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Lenten Retreat (Palm Sunday): A Weekend of Passion

March 22 @ 6:00 pm - March 24 @ 12:00 pm


Directed by Fr. Jim Fleming, SJ


Being with Jesus in his passion teaches us so much about our own passionate lives – the extent to which we love is in direct proportion to the loss we feel when a love is changed or gone. Our relationship with God is deepened every time we open ourselves to God’s self-emptying in the person of Jesus Christ. We will pray for the graces of the Third Week of the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius, especially to “be with” Jesus in his human sorrow as we prepare for Holy Week. Participants will be introduced to important principles of Jesuit prayer and engage in meditations based on key aspects of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola including: grace, discerning God’s dream for us, imaginative prayer, and the Examen. The retreat combines elements of guided prayer experiences, silent periods of meditation, and individual one-on-one spiritual conversations with a spiritual director as well as opportunities for Eucharistic Adoration and the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist.


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.







March 22 @ 6:00 pm
March 24 @ 12:00 pm
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Sandy Springs, GA 30328 United States
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