About The Retreat

Personal Reflection and Prayer

Each weekend retreat offers a time for quiet reflection and prayer, spiritual renewal, and consideration of how the Lord is calling a person to live out his faith. The Jesuit Retreat Director guides the group using the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola. Each day, the Retreat Director offers four or five conferences that give the participants material for reflection. After each conference, there is time for quiet reflection and prayer. Collectively, each man creates an environment of silence when he commits himself to a weekend of silence. This silence allows each man to focus on listening to the word of God and to pray quietly without distractions. We hold to the wisdom of our tradition: “The silence of a man makes audible the voice of God and disposes a man to pray.”

Sacraments and Devotions

The Rosary is prayed each day by the group at 2 pm. The Catholic Mass is celebrated each day at 5:15 pm. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered any time during the retreat after the conferences. After the 2:30 pm conference, Saturday afternoon is set aside for this sacrament for those who wish to receive it. In addition, the priests on staff are available after each conference during the day for private consultation and spiritual direction.

Stations of the Cross

Stations of the Cross can be made privately anytime during the retreat.

Smoking

All of the buildings at the Jesuit Retreat House are nonsmoking. Smoking is allowed outside of the buildings.

Articles For Sale

Candy, soda and other sundry articles may be purchased in Keegan.

Private Conferences

Members of the staff will be available shortly after each of the four conferences during the day for private consultation in their small conference rooms. They are not available after the evening conference.

Promptness

Rise promptly in the morning and turn on your light, so that the bell ringer won’t have to pound on your door. Be prompt for all exercises. Coming late disturbs everybody!

Telephone

The only phone available to the retreatants is just inside the door to the staff quarters.

Non-Catholics

You are most welcome to attend all the exercises but do not receive Holy Communion. However, at communion, non-Catholics are welcome to come forward to receive a blessing.

Silence

Strict silence is demanded during the entire retreat, except during the recreation periods after dinner in the evening. You cannot make a good retreat unless you are recollected, and you cannot be recollected unless you keep silent. You also owe your fellow retreatants the courtesy of this silence. The silence of a man makes audible the voice of God and disposes a man to pray.

ATTENDANCE IS REQUIRED FROM SUPPER ON THURSDAY NIGHT UNTIL AFTER THE MEETING ON SUNDAY AT 7:30 PM. IF YOU CANNOT BE HERE FOR THE WHOLE TIME, COME ON A WEEKEND ON WHICH YOU CAN.