Image #17 Days-Evenings of PrayerDays/Evenings of Prayer are an opportunity to get a taste of the Loyola retreat experience. Days of Prayer are Ignatian mini-retreats in semi-silence from 9:00am to 3:00pm (unless otherwise noted) and include a light breakfast and lunch, Reconciliation and Mass. Evenings are from 7:00pm to 8:30pm and include input for prayer, private prayer and sharing of the graces for the evening.





Days of Prayer

Thursday, April 23, 2020 – DAY OF PRAYER – Recognizing The Risen Christ In Our Midst!

(9:00am – 3:00pm) Includes Breakfast and Lunch, Reconciliation and Mass
Led by:  Rev. George Collins, S.J.

Thursday, May 14, 2020 – DAY OF PRAYER – Pentecost

(9:00am - 3:00pm)  Includes Breakfast and Lunch, Reconciliation and Mass
Led by:  Anna Graziano, Spiritual Director

Pentecost is among the four major holidays in the Christian year. On Christmas, there is much pomp and circumstance; on Good Friday there are special traditional services; Easter is the Great Halleluiah! On Pentecost, we greet the descent of the Holy Spirit with a kind of silence rather than the joyful shouts so deserved.

Everything is different because now the Holy Spirit has come upon us through Jesus, who died and rose from the dead and is now living at the right hand of God and sends forth his Spirit upon us. The more we reflect on that, we are drawn into the joy of the message of Jesus.


Thursday, May 21, 2020 – DAY OF PRAYER – Ascension Thursday

(9:00am – 3:00pm) Includes Breakfast and Lunch, Reconciliation, Mass and the distribution of ashes  

Led by:  Rev. Tom Marciniak, S.J.

Thursday, June 4, 2020 – DAY OF PRAYER

(9:00am – 3:00pm) Includes Breakfast and Lunch, Reconciliation, Mass and the distribution of ashes  

Led by:  Rev. Steve Pugliese, S.J.

Evenings of Prayer

Wednesdays, March 4, 2020 – April 22, 2020 – SPIRITUAL EXERCISES 8 WEEK FORMAT

8 consecutive Wednesday evenings
(7:00pm - 8:30pm)  
Led by Marie Santana

The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola are a program of meditations, prayers, considerations, and contemplative practices that help Christian faith become more fully alive in the everyday life of contemporary people. They are a way for everyone to seek and find God in their workplaces, homes, families, and community.

The Spiritual Exercises (SE) were written by St Ignatius of Loyola during the 1530’s. He was very clear to state that the SE could be adapted to whatever situation, allowing “more” people to experience them. In particular, this version has been adapted to offer the SE to those with full-time jobs, busy families, and/or others who cannot afford the length of time of the 19th Annotation Retreat in Daily Life (30 weeks, meeting once a week with a spiritual director) or the 30 Day Away Retreat.

The SE 8-Week Format (meets once a week for 1.5 hours): This version contains all the topics that are part of the Original (all 4 IGNATIAN WEEKS) without compromising its integrity. The consolidation and new structure is achieved by the selection of each topic without the “repetition” that is part of the Original Version. It includes scripture as well as commentary by various Jesuit sources, giving it a fresh, updated view and richer in its diversity of thought.

Thursdays (Bi-weekly) September 5, 2019 through July 23, 2020 – BIBLE STUDY SERIES

Bi-Weekly on Thursday Evenings
(7:00pm - 8:00pm)
Led by Rev. Steve Pugliese, S.J.

Won’t you please join our Bible Study here at Loyola!  This is our gift to you. The study takes place every other Thursday evening at 7:00pm and is held in the second floor conference room (if the location changes, a sign will be posted when you enter Loyola). It will continue until July 2020 at which time it will break for the summer and resume the following September.

ALL ARE WELCOME - ANYTIME during the study, even if you missed some weeks!

Mondays, April 13, 2020 – May 4, 2020 – SPRING BOOK CLUB SERIES

4 Week Series on Monday Evenings
(7:00pm – 8:30pm)
Led by Karen Florance

Join us as we read and faith share An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith by Barbara Brown Taylor.

“In An Altar in the World, Barbara Brown Taylor shares how she learned to encounter God far beyond the walls of the church. Taylor reveals meaningful ways to discover the sacred in the small things we do and see, from simple practices such as walking, working, and prayer. Something as ordinary as hanging clothes on a clothesline becomes an act of meditation if we pay attention to what we're doing and take time to notice the sights, smells, and sounds around us. Making eye contact with the cashier at the grocery store becomes a moment of true human connection. Allowing yourself to get lost leads to new discoveries. As we incorporate these practices into our daily lives, we begin to discover altars everywhere we go, in nearly everything we do. Through Taylor's expert guidance and delicate, thought-provoking prose, we learn to live with purpose, pay attention, slow down, and revere the world we live in.” ~Goodreads

About the author

Barbara Brown Taylor is a New York Times best-selling author, teacher, and Episcopal priest. She has served on the faculties of Piedmont College, Columbia Theological Seminary, Candler School of Theology at Emory University, McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University, and the Certificate in Theological Studies program at Arrendale State Prison for Women in Alto, Georgia. In 2014 TIME included her on its annual list of Most Influential People; in 2015 she was named Georgia Woman of the Year; in 2016 she received The President’s Medal at the Chautauqua Institution in New York. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Mercer University.

Our evenings will include chapter review, faith sharing on reflection questions, as well as time for private prayer. Please purchase the book on your own prior to the first evening. We recommend purchasing the book through Amazon Smile which donates a portion of the purchase price back to Loyola.

Session 1 - April 13th - Chapters - Introduction - The Practice of Wearing Skin (pgs xiii – 51)

Session 2 - April 20th - Chapters - The Practice of Walking on the Earth – The Practice of Encountering Others (pgs 53– 105)

Session 3 - April 27th - Chapters - The Practice of Living with Purpose – The Practice of Carrying Water (pgs 107 – 153)

Session 4 - May 4th - Chapters - The Practice of Feeling Pain – The Practice of Pronouncing Blessings (pgs 157 – 209)