Loyola University Chicago

Mission & Identity

Ignatian Contemplation Retreat

‌‌Given the frenzied pace of modern life, it can become increasingly difficult to find the time for self-reflection and spiritual renewal; however, everyone needs and deserves time to connect more deeply with their faith, spiritual journey, and relationship with God. 

The Ignatian Contemplation Retreat is built on two movements: The first movement begins on first day with two talks focusing on the Principle and Foundation of St. Ignatius' Spiritual Exercises, followed by time for private reflection, shared meals, and ending in communal reflection. The second movement will begin with dinner on the following evening when the retreat will enter into a full day of silence, giving time for individual prayer and reflection. Spiritual guidance will be available during this time for those who desire it. On the first evening, participants are encouraged to come to the retreat center where there will be a short session on preparing to "retreat" followed by an open evening to relax in preparation for the retreat.

Retreat Dates for 2019:
  • May 21-23

Cost: $75  Includes six (6) meals, and two (2) nights private lodging.
For more informationor if you prefer to participate in part but not all of the retreat, please contact Chris Murphy at cmurph3@luc.edu / ext. 8-7431. 
Tuesday, May 21
 7:30p.m. Arrive at LUREC
8:00p.m. Opening Session: Introductions and short reflection on "retreating"
N/A Personal time to relax and unwind
Wednesday, May 22
 8:00a.m.  Communal Breakfast
 9:00a.m.  First Reflection
 9:30a.m.  Private Reflection
 11:30a.m.  Second Reflection
 Noon  Communal Lunch
 1:00p.m.  Private Reflection
 4:30p.m.  Communal Reflection
 5:00p.m. Entering into the Silence 
 6:00p.m.  Dinner in Silence
 Thursday, May 23
 8:00a.m.  Breakfast in Silence
 9:00a.m.  Spiritual Directors will be available throughout the morning and afternoon
 11:30a.m.  Optional Communion Service
 Noon  Lunch in Silence
 4:00p.m.  Breaking the Silence and Shared Reflections
 5:00p.m.  Communal Dinner
 6:00p.m.  Depart