Image #17 Days-Evenings of PrayerDays, Mornings and 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 lunch, Reconciliation and Mass. Mornings of Prayer are 1/2 day mini-Ignatian retreats from 9:00am – 12:00pm, (concludes with daily mass at 11:30am).  Evenings of Prayer are from 7:00pm to 8:30pm and include input for prayer, private prayer and sharing of the graces for the evening.

 

 

 

 

Days and Mornings of Prayer

Sunday, April 25, 2021 – FOREST BATHING – GUIDED WALKING MEDITATION *NEW

2:00pm - 5:00pm
Outdoor Activity
Restrooms are available inside building

As part of our commitment to incorporate the four Universal Apostolic Preferences of the Society of Jesus into our mission, we are pleased to offer this NEW program which focuses on the apostolic preference, Caring For Our Common Home.
 

Please join us for a guided walking meditation through the beautiful gardens and grounds of Loyola Jesuit Center, inspired by the Japanese practice called shinrin-yoku or its English translation, Forest Bathing. The two and a half-hour walk covers just a short distance and invites you to connect with nature on a deeper level using all five senses. No exceptional skill or physical exertion is required. Studies have demonstrated a wide array of physical, mental and spiritual health and wellness benefits from a slow walk in the forest or other natural environments.

Forest Bathing walks remind us that we are a part of nature, not separate from it, and are related to all other beings in fundamental ways. Forest Bathing will help you unplug from technology, slow down and bring you into the present moment.   

We hope you will join us for this unique, sensory experience. A maximum of 15 people is allowed to maintain proper social distancing. Masks are highly encouraged even though this is an outdoor activity but please check our COVID-19 page for the most current updates to our protocols.  

About the Guide: Rich Collins is a Certified Guide for the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs (ANFT), based in Morristown & Barnegat Light, New Jersey.  His company, Friendly Territory, specializes in Nature & Forest Therapy walks and retreats. He is a husband, proud father and grandfather, entrepreneur, and daily meditator.  Rich’s website is www.thefriendlyterritory.com

Sunday, April 25, 2021 – DAY OF PRAYER – An Ignatian Approach To Decision Making

This Day of Prayer is being offered on-site and virtually.  
9:30am – 3:00pm (9:00am - Coffee and Registration, 9:30am Program Begins, Includes Lunch, Reconciliation and Mass)
Retreat Directors:  Marie Santana and Kirk Reynolds, S.J.

An Introduction to Discernment of Spirits

What should I do? How many times have you asked yourself that question? Ignatius includes a well-thought out series of practices, techniques, and skills based in the spiritual life which highlights that good decision making is a combination of faith and reason. Trust your heart, and use your head too! By making good decisions we bring ourselves closer to God. Learn to understand how interior movements in your heart can guide you, through Consolation and Desolation. And, become more aware of God's messages towards better realizing our life goals and helping us in our everyday life.

Thursday, May 13, 2021 – DAY OF PRAYER – Ascension Thursday

This Day of Prayer is being offered on-site and virtually.  
(9:00am – 3:00pm) Includes Lunch, Reconciliation and Mass
Retreat Director:  Tom Marciniak, S.J.

Sunday, May 23, 2021 – FOREST BATHING – GUIDED WALKING MEDITATION *NEW

2:00pm – 5:00pm
Outdoor Activity
Restrooms are available inside building

As part of our commitment to incorporate the four Universal Apostolic Preferences of the Society of Jesus into our mission, we are pleased to offer this NEW program which focuses on the apostolic preference, Caring For Our Common Home 

Please join us for a guided walking meditation through the beautiful gardens and grounds of Loyola Jesuit Center, inspired by the Japanese practice called shinrin-yoku or its English translation, Forest Bathing. The two and a half-hour walk covers just a short distance and invites you to connect with nature on a deeper level using all five senses. No exceptional skill or physical exertion is required. Studies have demonstrated a wide array of physical, mental and spiritual health and wellness benefits from a slow walk in the forest or other natural environments.

Forest Bathing walks remind us that we are a part of nature, not separate from it, and are related to all other beings in fundamental ways. Forest Bathing will help you unplug from technology, slow down and bring you into the present moment.   

We hope you will join us for this unique, sensory experience. A maximum of 15 people is allowed to maintain proper social distancing. Masks are highly encouraged even though this is an outdoor activity but please check our COVID-19 page for the most current updates to our protocols.  

About the Guide: Rich Collins is a Certified Guide for the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs (ANFT), based in Morristown & Barnegat Light, New Jersey.  His company, Friendly Territory, specializes in Nature & Forest Therapy walks and retreats. He is a husband, proud father and grandfather, entrepreneur, and daily meditator.  Rich's website is www.thefriendlyterritory.com

Thursday, June 3, 2021 – MORNING OF PRAYER – Conversion: Sometimes It Takes A Cannon Ball

This Morning of Prayer is being offered on-site and virtually.  
9:00am – 12:00pm (Concludes with daily mass at 11:30am)
Retreat Directors:  Paul Brian Campbell, S.J. and Linda Baratte

Tuesday, June 15, 2021 – DAY OF PRAYER – Journey with Jonah

This Day of Prayer is being offered on-site and virtually.  
(9:00am – 3:00pm) Includes Lunch, Reconciliation and Mass
Retreat Leader:  Judy Schiavo

Jonah was an angry, disobedient, and narrow-minded person.  Yet, God loved him and called him to be a prophet.  As we spend this day exploring Jonah’s journey, let us observe how God is calling each one of us—with our own sins and foibles-- to a deeper and more loving relationship with our God and with each other.  From what or whom do we want to escape?  Yet, what draws us closer?  Tour guide for this journey into the whale:  Judy Schiavo. Ability to swim is not necessary!

Sunday, June 27, 2021 – FOREST BATHING – GUIDED WALKING MEDITATION *NEW

2:00pm – 5:00pm
Outdoor Activity
Restrooms are available inside building

As part of our commitment to incorporate the four Universal Apostolic Preferences of the Society of Jesus into our mission, we are pleased to offer this NEW program which focuses on the apostolic preference, Caring For Our Common Home 

Please join us for a guided walking meditation through the beautiful gardens and grounds of Loyola Jesuit Center, inspired by the Japanese practice called shinrin-yoku or its English translation, Forest Bathing. The two and a half-hour walk covers just a short distance and invites you to connect with nature on a deeper level using all five senses. No exceptional skill or physical exertion is required. Studies have demonstrated a wide array of physical, mental and spiritual health and wellness benefits from a slow walk in the forest or other natural environments.

Forest Bathing walks remind us that we are a part of nature, not separate from it, and are related to all other beings in fundamental ways. Forest Bathing will help you unplug from technology, slow down and bring you into the present moment.   

We hope you will join us for this unique, sensory experience. A maximum of 15 people is allowed to maintain proper social distancing. Masks are highly encouraged even though this is an outdoor activity but please check our COVID-19 page for the most current updates to our protocols.  

About the Guide: Rich Collins is a Certified Guide for the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs (ANFT), based in Morristown & Barnegat Light, New Jersey.  His company, Friendly Territory, specializes in Nature & Forest Therapy walks and retreats. He is a husband, proud father and grandfather, entrepreneur, and daily meditator.  Rich’s website is www.thefriendlyterritory.com

Evenings of Prayer

January 14, 2021 – May 13, 2021 – VIRTUAL MARRIED COUPLES SERIES

THIS RETREAT IS FULL BUT IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE ADDED TO OUR WAIT LIST, PLEASE FILL OUT THE FORM BELOW AND WE WILL CONTACT YOU IF ANY SPOTS OPEN UP.  

An invitation for married couples to explore and integrate Ignatian Spirituality as you nurture and enrich your Christian marriage!
A 7-SESSION RETREAT
Meets Virtually via Zoom 
BEGINNING JANUARY 14, 2021  *NEW START DATE AND SESSION DATES
January 14, February 11, February 25, March 11, March 25, April 15 & May 13
7:00pm -8:30pm 
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Click here to purchase the book "Falling in Love...Finding God" which we will use during the series
Led By Beverly & Tom Delleart

Mondays, March 15, 2021 – April 26, 2021 – VIRTUAL SPRING BOOK CLUB SERIES

We are pleased to announce that we are offering this book club series virtually.  Please register below.  You will receive details in an email once you register about how to participate via the video conferencing service, Zoom.  

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

For the Spring 2021 book club the invitation is to read My Life with the Saints by James Martin, S.J.

Why should we reflect on the lives of saints?  How can the lives of the saints make a difference in my day to day life?

2020 was a year like no other. Fear, desolation, dissent, cruel injustice, courage, kindness, and love are just a few words that can describe last year.  Looking at the lives of saints similar words can describe their lives and it was their faith and dependence on God that carried them through.  On December 8th, 2020 Pope Francis proclaimed the Year of Saint Joseph.  A special time for the faithful to grow closer to Saint Joseph through prayer and works of love. For our book discussion we will read and faith share on My Life With The Saints by James Martin, SJ.  A book that is not just a book about saints, but is James Martin’s story of how his life has been shaped by some surprising friends—the saints of the Catholic Church. In his story, James Martin introduces us to saints throughout history—from Joan of Arc, St. Joseph, St. Peter, Dorothy Day to St. Francis of Assisi to Mother Teresa—and recalls his lifelong friendships with them. In a very personal way he teaches us how to grow closer to the saints.

Our meeting will be every two weeks beginning on March 15th, March 29th, April 12th, and April 26th

Session 1 -  March 15th   -  Saint in the Sock Drawer – The True Self (pgs. 1 – 72)

Session 2 -  March 29th – Ad Majoreum Dei Gloriam -  Vicar of Christ (pgs. 73 – 208)

Session 3 – April 12th – Living in Her World  –  Hidden Lives (pgs. 209–312)

Session 4 – April 26th –  Who Trusts in God  –  Holy in a Different Way (pgs. 313-391)