The Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life: 18th and 19th Annotation Virtual Retreats
The Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life: 19th Annotation Virtual Retreat
Begins October 2022 for 30-40 weeks.
One of the many treasures handed down by St. Ignatius Loyola is the SPIRITUAL EXERCISES, a unique and structured retreat experience of prayer, meditation, and spiritual direction to help you move toward a closer relationship with Jesus. The Spiritual Exercises invite you into a deep prayer experience alongside the guidance of a spiritual director who has specific training in the 19 Annotation of the Spiritual Exercises.
Traditionally, the full Spiritual Exercises extend over a 30-day period divided into four-week sections with related scripture passages suggested by the Director. The 19th Annotation moves the retreat experience into everyday life over 30-40 weeks. A commitment to a daily prayer/meditation practice of 45-60 minutes with scripture is essential.
Your Spiritual Director will help you reflect on your prayer and the happenings of daily life with its challenges, insights and graces. While this retreat will be part of your everyday life, it is imperative to remember that it will require daily time commitments. Gently consider if adjustments may be needed to afford a positive experience.
If you are feeling God’s desire for a closer relationship, the 19th Annotation may be for you. This retreat begins in October to follow the liturgical calendar. Considerations will be made for starting at a different, mutually agreed upon timeline.
Application deadline for the 19th Annotation Virtual Retreat is Monday, September 19, 2022. Download application here
The Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life: 18th Annotation Virtual Retreat
Flexible start date for the 12-14 week retreat.
Are you interested in the Spiritual Exercises but unable to commit 30-40 weeks just now? Are you looking to deepen your experience of God with some structure and guidance? Maybe a 12-14 week experience of the Spiritual Exercises, known as the 18th Annotation, could satisfy your desire. This retreat offers a beginning experience and introduction to the Spiritual Exercises. Key components include a commitment to daily prayer and a weekly virtual meeting with a spiritual director. The dates and duration of this retreat can be arranged at a mutually agreeable time.
This retreat could be a doorway into discovering what God desires for you at this moment in time.
Applications for the 18th Annotation Virtual Retreat will be accepted anytime. Download application here
To learn more the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius, click here.
Facilitated by Virginia Day, Bonita Kozemchak, and Nancy Small
Virginia Day is an experienced spiritual director and certified chaplain (NACC). She holds Master’s degrees in Nursing and Divinity and obtained her preparation in the ministry of spiritual direction upon completion of the Master of Theology (ThM) in 2011 from the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. Since that time, Virginia has maintained a practice in spiritual direction in New York City and in Fairfield County, Connecticut. During her many years as a nurse clinician, educator, healthcare administrator and chaplain, Virginia has demonstrated a particular interest in and commitment to hospice and palliative care. Most recently, due to the Covid pandemic, her focus has been the support and well-being of first line healthcare staff. As a member of the spiritual directors affiliated with Fairfield University’s Murphy Center for Ignatian Spirituality, Virginia contributes to the Center’s mission of offering spiritual direction and programming in the Ignatian tradition to students, faculty, staff and the wider community.
BONITA A. KOZEMCHAK, Ph.D. is an experienced spiritual director. Thank you for leaning into God’s invitation! You don’t need to know WHY you are exploring the Spiritual Exercises…your DESIRE for a deeper meeting with Jesus is the best place to start.
My role is to listen you into self-discovery. Awareness to what, where, how, God is awakening and meeting you can be overwhelming. I will be beside you to assist as you discern the restlessness and wandering and wondering. You know God on paper and now you are being asked to know God in your breath and depth. An intimate relationship where only One Presence will satisfy that hunger. The 18th Annotation offers a tasting of the Spiritual Exercises with the full invitation to seek a closer relationship with God. The 19th Annotation provides a daily rhythm of prayer and reflection. In addition to traditional prayer practices I can also provide non-verbal, artistic, and non-traditional prayer forms as the need/desire arises. Thinking outside the box is always an option. I am the servant to your prayers, contemplations, reflections and relationships of life and how you choose to respond to spiritual movement.
I retired 22 years ago from being a pediatric neuropsychologist to become a stay-at-home daughter to my father for 10 years. I learned much in that beautiful and difficult time. Both experiences taught me how to listen and be present. I am a Sister of Saint Joseph Associate in Mission whose charism is to Serve the Dear Neighbor. My Spiritual Director training was with the Kairos program at The Jesuit Center, in Wernersville, PA. I also completed an internship with the Jesuit Spirituality Center for directing retreats. Additionally, I received a Certificate from Boston College in the 19th Annotation of the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises. Supervision training came through The Theology Union (Chicago). Spiritual Direction was a natural progression and has become something that gives my life color, hope and joy. I attempt to live my life out of the YES of Limitless Love and walking with others through the paradox of belonging and longing.
Nancy Small is a seasoned spiritual director, writer and retreat leader with certificates in spiritual direction, Ignatian 19th annotation retreat direction and Contemplative Clinical Practice. She worked as a hospice chaplain for twelve years and served as a former national coordinator with Pax Christi USA, a national Catholic peace and justice organization. Her book, Seizing the Nonviolent Moments: Reflections on the Spirituality of Nonviolence Through the Lens of Scripture invites readers to explore nonviolence as a spiritual practice that shapes a nonviolent heart.
Nancy is an Oblate of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie who also has deep roots in Ignatian spirituality. She earned her Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary and has served in ministries of spiritual care, pastoral leadership and peacemaking. She serves as an Ambassador of Peace with Pax Christi USA and lives with her husband in Worcester, MA where she served for several years as co-leader of spiritual programs and practices with the Kairos Spiritual Life Center.