Classes, Retreats & Workshops

The heart of our Ignatian ministry is to give the Spiritual Exercises through a variety of formats. With the need being so great in the greater Phoenix Area, St. Francis Xavier Parish has partnered with other Ignatian Spirituality leaders in the Jesuits West Province Family in order to meet the many spiritual needs.

The First Spiritual Exercises

This summer, there are three offerings of four-week Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola. Using the innovative book written by Australian Jesuit retreat director Michael Hansen, SJ, entitled The First Spiritual Exercises, these retreats combine spiritual conversation and spiritual exercises, in a form of the Spiritual Exercises given by Saint Ignatius and the early Jesuits.

Each retreat in daily life involves a commitment to 30-40 minutes a day of structured prayer from Monday to Thursday and a weekend exercise. Each retreat is 4 weeks long; you may want to make only one retreat, or make all three of them. Retreatants meet via Zoom weekly on Monday evening to receive guidance from the retreat giver(s) and to share the fruits of prayer.

This retreat is an opportunity to experience one long conversation with Jesus and to accept the invitation of God the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit to abide in their love.

Three Offerings:

  • Inner Peace in Divine Love: June 3, 10, 17, 24 (Mondays from 6:30-8 pm Pacific time)
  • Inner Peace in Friendship with Jesus: July 8, 15, 22, 29 (Mondays from 6:30-8 pm Pacific time)
  • Inner Peace in the Service of God: August 5, 12, 19, 26 (Mondays from 6:30-8 pm Pacific time)

Retreat fee – $75 for 4 weeks

Retreatants need to purchase the book (about $20) to participate.

Please plan to have your book at least a week before the retreat begins. The First Spiritual Exercises by Michael Hansen SJ contains all the content you need for all three retreats.
Paperback / PDF

To register, email Jeanette at

Spiritual Exercises 2024-25: The Long Retreat

SEEL Portland also gives people the opportunity to experience the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius in their everyday lives over a period of nine months. The 2024-25 SEEL retreat is given through an online experience. Applications are being accepted through August 1, 2024, and advance registration is required.

For more information, visit SEEL Portland’s website at