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First Spiritual Exercises

Virtual or In-Person Weekly Sessions over 4 weeks - Orientation October 16

Friday, October 16 from 6:30pm - 8:00pm

First Spiritual Exercises

In his radically innovative book, “The First Spiritual Exercises”, Australian Jesuit retreat director Michael Hansen, SJ, presents four different retreats on inner peace. These retreats combine spiritual conversation and spiritual exercises akin to the form of the spiritual exercises thought to be given by Ignatius and the early Jesuits to anyone of good will.

The core of this particular retreat, “Inner Peace in Divine Love,” is the "Contemplation to Attain the Love of God”, the last exercise of the Spiritual Exercises. We are encouraged to ask for the grace we most need now in the midst of our lives and the world around us.

The retreat begins with an orientation on Friday, October 16 at 6:30pm. The retreat involves a commitment to 40-50 minutes a day of structured prayer from Monday to Thursday and a weekend exercise.

Retreatants meet weekly (either in person at JRC or via Zoom) over four weeks to receive guidance from the retreat leaders and to share their experience in small group spiritual conversation. Following the orientation meeting, specific meeting times will be mutually agreed upon with participants. Optional individual spiritual direction is also available on a weekly basis.


Bill Hobbs

Richard Krivanka

Jim Shea, SJ