Ignatian Spiritual Direction Initiative
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Seminar Retreat on Giving the Spiritual Exercises in the 19th Annotation Format to Others

Unfortunately, this Seminar Retreat is now full.

This seminar retreat will be led by with Jim Bowler, SJ from Jan. 10–13, 2019 at The Thomas P. Joyce ‘59 Contemplative Center, College of the Holy Cross, West Boylston, Massachusetts. 

The purpose of this seminar retreat is to offer trained spiritual directors who have made the spiritual exercises an opportunity to explore the dynamics of being a spiritual director for this experience. The seminar is structured in a retreat format including periods of discussion, prayer, silence, and the Ignatian dynamic of individual reflection and group conversation.

The seminar retreat will begin with dinner on Thursday, January 10, 2019, and conclude at noon on Sunday, January 13, 2019. The cost is $375 including lodging, meals, and handout materials (excluding required texts).

Required texts:

  • St. Ignatius Own Story: As Told to Luis Gonzalez de Camera with a Sampling of Ignatius' Own Letters, William J. Young, SJ (translator), Loyola Press
  • The Ignatian Adventure, Kevin O'Brien, SJ, Loyola Press 
  • The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, Louis J. Puhl, SJ, Loyola Press
About the Presenter

Fr. Jim Bowler, SJ currently serves as pastoral minister at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Charlotte, NC, focusing on spiritual direction, supervision of spiritual directors, and offering the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. He spent 12 years at Fairfield University, where he served as Vice President of Mission and Identity and led the establishment of the Center for Ignatian Spirituality. He continues to promulgate Fairfield University’s Spiritual Direction Formation Program, where he also serves as an instructor. Before his work at Fairfield, Fr. Bowler served for more than 20 years in the area of spiritual direction as director of Campion Renewal Center in Weston, MA, executive director of the National Jesuit Retreat and Renewal Ministries and as a staff member at the Ignatius Jesuit Centre in Guelph, Ontario, where he was responsible for training and supervising spiritual directors in the Ignatian tradition.

About the Thomas P. Joyce ’59 Contemplative Center

A place for stillness, reflection, and prayer, the Thomas P. Joyce ’59 Contemplative Center is situated on a 52-acre parcel of land in West Boylston, MA, overlooking breathtaking views of the Wachusett Reservoir. The building includes a chapel, meeting rooms, dining room, and bedrooms for 60 individuals. Visit the webiste.







































Our Spring 2019 spiritual direction workshop, “Hope Does not Disappoint: Spiritual Direction in Challenging Times for our Church,” will be held on Saturday, March 30, 2019, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, in Charlotte, NC. Participate in-person at St. Peter's or live online. The workshop will be a panel discussion with Rev. Jim Bowler, SJ, pastoral minister at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Charlotte, NC, and Judy Talvacchia, spiritual director and instructor at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry.

Registration info will be available beginning in January 2019.

Questions? Contact Kevin O'Brien at kobrien1@jesuits.org.




OIS Symposium for Spiritual Directors co-sponsored with Fordham University Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education. Thursday, June 27 – 29, 2019, at Fordham University, The Bronx, New York. The Symposium is open to trained spiritual directors practicing in the USA Northeast and Maryland Provinces and will focus on deepening engagement with the Spiritual Exercises.

More information is coming soon!

Questions? Contact Lisa Hastings at lhastings@jesuits.org.




Our Fall spiritual direction workshop, “Spiritual Direction with Young Adults," will be on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, at Ignatius House, Atlanta, GA. Participate in-person at Ignatius House or live online. This workshop will be a panel discussion with Seán Sanford and Sr. Lisa Buscher, RSCJ, from OIS Ignatian Young Adult Ministries and Andy Otto from Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center and St. Thomas More Parish, Atlanta.

Registration information will be available soon.

Questions? Contact Lisa Hastings at lhastings@jesuits.org.




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