St Francis Xavier Catholic Faith Community, through the Spiritual Exercise in Everyday Life (SEEL), offers an opportunity to deepen your relationship with God. This program is very simple in its intent and focus: by means of praying with scripture to come into close contact with God. This program is open to anyone; “no experience required”.
A directed retreat may be unfamiliar to you. A team of spiritual directors will be available to give daily direction to each retreat participant. The role of the director, or “spiritual companion”, is to be an attentive listener to your prayer experience and to offer whatever guidance is supportive of your prayer. This is not therapy; this is not counseling. The director helps you to be aware of how God is present to you in your prayer. You will have the opportunity to meet with your director for 30-45 minutes each day of the retreat. The time for this conference will be tailored as much as possible to your daily schedule.
Saturday morning, Oct 21, Retreatants will gather in the Ignatian Spirituality Center – ISC, at 8:30am–1:00pm. The format will be explained in detail. There will be a time of faith sharing in a small group setting. You will meet your spiritual director and have an initial conference individually. At that time you will agree upon the schedule of times you will meet each day throughout the retreat.
Sun, Oct 22 - Wed, Oct 25, you will make your prayer period with the scripture selection that has been given to you and then take a few minutes to do a “review of prayer” as be explained at the opening session. You can pray at home, in a church, at the parish or wherever you feel most comfortable.
Wed, Oct 25, retreatants will gather for a light meal at 5:00p in Anderson Hall, which will be followed by a Faith Sharing Session, a Presentation on Examination of Consciousness and Celebration of the Eucharist.
If you feel drawn to try this type of retreat prayer experience, we encourage you to apply. Registration is required and Space is limited. We will honor applications on a first-come-first-served basis.