 25 years. He joined Ignatius House on Aug. 3, 2022 as Spiritual Director and Director of Mission Outreach. Previously, he was the executive director of Campion Conference & Renewal Center in Weston, Ma., and president of Wheeling Jesuit University (WJU). Before joining the leadership team at WJU, Fleming taught at Boston College (BC) and worked as director of mission assessment & planning in the Office of Mission and Ministry at BC, where he led a national research project related to the spiritual development of college students. While at BC, he served as spiritual director for student retreat programs and offered retreats and spiritual direction for faculty and administrators. He trained as a spiritual director at St. Bueno’s in Wales, UK, at Cova de Sant Ignasi in Manresa, Spain, and at the Jesuit School of Theology at the Santa Clara University where he earned a Master’s of Divinity with a focus in scripture and spirituality. He holds a Ph.D. in educational policy, organization, measurement, and evaluation from the University of California, Berkeley. He served as lecturer and the Director of the University Academy at the University of San Francisco, and as an instructor of Urban Education at SCU. Fleming is a member of the National Board of the Ignatian Volunteer Corps, currently serves on the Board of Trustees of St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and previously served on the Boards of Nativity Prep Boston and Boston College High School.