St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus, developed the Spiritual Exercises so that people could retreat for 30 days of prayer and silence to grow in their relationship with God and learn to listen for the voice of the Spirit in their lives.
Eventually, he also adapted these Exercises for people who could not, for various reasons, go away for 30 days. This adaptation, called the 19th Annotation, is the basis of the SEEL retreat. It invites people to experience the Exercises with he guidance of a spiritual director over a period of nine months, while continuing to live their daily lives.
S.E.E.L. begins in September and continues through May. Involvement requires a commitment to daily prayer and weekly spiritual direction. As well, this year we will have group meetings via Zoom on the following Tuesdays of each month from 6-8 p.m.
Questions about S.E.E.L.? Contact Jennifer Doolittle phone: 509 313-5898 or 509 868-7870 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life Attn: Jennifer Doolittle 330 E Boone Ave Spokane, WA 99202
“Give me only your love and your grace, that is enough for me.”
St. Ignatiusof Loyola
Ignatian spirituality helps people discover God working in their daily lives. It invites each to a deeper knowledge of God’s love for them and into greater freedom to follow God’s call. The gift of Ignatian spirituality is to find ourselves more engaged in the world in a prayerful way.
For those who desire to learn more about the Spiritual Exercises or who want an introductory experience of Ignatian methods of prayer, SEEL offers additional classes.
Graces of the Retreat
Encounter the living God and God’s presence in creation, their personal life stories and current life circumstances
Better discern their deepest desires to understand God’s call and presence in their lives and in the world
Become Contemplatives in Action; experiencing and grasping more fully the Ignatian vision of Finding God in All Things
Frequently Asked Questions
Who will benefit from the Spiritual Exercises?
– women and men serious about their Christian lives, who desire to grow in their relationship with Christ
– lay persons, religious, priests, Christians from any tradition
– those who have important decisions to make about their lives
– the young who have a desire to live life at a deeper level
– the middle-aged who want to discern the next step in their lives
– seniors who seek to reflect on the path their lives have traken
– men and women who are in transition
– women and men in leadership positions
-people who are seeking space and time to be quiet and reflective
What are the requirements?
SEEL is best suited for people who wish to enter into a deeper personal relationship with Jesus through personal prayer and study of scripture.
Participants meet with their spiritual director regularly (weekly) and meet one Tuesday evening a month for a retreat with other participants.
Who are the directors? What do they do?
The spiritual directors are men and women who have made the Spiritual Exercises themselves and have been prepared to walk with others in this experience. These are people who know that it is God who truly directs. The director helps the retreatant discover how to pray best, how God prays in them, and where God is leading them.
What is the cost?
Thanks to financial support from St. Aloysius Parish, Gonzaga University, the University Jesuits, and Gonzaga Preparatory School, the cost of the retreat is $400; 25% of the actual cost.