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 9:30am 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.

To view our Days of Prayer Brochure click here.

To view our Evenings of Prayer Brochure click here.

 

 

Days of Prayer

Monday, October 2, 2017 – DAY OF PRAYER – The Good Shepherd

(9:30am - 3:00pm)  Includes Breakfast and Lunch
Led by Judy Schiavo

At least ten times in the Gospels Jesus refers to himself as Shepherd and we as his sheep. In our own industrial and social media age, how do these images help us to deepen our experience of God?  Come, find out, and spend a day in prayer and reflection.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 – DAY OF PRAYER – All Saints Day

(9:00am - 3:00pm) Includes Breakfast and Lunch  *Please take note of the 9:00am start time
Led By Rev. Tom Marciniak, S.J.

Join us for a Day of Prayer which includes Mass on this Holy Day of Obligation.

Sunday, November 19, 2017 – DAY OF PRAYER – BioSpiritual Focusing

(2:00pm - 5:00pm)  *Please take note this program is an afternoon not a full day
Led by Sr. Helen Beairsto, RC

BioSpiritual Focusing is a way to pray using the inner wisdom of our body.  It is a process that refers to the inclusive awareness of our body in prayer. It is a spiritual process that helps us to become aware of our felt senses and teaches us how to allow them to be part of our prayer encounters with God. It teaches us the body felt awareness of grace movement within and can be helpful in our discernments. For many, this is the way of living the sentir of the body. BioSpiritual Focusing is a process that makes use of the Gendlin Focusing Process and creates a new non-therapeutic format where the Paschal Mystery in our everyday life is honored and guides us into more Life. This newer form of process was created by Rev. Peter Campbell and Rev. Edwin McMahon.

Come and spend the afternoon learning about this process and the ways it can enhance your spiritual life in daily events as well as praying with sacred Scripture. It is one that lends itself to singular practice or in companionship with others.

Friday, December 8, 2017 – DAY OF PRAYER – Advent – Feast of the Immaculate Conception

(9:00am - 3:00pm) Includes Breakfast and Lunch *Please take note of the 9:00am start time
Led By Rev. Tom Marciniak, S.J.

Join us for this Day of Prayer during Advent which includes Mass on this Holy Day of Obligation.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 – DAY OF PRAYER – Hope in Darkness

(9:30am – 3:00pm) Includes Breakfast and Lunch
Led by Anna Graziano

Dark Night: Through darkness and doubt often comes the greatest strengthening of our faith.  In the silence of this “night of faith” we return to simplicity and sincerity of heart. We learn deeper listening for God's will, in direct and simple attention to reality.  It is a place which leads to a deeply tranquil and joyful spirituality since it brings us in direct contact with The Source of all joy and all life - Jesus Christ. (adapted from Thomas Merton)

Thursday, March 1, 2018 – DAY OF PRAYER – Lent

(9:30am – 3:00pm) Includes Breakfast and Lunch
Led by TBD

Saturday, March 10, 2018 – DAY OF PRAYER – Spiritual Awareness

(9:30am - 3:00pm)  Includes Breakfast and Lunch
Led by Marie Santana

Spiritual Awareness is the effort to notice what is happening in our spiritual experience, what is stirring in our hearts and thoughts.  Do we ever consciously stop to become aware of what is stirring within?  The more we are aware, the more we are able to help something new arise in our life: God’s perfect will and desire. God is speaking to us in our day to day experiences. Are we present enough and attentive enough to hear His call? His answer to our prayers?  Learn how to be more present and aware, and how to “connect the dots” that lead us to God’s love and His calling in our life.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 – DAY OF PRAYER

(9:30am – 3:00pm) Includes Breakfast and Lunch
Led by TBD


Saturday, April 14, 2018 – DAY OF PRAYER – An Ignatian Approach to Decision Making

(9:30am - 3:00pm)  Includes Breakfast and Lunch
Led by Marie Santana

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, you bring yourself 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 your life goals. (This is an introduction to Discernment of Spirits)

Thursday, May 17, 2018 – DAY OF PRAYER – Pentecost: A Time to Awaken

(9:30am - 3:00pm)  Includes Breakfast and Lunch
Led by Anna Graziano

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.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 – DAY OF PRAYER

(9:30am – 3:00pm) Includes Breakfast and Lunch
Led by TBD

Evenings of Prayer

Wednesdays, September 13, 2017 through November 1, 2017 – Spiritual Exercises (8-Week Format)

(7:00pm - 8:30pm, $20 per session)
Led by Marie Santana

The Spiritual Exercises were written by St. Ignatius of Loyola during the 1530’s. He was very clear to state that the Spiritual Exercises could be adapted to whatever situation, allowing “more” people to experience them. In particular, this version has been adapted to offer the Spiritual Exercises 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 Spiritual Exercises 8-Week Format meets once a week on Wednesdays in the evening from 7:00pm - 8:30pm. 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.

Mondays, October 16, 2017 through November 6, 2017 – Spiritual Book Club Series (4 Weeks)

(7:00pm - 8:30pm)
Led by Karen Florance

Please join us as we read and faith share on the engaging and inspiring book Dangerous Memories: A Mosaic of Mary in Scripture by Elizabeth A. Johnson.  In her book, Elizabeth A. Johnson, CSJ presents Mary of Nazareth as depicted in the 13 Gospels and explores the questions “How can our generation carry forward the rich, living tradition of honoring Mary? How can we, living in a multicultural church in the twenty – first century, appreciate Mary’s significance for our life of faith and its practice?” Dangerous Memories is taken from her acclaimed book Truly Our Sister: A Theology of Mary in the Communion of Saints.  Elizabeth A. Johnson, CSJ is a Distinguished Professor of Theology at Fordham University and an award-winning Catholic author and educator.  Our evenings include chapter review, faith sharing on reflection questions, as well as time for private prayer.  The book can be purchased at the Loyola Jesuit Center bookstore or on your own.

Wednesdays, February 21, 2018 through April 11, 2018 – Spiritual Exercises (8-Week Format)

(7:00pm - 8:30pm, $20 per session)
Led by Marie Santana

The Spiritual Exercises were written by St. Ignatius of Loyola during the 1530’s. He was very clear to state that the Spiritual Exercises could be adapted to whatever situation, allowing “more” people to experience them. In particular, this version has been adapted to offer the Spiritual Exercises 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 Spiritual Exercises 8-Week Format meets once a week on Wednesdays in the evening from 7:00pm - 8:30pm. 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.

Mondays, April 9, 2018 through April 30, 2018 – Spiritual Book Club Series (4 Weeks)

(7:00pm - 8:30pm)
Led by Karen Florance

Join us as we read and faith share Falling Upward: Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life by Richard Rohr. In Falling Upward, Father Richard Rohr--the founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation--offers a new paradigm for understanding one of the most profound of life's mysteries: how our failings can be the foundation for our ongoing spiritual growth. Drawing on the wisdom from time-honored myths, heroic poems, great thinkers, and religious texts, the author explores the two halves of life to show that those who have fallen, failed, or "gone down" are the only ones who understand "up." Rohr takes the reader on a journey to understand how the heartbreaks and disappointments of life are stepping stones to the spiritual joys that the second half of life has in store. Our evenings will include chapter review, faith sharing on reflection questions, as well as time for private prayer.  The book can be purchased at the Loyola Jesuit Center bookstore or on your own.