Weekend_Retreats_Photo1Based on the methodology and content of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, weekend retreats are conducted in an atmosphere of prayerful silence and include Scriptural prayer, daily Mass, generous amounts of time for prayer and personal reflection, Spiritual Direction, Reconciliation and a Healing Mass. Each retreat weekend focuses on a different theme and is designed to help you discover God’s flame within. Silence is maintained between individuals and during meals so that each retreatant has time and space to connect deeply with God. Weekend retreats are offered for men and women.  Some weekends are for both men and women. A typical weekend retreat at Loyola begins on Friday evening with dinner at 6:00pm and ends on Sunday after Mass and lunch around 1:00pm. Weekend_Retreats_Photo2Mid-week retreats are also sometimes offered and follow the same format as a Weekend Retreat.

 

 

 

 


Weekend Retreat Schedule

January 21–23 – Men’s Weekend Retreat – “Freedom & Awareness”

This retreat is ON-SITE with no social distancing, but will also be taking place VIRTUALLY, if there is enough interest, so please indicate on the registration form below whether you will be attending in-person or virtually.  

Click here to watch a video which speaks to the ending of our COVID restrictions.

Retreat Director: Fr. Kirk Reynolds, S.J. & Marie Santana

Traditionally sponsored by Dominic Galdieri

“Freedom & Awareness”

The Spiritual Exercises invite us to experience and respond to the love of God, showing us how to become free from anything in our lives that could keep us from this life-giving gift. To receive this blessing from the Holy Spirit, we have to become aware of the many ways God speaks to us every day and in every situation. This retreat will address these meaningful Ignatian principles, opening doors for spiritual growth and deeper meaning in your life.

January 28–30 – Weekend Retreat – “The Spiritual Decision- The Beginning of True Discipleship”

This retreat is ON-SITE with no social distancing, but will also be taking place VIRTUALLY, if there is enough interest, so please indicate on the registration form below whether you will be attending in-person or virtually.  

Click here to watch a video which speaks to the ending of our COVID restrictions.

Retreat Director: Fr. Steve Pugliese, S.J.

Traditionally sponsored by Fr. Storck

“The Spiritual Decision- The Beginning of True Discipleship”

Every day we make innumerable decisions. These are basically choices we make — when to get up, what to wear, the first thing we will do, what we read, where we will go. Most of these we barely think about or spend much time in making. However, there are other decisions that have life-long ramifications for us. These we often spend a great deal of time and thought making. They include vocation decisions such as education, marriage, children and career. But even more important than those are what we call our spiritual decisions.

Spiritual decisions arise from questions such as: “Why am I alive?” “What is my destiny?” “What is most important in life?” “What is God asking of me?”

Join us as we discuss what spiritual decisions entail and what they are. Have I made a spiritual decision? What have I decided? How do I know if it comes from God? How do I engage my decision so that it changes my life?

February 4–6 – Weekend Retreat – “Freedom & Awareness”

This retreat is ON-SITE with no social distancing, but will also be taking place VIRTUALLY, if there is enough interest, so please indicate on the registration form below whether you will be attending in-person or virtually.  

Click here to watch a video which speaks to the ending of our COVID restrictions.

Retreat Director: Fr. Kirk Reynolds, S.J. & Marie Santana

Traditionally sponsored by St. Isaac Jogues; Fr. Washington, VanAlen, et al

“Freedom & Awareness”

The Spiritual Exercises invite us to experience and respond to the love of God, showing us how to become free from anything in our lives that could keep us from this life-giving gift. To receive this blessing from the Holy Spirit, we have to become aware of the many ways God speaks to us every day and in every situation. This retreat will address these meaningful Ignatian principles, opening doors for spiritual growth and deeper meaning in your life.

February 11–13 – Women’s Weekend Retreat – Make Ordinary Time an Extraordinary Time – CENTERING PRAYER RETREAT

This retreat is ON-SITE with no social distancing, but will also be taking place VIRTUALLY, if there is enough interest, so please indicate on the registration form below whether you will be attending in-person or virtually.  

Click here to watch a video which speaks to the ending of our COVID restrictions.

Retreat Director: Mrs. Anna Graziano

Anna is a certified spiritual director, retreat director, supervisor of spiritual directors, director of the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius and a bereavement facilitator. She helps men and women in their efforts to listen for the voice of God in Scripture, prayer, dreams, and in the ordinary events of life. Anna has served for over 40 years in the Newark Archdiocese, Paterson Diocese and Trenton Diocese offering adult spirituality in parishes and retreat centers.

Anna and Tom are married with 4 married children, eight grandchildren and a new great grandson. Their parish is St Thomas the Apostle in Bloomfield, NJ. where she has been offering adult spirituality for 40 yrs.

Make Ordinary Time an Extraordinary Time - CENTERING PRAYER RETREAT

The song begins like this: “I’ll be with you in apple blossom time…. what a wonderful time for you and me…”

Here we are beginning the first part of “Ordinary Time” which is far from dull or mundane but actually meant to be a “wonderful time for you and me” as the song says.  A time to celebrate our own journey and follow Jesus and walk with him just us as the disciples did in Luke 24:31-32 allowing Jesus to take us deeper into the mysteries of His life, His healings and teachings.  “Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him… asking each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”

Through Contemplation and Centering Prayer this weekend offers you an opportunity to enter deeply into the quiet and experience that burning heart the disciples speak of. 

“This is the space in our lives where we practice being rather than doing; it is the space where we remain in Jesus as he remains in us.  There is no way to arrive at this place except through the gentle practice of romancing the Word of God.”

-- “Abide”  by Macrina Wiederkehr

February 18 – 20 – Men’s Weekend Retreat – “Meeting the Living God: Spirituality for the 21st Century”

Retreat director – Fr. Thomas R. Marciniak, S.J.

NEW MEN’S RETREAT – Sponsored by Christ the King Parish

“Meeting the Living God: Spirituality for the 21st Century”

One can say that the last true revolution in spirituality came with the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola in the sixteenth century. During the past one hundred years our human race has undergone many radical paradigm shifts in our understanding of ourselves and the world we live in, paradigm shifts demanded by medicine, astronomy, paleontology, anthropology, economics, psychology, theology and other fields of science. These paradigm shifts create a certain sense of being dislodged, shaken, losing our anchor, adrift. Our spiritual tectonic plates have shifted creating a new landscape.

Our weekend retreat will help us understand this new landscape in mind and heart with a particular emphasis on accompanying men in the joys and struggles they face to understand the Word of God in our contemporary circumstances and to deepen our call to be co-laborers with Christ for the salvation of this world during our unique time in history. My hope is that we will develop a spiritual skill-set to help us put this new understanding into our daily lives of committed discipleship. This retreat will include the traditional Saturday night Eucharistic prayer experience with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. Please join us on this exciting adventure of faith and discovery.

Please Note: While we will not be following the format of the traditional Preached and Directed retreats this weekend, there will be ample opportunity for personal time spent in meditation, walking in our beautiful gardens, participating in the sacrament of Reconciliation and a healing Mass, and sharing in the Sunday Mass together.

February 25 – 27 – Men’s Weekend Retreat – “The Spiritual Decision- The Beginning of True Discipleship”

Retreat director – Fr. Steve Pugliese, S.J.

Traditionally sponsored by Fr. Shealy Retreat Guild

“The Spiritual Decision- The Beginning of True Discipleship”

Every day we make innumerable decisions. These are basically choices we make — when to get up, what to wear, the first thing we will do, what we read, where we will go. Most of these we barely think about or spend much time in making. However, there are other decisions that have life-long ramifications for us. These we often spend a great deal of time and thought making. They include vocation decisions such as education, marriage, children and career. But even more important than those are what we call our spiritual decisions.

Spiritual decisions arise from questions such as: “Why am I alive?” “What is my destiny?” “What is most important in life?” “What is God asking of me?”

Join us as we discuss what spiritual decisions entail and what they are. Have I made a spiritual decision? What have I decided? How do I know if it comes from God? How do I engage my decision so that it changes my life?

March 4-6 – Weekend Retreat – “I Call You Friend”

Retreat directors: Linda Baratte, Ph.D and Paul Brian Campbell, SJ

Traditionally sponsored by Pat McGann, New York Labor, et al

“I Call You Friend”

A weekend retreat for men and women inspired by the friendship between Ignatius of Loyola and Francis Xavier as we celebrate the 400th anniversary of their canonization on March 12.

What is a friend?  -- a friend in the Lord? - a friend with the Lord?

As part of his tender farewell recorded for us in the Gospel of John, Jesus offered his disciples a vision of friendship as a deeply holy practice, a living out of a life of love that mirrors the very heart of the Trinity. Both Ignatius and Francis Xavier embodied this understanding in their commitment to the Spiritual Exercises --  a way of encountering God as a God of affection and companionship, our friend -- and in their own personal friendship, where that divine love for us was made more credible.

What might this invitation to holy friendship mean in the age of social media, where the answer to "Will you friend me?" is only a click away, and where we are free to be anyone we pretend to be?  During our retreat, we will explore models of friendship from Scripture and our Catholic and Jesuit heritage, plus witnesses of holy friendships in contemporary times. We will leave with a deeper gratitude for the God-given, holy friendships in our lives --  a love in the particular.

For those who wish, there will be time for shared conversation after our presentations and at meal times. Although we won't follow the traditional weekend retreat format this weekend, there will be ample opportunity for personal time spent in meditation and prayer, walking in our beautiful gardens, participating in the sacrament of Reconciliation and a healing Mass, and sharing in the Sunday Mass together.

Bring a friend or make a new one!

March 11 – 13 – Weekend Retreat – “Meeting the Living God: Spirituality for the 21st Century”

Retreat director – Fr. Thomas R. Marciniak, S.J. & Karen Florance

Traditionally sponsored by Garibaldi, OLM

“Meeting the Living God: Spirituality for the 21st Century”

One can say that the last true revolution in spirituality came with the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola. Many devout Christians use the Spiritual Exercises unchanged from their origins in the sixteenth century. In the twentieth century another Jesuit, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, developed a revolutionary spirituality by integrating contemporary science and faith, offering us a new way to understand the Word of God and the immensity of the Universal Christ. Our retreat weekend will help us explore the spiritual insights of Teilhard and how to practice this new understanding in our daily lives of committed discipleship. Please join us on this exciting adventure of faith and discovery!

March 25 – 27 – Weekend Retreat – “The Spiritual Decision- The Beginning of True Discipleship”

Retreat director – Fr. Steve Pugliese, S.J.

Traditionally sponsored by St. Catherine, Holmdel, et al

“The Spiritual Decision- The Beginning of True Discipleship”

Every day we make innumerable decisions. These are basically choices we make — when to get up, what to wear, the first thing we will do, what we read, where we will go. Most of these we barely think about or spend much time in making. However, there are other decisions that have life-long ramifications for us. These we often spend a great deal of time and thought making. They include vocation decisions such as education, marriage, children and career. But even more important than those are what we call our spiritual decisions.

Spiritual decisions arise from questions such as: “Why am I alive?” “What is my destiny?” “What is most important in life?” “What is God asking of me?”

Join us as we discuss what spiritual decisions entail and what they are. Have I made a spiritual decision? What have I decided? How do I know if it comes from God? How do I engage my decision so that it changes my life?

April 1-3 – Weekend Retreat – “Freedom & Awareness”

Retreat director – Fr. Kirk Reynolds, S.J. & Marie Santana

Traditionally sponsored by Joseph M. Byrne, Georgetown Alumni Coed

“Freedom & Awareness”

The Spiritual Exercises invite us to experience and respond to the love of God, showing us how to become free from anything in our lives that could keep us from this life-giving gift. To receive this blessing from the Holy Spirit, we have to become aware of the many ways God speaks to us every day and in every situation. This retreat will address these meaningful Ignatian principles, opening doors for spiritual growth and deeper meaning in your life.

April 8-10 – Weekend Retreat – “Meeting the Living God: Spirituality for the 21st Century”

Retreat director – Fr. Thomas R. Marciniak, S.J. & Karen Florance

Traditionally sponsored by Dineen, St. Christopher’s

“Meeting the Living God: Spirituality for the 21st Century”

One can say that the last true revolution in spirituality came with the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola. Many devout Christians use the Spiritual Exercises unchanged from their origins in the sixteenth century. In the twentieth century another Jesuit, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, developed a revolutionary spirituality by integrating contemporary science and faith, offering us a new way to understand the Word of God and the immensity of the Universal Christ. Our retreat weekend will help us explore the spiritual insights of Teilhard and how to practice this new understanding in our daily lives of committed discipleship. Please join us on this exciting adventure of faith and discovery!

May 6–8 – Weekend Retreat – “The Spiritual Decision- The Beginning of True Discipleship”

Retreat director – Fr. Steve Pugliese, S.J.

Traditionally sponsored by Lovett, Lourdes, Jesuit Alumni, et al

“The Spiritual Decision- The Beginning of True Discipleship”

Every day we make innumerable decisions. These are basically choices we make — when to get up, what to wear, the first thing we will do, what we read, where we will go. Most of these we barely think about or spend much time in making. However, there are other decisions that have life-long ramifications for us. These we often spend a great deal of time and thought making. They include vocation decisions such as education, marriage, children and career. But even more important than those are what we call our spiritual decisions.

Spiritual decisions arise from questions such as: “Why am I alive?” “What is my destiny?” “What is most important in life?” “What is God asking of me?”

Join us as we discuss what spiritual decisions entail and what they are. Have I made a spiritual decision? What have I decided? How do I know if it comes from God? How do I engage my decision so that it changes my life?

May 13 – 15 – Weekend Retreat – “Meeting the Living God: Spirituality for the 21st Century”

Retreat director – Fr. Thomas R. Marciniak, S.J. & Karen Florance

Traditionally sponsored by St. Catherine’s, et al

“Meeting the Living God: Spirituality for the 21st Century”

One can say that the last true revolution in spirituality came with the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola. Many devout Christians use the Spiritual Exercises unchanged from their origins in the sixteenth century. In the twentieth century another Jesuit, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, developed a revolutionary spirituality by integrating contemporary science and faith, offering us a new way to understand the Word of God and the immensity of the Universal Christ. Our retreat weekend will help us explore the spiritual insights of Teilhard and how to practice this new understanding in our daily lives of committed discipleship. Please join us on this exciting adventure of faith and discovery!

June 3 – 5 – Women’s Weekend Retreat

Retreat director – Judith Schiavo

Traditionally sponsored by Women’s June Retreat Group

Women Who Changed Their Corner of the World

There were many women in Jesus’ life—both followers and cherished friends.  This fact had not been true of any other Jewish prophet.  What did women see in Jesus?  What did Jesus see in these women?  Throughout the centuries there have been women who followed Jesus’ example and teachings.  As a result, they were able to change their own lives for the better and empower others to do the same. 

This week-end we will spend time with women such as Mary Magdalene, Ruth of the Hebrew Scriptures, Thea Bowman, Dorothy Day, Sue Monk Kidd, Josephine Bakhita, and several others.  What did Jesus mean to them?  How did they allow Jesus to help change their lives through living the gospel?

Are we allowing Jesus to love us into transformation in our every day lives?  Throughout this week-end we will have time for listening, praying, and sharing, as well as opportunity for Mass, Sacrament of Reconciliation, and Sacrament of the Anointing.