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Weekend Retreat: The Art of Ignatian Prayer

November 15 @ 6:00 pm - November 17 @ 12:00 pm


Directed by Fr. Jim Fleming, SJ


This weekend guided retreat is designed for all spiritual seekers. You do not need to be an artist to participate. We will use poetry, music, and the visual arts to explore the integration of art and imaginative prayer in the Ignatian tradition. We will consider the role of the human imagination in our prayer experiences, as a way to perceive our relationship with God freshly.  We will exercise our creative imagination that goes to the depth of reality and begins reclaiming it. As Adolfo Nicolas, SJ has said, “Depth of thought and imagination in the Ignatian tradition involves a profound engagement with the real, a refusal to let go until one goes beneath the surface. We start there. We don’t run away from there.

The retreat includes guided presentations and plenty of personal time for reflection and rest. There will be opportunities for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Catholic Mass and spiritual conversations with our spiritual directors.


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 joins Ignatius House on Aug. 1, 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.




November 15 @ 6:00 pm
November 17 @ 12:00 pm
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