Since opening its’ doors for retreats in 1927, Loyola has successfully adopted a Free Will Offering approach of accepting donations of any size for its retreats. These donations are the primary source of revenue for Loyola. In this regard Loyola is unique, even compared to its other Jesuit retreat houses. All are welcome at Loyola – lay and religious, women and men, youth and seniors – regardless of their financial status. Limited financial resources should not prevent anyone from making a retreat. While we have fixed costs associated with each retreat and program, no one is ever turned away because they cannot afford it.
We understand that financial difficulty is one of life’s many hardships. Our only desire is for people to bring life’s challenges to God through the prayer of the Loyola retreat experience which is designed to facilitate both communication with God and God’s healing touch.
We do ask all retreatants to consider the reality of the value of all that is received during a retreat. The suggested Free Will Offering for a retreat at Loyola varies, depending on the type of retreat. For a Weekend Retreat or Mid-Week Retreat, the suggested offering is currently $300, a Week-long Directed Retreat during Holy Week and the Summer months is $560, a Week-long Summer Preached retreat is $480, the Holy Week Sacred Triduum Preached Retreat is $320, a Day of Prayer is $40, and an Evening of Prayer is $20. Any amount given above the suggested contribution is considered a tax-deductible gift.
The generosity of retreatants who can offer more than the suggested donation helps us to cover the expenses of caring for and cleaning our beautiful house and sacred spaces and providing a retreat to all regardless of their current ability to contribute. Most importantly, we emphasize that each retreatant should feel comfortable with whatever they donate.
Retreatants may also pay over time through the Loyola Retreat Early Offering Program.