First Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola SJ  Ignatius of Loyola

adapted by Michael Hansen  SJ

The First Spiritual Exercises were a gift to the Church by St. Ignatius of Loyola. They were created to help a person ask for and receive inner peace.

Who is God inviting to journey through the First Spiritual Exercises?

Everyone! This way of prayer is for parishioners young and senior, individuals, couples, partners, parents, grandparents, ministry teams, committees, students, colleagues, and friends.

What are the First Spiritual Exercises?

The “First Spiritual Exercises" are structured in a four week program, with a particular dynamic by St. Ignatius.  They are a single, progressive and powerful experience of grace built around personal prayer at home and guided spiritual conversation in a small group.

What is expected of me?

This program is over a number of weeks during your daily life.

The weekly commitment is to prayer on four days: Monday to Thursday.  These days are chosen because family and home commitments usually increase Friday to Sunday.  So, exercise over four days and break for the next three days but include the Sunday Eucharist with its small weekend exercise.  This will allow the seeds of the past week’s exercises to sleep in you and germinate.

Those making the First Spiritual Exercises meet weekly in a small group with a trained spiritual conversation guide, who leads the process of prayer, listening, sharing and discernment.

Do I need any qualifications to make the First Spiritual Exercises?

There is nothing in the First Spiritual Exercises, either of content or process, that you cannot do.  In Ignatian exercising one always applies the exercises to one’s understanding or faith or well-being—to one’s reality.

It’s about a living relationship between you and God.

Who leads the First Spiritual Exercises?

Spiritual directors of the Archdiocese of Regina have been trained to journey with individuals and/or groups. For more information and to make arrangements for yourself or a group contact Marlene Miller (306)999-2102; emilyjaxsonataccesscomm [dot] com

The Annotations 19 Program of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius 

This program is an Ignatian retreat in the midst of daily life, taking approximately 34 weeks to complete with spiritual direction once a week.

Spiritual directors of the Archdiocese of Regina have been trained to journey with individuals and/or groups. For more information and to make arrangements for yourself or a group contact Marlene Miller (306)999-2102; emilyjaxsonataccesscomm [dot] com

Page URL: http://archregina.sk.ca/spiritual-direction/going-deeper-spiritual-direction