Is your child enrolled at a Jesuit high school or college? Are you looking for a new way to pray? Did you realize our patron, St. Francis Xavier, was a companion of Ignatius and one of the first Jesuits?
Schools in Cleveland and Stow offer and promote Ignatian retreats, but, at St. Francis Xavier, we have the opportunity to explore Ignatian spirituality right here close to home with trained and experienced directors who accompany you through the process.
The Spirituality Program for Adults (SPA) is a journey into the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Written 500 years ago, the Exercises offer a structure to help you explore your faith, life journey and relationship with God. The Spiritual Exercises consist of daily prayer and meditation, and journaling while reflecting on the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Retreatants commit daily to read, reflect and journal about assigned Scripture (about 30 minutes per day). Men and women meet separately in small groups of three to five people to share their weekly experiences of the journey, followed by a short talk by Deacon Paul Kipfstuhl.
The 2019 program begins Thursday, Aug. 29, in the church and continues through Oct. 10. Retreatants will gather in small, assigned groups in various rooms on the parish grounds and conclude with words from Deacon Paul.
The retreat is free and open to anyone of any faith, and may be repeated at any time. All materials are provided.