This page is a directory for Jesuit Retreat Houses and Spirituality Programs throughout the world. You can access spiritual direction, Ignatian Retreats and seminars in the Spirituality of St. Ignatius.
The Loyola Institute for Spirituality serves the communities of Southern California with retreats, training sessions, workshops, days of recollection, and parish missions in the tradition of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola. LIS promotes the incarnational and transformative dynamism of gospel-based Christian spiritualities and seeks to articulate the relationships between personal and communal conversion, between Christian faith and social action on behalf of justice.
The services of LIS are offered to all seeking to develop a deeper spiritual life. Special attention is given to adapting the activities of LIS to the cultural, racial and social class realities of the Hispanic, Asian and African-American communities. Programs are offered in various languages besides English.
The Jesuit Retreat Center of Los Altos welcomes women and men of faith who seek accompaniment on their journeys of Christian discipleship. Seven Jesuits on staff, with the many religious and lay women and men who assist in our programs, offer encouragement and direction, inviting each person to find God in his or her experience and to live in gratitude and generosity. The Retreat Center, located on 38 wooded acres in the serene hills above Los Altos, is easily accessible from major highways. Its colorful gardens and rustic trails offer prayerful solitude and inspiring vistas over the Santa Clara Valley and San Francisco Bay.
Since the founding in 1925, the Retreat Center, popularly known as “El Retiro San Iñigo,” has offered a ministry rooted in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Our programs include and extensive variety of preached weekend retreats (Ignatian and 12-Step), longer summer offerings (the entire Excercises in a 36-day program and a series of three 8-day retreats), other individually directed retreats, spiritual direction, days of prayer, and training programs in giving the Spiritual Exercises. We open the Retreat Center facilities to many guest groups, including high school and college student and faculty groups, parish groups, and ecumenical and interreligious organizations, for their religious retreats, and select non-profit organizations, for their meetings.
Sacred Heart Retreat House is a Colorado oasis of peace and beauty welcoming those who seek to deepen their relationship with God, and dedicated to retreats and spiritual direction in the tradition of St. Ignatius Loyola.
We are located on 280 acres in the foothills of the Rockies, about 25 miles south of Denver and 45 miles north of Colorado Springs. Surrounded by spectacular natural beauty and panoramic views of the majestic Rocky Mountains, the retreat house offers the perfect setting for solitude, reflections and prayer.
Silent retreats, including directed, private, preached, and the 30-day Spiritual Exercise, are available year-round for clergy, religious and laypersons.
12190 SW 56th Street (Miller Drive)
Mailing Address: Centro de Espiritualidad Ignaciana
Miami, FL 33265
Director: Marcelino Garcia, SJ
Manresa Retreat House was inaugurated in 1987. It sits on 5 acres of land in quiet West Dade County. Manresa has 20 double bedrooms with private bathrooms. We have a beautiful Chapel and dining room. There are large and small conference rooms. Our St. Ignatius of Loyola Auditorium has a capacity of 600 people.
Spiritual Exercises are given several times a year. We offer our facility to groups of all denominations who need to be renewed spiritually in an atmosphere of solitude and peaceful relaxation.
Encuentros Familiares (Family Encounters) was founded in May 1971 by a group of families and Father Florentino Azcoitia S.J. a Cuban Jesuit priest.
Family Encounters is an apostolic mission whose specific endeavor is to procure a true sense of peace and unity inside the home with Jesus Christ in the center of the family life. On a schedule that last an entire week-end the parents, as well as the children ages 12 to 20 are quided to this experience. This program is offered monthly.
In addition to the monthly program we have our FAMILY NIGHTS every Thursday at 8:30PM. In this event we have talks given by priests and professionals on topics that concern the family, followed by the celebration of the Eucharist. There are courses on Bible, Church History and Prayer given several times a year.
Ignatius Retreat Center
6700 Riverside Drive, NW
Atlanta, GA 30328-2710
Director: Maria Cressler
For almost 50 years, the Jesuit Retreat Center Ignatius House has been open to individuals of all faiths seeking a closer relationship with God. Located 18 miles north of downtown Atlanta, Ignatius House serves as a location for individual and group retreats, which consist of silent reflection, contemplation, and prayer. The retreats and programs include two and three-day weekend retreats, five and eight-day individually directed retreats during the summer and many specific retreats for men, women, couples, those recovering and others. The facilities are also available to outside groups for retreats, seminars, etc.
Overlooking the Chattahoochee River, the retreat house is surrounded by over twenty acres of trees and hills. The grounds have multiple decks overlooking the river and a natural waterfall, as well as trails for walking and reflection. An outdoor chapel on a hilltop features a beautiful stained glass cross and religious symbols. The buildings of Ignatius House consist of the St Ignatius chapel, large dining room, small private chapel, reading library/ conference room and 47 private rooms, each with a private bath. Come vacation with the Lord and truly rest body, mind & soul!
Located 45 miles east of Omaha, NE, in rural Iowa, we are situated on 154 wooded acres on the Nishnabotna River. We offer a wide variety of accommodations to suit a diversity of needs. You can have an individually directed 8 day retreat, or you can rent our facilities for groups of up to 84.
Retreatants have the option of cooking meals for themselves, or eating in our dining room. Several miles of trails grace our property where wildlife and song birds abound. Our night sky is truly awesome. Take a virtual tour of our facilities from our website. We are open year around.
Sponsored by the Society of Jesus (New Orleans Province), the Jesuit Spirituality Center at Grand Coteau provides a quiet and restful environment for those seeking to listen to God and to respond to God generously through the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola.
A directed retreat at the Spirituality Center is a personally guided prayer experience of three, five, eight or thirty days in which the retreatant follows the dynamics of the Spiritual Exercises while listening for God’s personal word spoken through the Sacred Scripture. Each one is assigned a director with whom the retreatant meets daily for reflection and spiritual discernment. Silence, both interior and exterior, is a necessary condition for the efficacy of a directed retreat.
General Information: Retreats begin with dinner at 6:00 p.m. on the day of arrival (first day noted on the schedule) and end with breakfast on the last day, unless otherwise indicated. Please plan to arrive at the Center between 4:00 and 5:30 p.m. on the evening your retreat begins.
Bring your Bible, a notebook, comfortable clothes and shoes for outside activity, walking, cycling, and a bathing suit in warm weather. Those who have special physical or dietary needs should let this be known on their application. Retreatants may also request directors although it may not always be possible to assign the requested director.
Transportation: Greyhound buses stop in Lafayette; Continental, Northwest, and Delta Airlines also serve Lafayette. The Center has made arrangements with the airport shuttle of Lafayette to provide pickup service for retreatants to and from the Center from either the airport or the bus station. Cost would be $30.00 per trip with a $6.00 surcharge for each additional passenger. The service can be contacted at 337-993-8511 (local), 888-596 -4168 (toll free) or by email; firstname.lastname@example.org. Cash or major credit cards are accepted.
Rev. Frank Kaminski, S.J.
Rev. Paul McCarren, S.J.
Loyola on the Potomac Retreat House is located 35 miles south of Washington, DC, in historic Southern Maryland. We are open year round.
Constructed in 1958, Loyola is situated on a bluff overlooking the Potomac River. There are 235 acres of woodlands laced with numerous walking paths. With its woods, riverfront beach, and spectacular sunsets over the Potomac, Loyola offers retreatants the opportunity to experience the joy and serenity of God’s presence.
Today the retreat house welcomes men and women of all backgrounds. Programs include weekend retreats, mid-week retreats, private and directed retreats, personal days of prayer, and days of reflection. Additionally we collaborate with schools, social service agencies, volunteer organizations and other Church ministries to provide the opportunity for retreatants to Come Aside and Rest Awhile.
The Main Retreat House is a two-story brick building, offers central heating and air conditioning and features seventy single rooms, each with a half bath. A beautiful lounge, with fireplace, creates a comfortable atmosphere for reading and quiet conversation. Our two dining rooms overlook the Potomac. Our Main Chapel accommodates 80 guests, and our Ignatian Chapel accommodates 20. A large conference room and seven breakout rooms are available. Loyola Retreat House is fully accessible. Our property also features a historic gate house and a hermitage for private retreats. Please visit www.loyolaonthepotomac.com for more information, a schedule of retreats and to view spectacular photographs.
Open year round, this facility offers directed, guided and weekend retreats.
In January and July, the full Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius are offered on an individually directed basis. In the course of the year there are about 20 directed retreats (usually 8-day), 3 guided retreats, and 8 weekend retreats (four of these weekends are 12-step retreats, and two of them are directed prayer weekends).
Eastern Point Retreat House (AKA Gonzaga) is located on the Atlantic shore. The view of the ocean is breathtaking–and always changing. Retreatants are male and female — priests, religious, lay — from many different backgrounds and religious affiliations. At present there are five Jesuit priests, a lay woman and a sister of Saint Joseph on the permanent staff, along with trained and talented guest directors, both women and men.
319 Concord Road
Weston, MA 02493-1310
Phone: (781) 419-1337
Fax: (781) 894-5864
Director: Fr. James Mattaliano, S.J.
Reservations: Anne Copponi, Administrative Assistant
Open year round, we offer directed retreats of 8 and 5 days, as well as weekends of directed prayer. We also offer guided and private retreats, 19th Annotation retreats, RCIA retreats, and days of renewal. Campion also hosts non-profit religious, educational and community groups which hold their own programs. Directed retreats are offered from October through August with experienced men and women directors who help the retreatant to notice and to respond to God’s activity.
Campion Renewal Center is conveniently situated twenty miles west of Boston and five miles from the intersection of I-90 (Massachusetts Turnpike) and I-95(128). Our imposing and beautiful building is located in a suburban setting that provides plenty of walking trails through the woods and fields and around a pond. It abuts over 200 acres of conservation land. We invite you to come and experience God at Campion.
Transportation: From Logan Airport take the Ted Williams Tunnel and proceed to the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90) West or call Back Bay Coach at 888-222-5229 for van service. From South Station (Amtrak, Greyhound and Trailways), take the MBTA to Riverside and take a cab.
1390 Quarton Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304-3554
Director: Fr. Gregory J. Hyde, S.J.
“Come to me all you who labor and are burdened and I will refresh you” Matthew 11:28
Most retreats are weekend (Fri-Sun), occasionally there are midweek retreats (Tues-Thur), rarely 6-day retreats (these seem to be for religious sisters).
There are retreats scheduled during almost the whole year. About 2,500 people make retreats here each year.
The cost of a regular 3-day retreat is “a free will donation”. Those who can afford to donate $200 are asked to do so; those who are able to donate more can help defray costs for those retreatants who cannot afford $200. However, no one who cannot afford to pay should stay away.
8243 Demontreville Trail North
Lake Elmo, MN 55042-9546
Phone: (612) 777-1311
Director: Fr. Patrick M. McCorkell, S.J.
7400 Christopher Drive
St. Louis, MO, 63129
Director: Fr James J. Burshek, S.J.
Year Round Operation
Group Retreats for Men; Group Retreats for Women; 3 day retreats.
The White House is a 88 year old facility with a living tradition. There are 75 acres of grounds and woods for quiet meditation and 80 individual rooms with their own complete bathroom facilities. Free-will donations are requested at the end of the silent retreat to help meet the costs of directors, room and board. Contact the retreat director for further information.
Missoula SEEL (Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life)
420 West Pine St.
Missoula, MT 59802
Director: Mary Ann Bigelow
For opportunities for Ignatian spirituality, Creighton University’s graduate (summers only) program in Christian Spirituality, which is largely Ignatian, was designed 20 years ago (and still continues) to train spiritual directors and retreat directors to give individually-directed (Ignatian) retreats. It currently offers both a Certificate in retreat and/or spiritual direction and a Master’s Degree. Entrance into the program requires one have a bachelor’s degree and have completed (or be willing to complete) 18 hrs of undergraduate theology, and various letters of recommendation.
For more information on the Christian Spirituality Program (CSP), contact Summer Sessions Office, Creighton University, Omaha NE 68178 USA. Within the USA, one may call (toll- free) 1-800-637-4279; or (402) 280-2996. mailto:email@example.com
A place to be refreshed and renewed, Loyola House of Retreats is operating since 1927 as a Jesuit retreat house for Christian men and women. It is set on 33 acres in the beautiful, rolling terrain of northern New Jersey on lawns, gardens and woodland. Loyola provides contemplative space to meet God and to learn and live Gospel values. It is in this peaceful atmosphere that hundreds of thousands of retreatants have come to get away from their busy lives and seek their God in the tradition of St. Ignatius of Loyola.
Our programs include weekend, directed and private retreats as well as weeklong directed and preached retreats during Holy Week and the summer months. In addition, Loyola offers days or evenings of prayer to men and women adults, students, school faculties, parish communities and parish councils. The full 30 day Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola are also scheduled in November and July. Groups planning their own programs are welcome.
This tranquil setting is just over one mile from the center of Morristown, New Jersey where the train and bus are easily accessible. If traveling by plane, Newark International Airport is only 20 minutes away. Please visit our website www.Loyola.org to find out more, or call 973 539 0740.
Mount Manresa, the only Jesuit retreat house within New York City, overlooks the Verrazano Narrows Bridge, the one direct route between Staten Island and Brooklyn. The first retreat house in the U.S. founded solely for the laity, Mount Manresa continues its commitment to lay formation in the Ignatian tradition. Mount Manresa offers an extensive program of youth retreats during the school day and adult retreats on weekends. Our website offers fuller descriptions and contact information. Come and enjoy a spiritual oasis within minutes of Manhattan.
Manhasset, NY 11030
Phone: (516) 621-8300
Fax: (516) 621-7201
Director: Donald Holden
Saint Ignatius Jesuit Retreat House at Inisfada (name of the property which is Gaelic of Long Island) is a Catholic retreat and apostolic conference center inspired by the vision of Ignatian Spirituality. The retreat house offers a spiritual home – a sacred and welcoming environment where people of all faiths and cultures can deepen their relationship with God, so that they may be renewed and be women and men for others. The Jesuits in collaboration with their partners – lay, religious, and clergy – are committed to the ministry of the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius and to the education and on-going formation of those engaged in this sacred ministry. We are a 30 minute train ride from mid-town Manhattan. Please visit our website at www.inisfada.net to view our facility and register for our weekly newsletter. You can also become a friend of St. Ignatius on Facebook.
Nestled in the urban landscape in Parma, Ohio is “A Place of Peace in the Forest”… the Jesuit Retreat House of Cleveland. Set in 57 acres of beautiful, rustic woodland, the retreat house offers a variety of programs and retreats to fit everyone’s needs.
From a one-day retreat to a full 30-day exploration of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the Jesuit Retreat House can move you closer to God through the gift of prayer.
For those of you looking for the next phase in your spiritual life, an individually directed retreat by one of the Jesuit or women directors is perfect. In a personally directed retreat, a director is assigned to each retreatant. Through daily meetings with the director the retreatant is guided in:
- Becoming aware of the reality of God’s presence and activity
- Coming to trust this awareness
- Responding to this presence and activity
Like most retreats, the environment will be peaceful and quiet. The content of prayer is based on one’s personal journey with God, through scripture, in the spirit of the Exercises.
Over 3,500 persons take advantage of JRH’s spiritual hospitality annually. This includes such diverse groups as Pre- Cana conferences, Catholic high school student and alumni retreats, Sisters and Priests, Catholic school faculty groups, from elementary to university level, Altar & Rosary societies, Holy Name and Knights of Columbus groups, pastoral councils and non-Catholic churches to name a few.
JRH’s own “in-house” programs include day and evening retreats, our popular weekend retreats, and retreat weekends for the recovering community.
Jesuit Retreat House Facilities:
- 57 Acres of forest, meadow and pathways
- Outdoor Stations of the Cross and shrines
- Two beautiful chapels for prayer, reflection and community liturgy
- 57 private single rooms and 3 suites for overnight guests, with linens provided
- Air conditioned dining room accommodates 80
- Delicious home-cooked meals prepared by our full-time kitchen staff
- Special dietary accommodations, with prior notice
- Air conditioned breakout areas
- Large air conditioned meeting area accommodates up to 80 people
- A/V equipment (VCR, slide projectors, sound system)
- Two spacious lounges for reading and relaxing
- Complete library of classic and contemporary religious literature
- Bookstore with current titles
- Easy access to Cleveland’s Hopkins International Airport
- Located 1 mile south of I-480 (State Road exit)
5361 S. Milford Road
Milford, OH 45150-9746
Director: Rick Reder
Celebrating seventy years of service in 1995, the Milford Spiritual Center is a ministry of the Society of Jesus. It serves people seeking to nurture spirituality by providing program, facilities, and an environment which help them find God in all things and live a life of compassionate service.
Conference Retreats: Scripture is filled with the stories of men and women who found that the presence of God in their lives generated movement, launching them on a journey. Sometimes those journeys involved travel, and other times the journey was an inner one. A retreat is a time for people to ask some basic questions: Where have I been on my life journey? Where am I now? Where does God seem to be leading me as I move into the future?
The Milford Spiritual Center offers a number of conference retreats. This is a chance to enjoy a few days of quiet … an opportunity to relax … to meditate … to listen and focus on those parts of yourself that tend to get neglected as we deal with the pressures of day-to-day living.
Contact the Center office for details concerning the conference retreat schedule.
Personally Directed Retreats: In the personally directed retreat, the Center offers you an open quiet time to give attention to your own experience of prayer in a holistic atmosphere.
Each day you have the opportunity to meet with a spiritual director who will help you follow the lead of God’s Spirit. The retreat also offers communal liturgies each day to help strengthen your purpose and faith.
P.O. Box 223
501 N. Church Road
Wernersville, PA 19565-0223
Rector: Fr. Joseph Currie, SJ
Director of Spiritual Growth Programs and Staff: Susan Bowers Baker
The mission of the Jesuit Center is one of prayer and hospitality which is realized in four principal ways. Central to that mission is the work of the Center’s Spiritual Growth Staff, namely, their research, direction and training for the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. In addition, the mission is realized through hosted programs for Catholic and other religious groups locally and from the wider mid-Atlantic area. A third mission component comprises a variety of Ignatian-based programs for the apostolic works of the Society of Jesus and local dioceses. Finally, the Center’s mission is carried out through the work of senior Jesuit Community members who not only pray for the Society and the Church but also provide sacramental ministry for guests and for local parishes.
The Jesuit Center is located nine miles west of Reading, PA. We have 250 acres of beautiful rolling hills, planned roads, walkways, terraces, grottos, and cloister gardens. Our facility has 85 private bedrooms, a large and small dining room, conference rooms, small meeting rooms and several small parlors for group meetings.
The Sioux Spiritual Center is the heart of the Diocese of Rapid City’s efforts to develop native clergy and leadership on the reservations within the diocese. In addition to regular retreats and spiritual programs for local Native people, two summer institutes are offered each year: one is for mission personnel about to enter the field of Native Ministry or who have had a few years of initial experience and a second for Native American Catechists currently serving their communities.
The holiness of the people of God is Montserrat’s core work. Our mission to bring Christ’s message for transforming individuals and society is met with retreats and programs that are culturally and ecumenically sensitive and inviting. At Montserrat we offer Silent Retreats in the tradition of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius; Retreat Workshops for pastoral and spiritual ministries of priests, deacons, religious, and lay; Campion Spirituality Program designed to form and inform adult faith, including monthly Montserrat Renewal Saturdays; specially designed retreats in the Ignatian tradition for young adults, deacons, priests, religious, and others; The Exercises in Every Day Life and Spiritual Direction are offered on request and as staff is available. From Montserrat we work with the dioceses and parishes, offering days of prayer and discernment in English and Spanish, as well as spiritual formation in Ignatian spirituality for service and leadership in Church and society.
4520 S. Mead St.
Seattle, WA 98118
Director: Steve Donaldson
Yakima SEEL (Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life)
Follow the country road through the gateway, and it’s like coming home. The blue waters of Lake Winnebago wrap around our twenty acres like open arms. Located just 80 miles north of Milwaukee, and five miles south of Oshkosh, on Highway 45, we welcome men and women of all faiths to our silent, conference retreats.
A little more than one hundred fifty years ago, the people of the Winnebago tribe built their villages on this point, fished and hunted here, and set out in their canoes from these shores. Here, where Lake Winnebago’s western shore straightens out toward Fond du Lac, Chief Oshkosh and his people offered worship to the Great Spirit.
Early in this century, the Fahrney family built its summer home here. The architect was instructed to use only materials and workmanship from the immediate area. It was the scene of many family gatherings and much gracious living.
In 1952 the property and buildings were purchased by the Jesuits. The Manresa residence was added, the other buildings remodeled, and for eight years this was the site of the novitiate of the Wisconsin Province of the Society of Jesus. Many young men came to discern their vocation to follow Christ in the footsteps of St. Ignatius.
When the novitiate moved to Minnesota in 1960, the Fahrney mansion and attendant buildings became a retreat center serving the spiritual needs of men and women from throughout the United States and Canada.
We are open all year round, starting with weekend retreats in September and going until the end of May when we begin our 8-day directed retreats. AA and Al-Anon retreats are offered in the months of May, August, October, November and December. There is a Couples’ retreat scheduled around the Valentine’s Day weekend in February and another Couples’ retreat in July.
All of our rooms are private. We have several first floor rooms with private bathrooms for those who have special needs. Our facility is handicapped accessible.
For information on our retreat dates and answers to any questions you may have, please call us at 920-231-9060.
Last Updated March 25, 2010