As summer approaches, our responsibilities and work as adults continue without pause. It may seem ironic that taking time out of our busy lives to engage in three days of silent prayer can makes us more present and fruitful upon re-entering the world after the retreat. However, it truly does. So, what does St. Ignatius, a 16th-century soldier-turned-monk, have to offer men of the 21st century?
During our weekend together, we will focus on the “Contemplation on the Love of God” from the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. Through this, we will reflect upon God’s unwavering love and how we can respond to such a generous giver in our own lives. The retreat combines presentations by Fr. Fleming, guided prayer experiences, and time for one-on-one individual conversations with a spiritual director. You will be introduced to or reminded of ways of praying such as The Examen, imaginative prayer using biblical stories, centering prayer, and quiet meditation. The opportunity to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist will also be available.
As we embark on this retreat, let us recognize that dedicating time to silent prayer can have a profound impact on our lives and our ability to navigate the challenges of the modern world. Let us embrace this opportunity for reflection, renewal, and deepening our connection with God.
This is a silent retreat. Guests are expected to maintain a sacred silence throughout the retreat, including at meals, unless otherwise noted.
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 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 and serves on the Board of Trustees of St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Penn.
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