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, September 26, 2021 – 2:30 – 5:00pm – FOREST BATHING – GUIDED WALKING MEDITATION *NEW

2:30pm – 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

Wednesday, October 13th – Morning of Prayer

This Morning of Prayer is being offered on-site and virtually.  (9:00am - 11:30am) 
Retreat Leader: Fr. Steve Pugliese, S.J.

The Lord's Own: The People of the Beatitudes

The Beatitudes are found in the fifth chapter of the Gospel according to Matthew. They begin Matthew’s great Sermon on the Mount. That is Matthew’s introduction to the teachings of the Lord. That Matthew puts the Beatitudes at the very beginning, shows their importance to his understanding of what being a follower of Jesus means. They portray an ideal of Christian life that we all need to pay close attention to, the Gospel of Matthew is saying. It is not easy for us today to hear these ideals since they seem to run contrary to so many understandings we hold about life. Poverty, meakness, the sorrowful, the hungry and thirsty, the merciful and pure in heart. These aren't really the people the world pays close attention to.

If we would believe it, Jesus says that true happiness has nothing to do with wealth and power, but rather with just the opposite, poverty, smallness, suffering, longing and persecution. They describe a way of being that at first glance is not at all that attractive. Yet we are challenged to embrace these rather than what our culture says brings happiness. These are the people Jesus blesses.

Join us on a day/morning of prayer as we reflect on these great teachings of Jesus.

Sunday, October 24, 2021 – Day of Prayer – Finding God In All Things: Celebrating the Life of St. Ignatius

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

Finding God In All Things: Celebrating the Life of St. Ignatius

This retreat is about the life of St Ignatius of Loyola, and how his legacy invites us to see the world with open eyes to be able to discern God’s path for our life, —- just like Ignatius experienced during his pilgrimage in Manresa. He encountered many obstacles in his life, and God walked with him to take him through the path He had for him, even when Ignatius did not understand it. This path was anything but ‘straight and narrow.’ Most of us can probably relate to Ignatius’ experience. How many times do we encounter this type of situation in our life? What have been the unexpected twists and turns in my own life when I have failed to see God’s presence? Ignatius’ life can help us to understand and unbind our fears of what may come up in our future.

Sunday, October 24, 2021 – 2:30 – 5:00pm – FOREST BATHING – GUIDED WALKING MEDITATION *NEW

2:30pm – 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

Monday, November 1st – Day of Prayer

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

Wednesday, November 10th – Morning of Prayer

This Morning of Prayer is being offered on-site and virtually.  (9:00am - 11:30am) 
Retreat Leader: Fr. Kirk Reynolds, S.J.

The Eucharist: The Body & Blood of Christ

This morning of prayer will focus on the Eucharist, tracing its roots back to Mt. Sinai, linking it to our own lived experiences of meals and sacrifice, and looking at the unseen challenges inherent in receiving the Body and Blood of Our Lord.

Monday, November 22nd – Day of Prayer

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

The Lord's Own: The People of the Beatitudes

The Beatitudes are found in the fifth chapter of the Gospel according to Matthew. They begin Matthew’s great Sermon on the Mount. That is Matthew’s introduction to the teachings of the Lord. That Matthew puts the Beatitudes at the very beginning, shows their importance to his understanding of what being a follower of Jesus means. They portray an ideal of Christian life that we all need to pay close attention to, the Gospel of Matthew is saying. It is not easy for us today to hear these ideals since they seem to run contrary to so many understandings we hold about life. Poverty, meakness, the sorrowful, the hungry and thirsty, the merciful and pure in heart. These aren't really the people the world pays close attention to.

If we would believe it, Jesus says that true happiness has nothing to do with wealth and power, but rather with just the opposite, poverty, smallness, suffering, longing and persecution. They describe a way of being that at first glance is not at all that attractive. Yet we are challenged to embrace these rather than what our culture says brings happiness. These are the people Jesus blesses.

Join us on a day/morning of prayer as we reflect on these great teachings of Jesus.

Wednesday, December 15th – Day of Prayer

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

Evenings of Prayer

Wednesdays, September 8, 2021 – October 27, 2021 – 8-WEEK SPIRITUAL EXERCISES AT LOYOLA

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.

Fall 2021 Virtual Spiritual Book Club

Virtual Book Club Leader: Karen Florance

The Fall 2021 Virtual Spiritual Book Club we will read Learning to Walk in the Dark by Barbara Brown Taylor.

Are you afraid of the dark? Spending time in the dark for many of us does not come naturally. We may push through the darkness, or even run away.
Instead of avoiding the dark,  Barbara Brown Taylor will guide us through the darkness so as to see the gifts that can be found in the dark.

“Follow Barbara Brown Taylor on her journey to understand darkness, which takes her spelunking an unlit caves, learning to eat and cross the street as a blind person, discovering how “dark emotions” are prevented from seeing light from the psychiatrist, and rereading scripture to see all the times God shows up at night. With her characteristic charm and wisdom, Taylor is our guide through a spirituality of the nighttime, teaching us how to find God even in darkness and giving us a way to let darkness teach us what we need to know.”

About the author…

Barbara Brown Taylor is a best-selling author, teacher, and Episcopal priest.  Her first memoir, Leaving Church, won an Author of the Year award from the Georgia Writers Association in 2006.  Her next three books earned places on the New York Times bestseller list.  Taylor has served on the faculties of Piedmont College, Emory University, Mercer University, Columbia Seminary, Oblate School of Theology, and the Certificate in Theological Studies program at Arrendale State Prison for Women in Alto, Georgia. Her latest book, Always a Guest, was released in October 2020 from Westminster John Knox Press.

Session Dates

7:00pm - 8:30pm

Session 1 – September 13th - Chapters – Introduction:  Treasures of Darkness – The Fear of the Lord (pgs. 1 – 58)
Session 2 – September 20th - Chapters – Hampered by Brilliance – The Dark Emotions (pgs. 59-89)
Session 3 – September 27th - Chapters – The Eyes of the Blind – The Dark Night of the Soul (pgs. 91– 148)
Session 4 – October 4th - Chapters – Working with Darkness – Blessing the Day (pgs. 149 – 187)

 

Tuesday, October 26th – Evening of Prayer

This Evening of Prayer is being offered on-site and virtually.  (7:00pm - 8:30pm) 
Retreat Leader: Thomas R. Marciniak, S.J.