Fordham Notes: Ignatian Retreat

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Ignatian Retreat

The Ignatian Retreat, sponsored by the Office of University Mission and Ministry, is a four-day experience of prayer and reflection based on The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus. The spiritual exercises are geared to help you to encounter the Living God and to discern how God is inviting you to live out your faith in the concrete details and choices presented to you every day. We are convinced that the Ignatian tradition can be of great service to you in your personal and professional lives and can help shape the culture of the University.

“Seek God in all things and we shall find God by our sides.”
—St. Peter Claver, S.J.

Tuesday, 26 through Friday, 29 May 2009
Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center Ossining, N.Y.

Deadline for deposits is May 8, 2009. For more information, please contact Joan Cavanagh at (212) 636-6268.


What happens during the retreat?
Each morning, a member of the Campus Ministry team presents a theme of the spiritual exercises and makes suggestions for your prayer. The rest of the day is spent mostly in silence, allowing you to be alone with God in prayer and recollection. A member of the Campus Ministry staff meets with you individually every day in order to tailor the retreat to your particular needs and faith history. Retreatants gather for Eucharist and meet again each evening for common prayer, discussion and to enjoy the surrounding 56 acres overlooking the Hudson River.

Who may go on the Ignatian Retreat?
The Ignatian Retreat is open to members of the Fordham faculty and administration, professional staff and graduate students. No previous experience is presumed, only a generous heart and a desire to deepen one’s relationship with God.

A continental breakfast is served each morning. Lunch includes homemade soups, salads, entrée, cold cuts, breads and desserts. Dinner includes hot entrée, vegetables, bread, salad bar and dessert. (Fresh fruit and soft drinks are available in the dining room throughout the day.)

There are 43 single bedrooms, each furnished with a twin bed, sink, desk and chair, reading chair, closet and fan. Restrooms and shower facilities are in each hallway. Linens are provided.

Who is on the retreat team?
Members of the Campus Ministry staff along with the Office of Mission and Ministry comprise the retreat team.

Commuter option
We understand that an overnight trip may not be possible for everyone; therefore, we have chosen Mariandale because of its convenient location for those who work at any of the Fordham campuses. If you would like to participate, but feel that you are not able to spend the night, why not consider joining us as a commuter?

The retreat begins at 2 p.m. on Tuesday and ends with lunch on Friday. Thanks to the support of benefactors, the fee is $170 for the full overnight experience and $80 for commuters.

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