Praying the Spiritual Exercises

The Month-long Format

The Spiritual Exercises – Month-long Format

Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center will offer the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola in a month-long (thirty-three night) retreat, from Friday, June 30, 2023 to Wednesday, August 2, 2023.

What are the Spiritual Exercises?

The Spiritual Exercises are a collection of meditations, prayers, and contemplative practices intended to help people to deepen their intimacy with God. By entering into a personal experience of the mystery of Jesus’s life, death, and resurrection, one can grow in love for Jesus and into a closer discipleship to him. The Exercises are a proven school of prayer and discernment and can help a person faced with a significant life decision to discover and to choose what God hopes for them.

The entire retreat is conducted in silence and solitude and is well-suited to a person who:

  • has made one or more individually directed Ignatian retreats (of five to eight days);
  • has a habit of daily contemplative prayer; and
  • has recent experience of ongoing spiritual direction, which demonstrates their ability to articulate their experience of prayer and to entrust it to a trained retreat director.

During the Exercises, one typically prays four or five times a day and sees their retreat director once a day. Except for that daily meeting, one maintains silence at all times. To maintain one’s focus on the Exercises, they limit their other activities during the retreat.

The Spiritual Exercises begin on Friday, June 30, 2023, at 6:00 pm and conclude on Wednesday, August 2, 2023 at 12:00 pm.

The cost for this retreat is $3,200. No payment may be made until you have completed and submitted your application form and supporting materials, and until that application has been approved and an interview has taken place.

For more information, or to request the application form, please contact Fr. Bill Noe, S.J. at

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