Please thoughtfully answer the following questions -- meant to help discern if this is the right time for you to pray the Spiritual Exercises.  This is a means to reflect and express yourself.  Only the retreat team and potentially your spiritual director will see your responses.  Thank you!

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* 1. Please enter your contact information

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* 2.  Please discuss why your're considering praying the Spiritual Exercises at this time?  -- What do you hope to receive from them?

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* 3.  Describe your prayer life:
How --  and how often --  do you pray? 
(e.g., rosary, centering prayer, lectio divina; daily, sporadically, for 15 minutes, for an hour, etc.)
-- Be as concrete as possible.

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* 4.  How much time each week do these practices consume? 

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* 5.  Describe your retreat experience (if any) for the past several years.
-- What type of retreat (e.g., guided, individually directed, weekend, etc.)
-- Do you have experience with Ignatian prayer?  Please describe.

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* 6.  If you are presently involved in regular spiritual direction, how often do you meet with your director?
-- Are you comfortable with the idea of talking to someone about your spiritual experiences? 

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* 7.  In addition to the weekly meetings with your spiritual director, you have the option of joining a small group of other participants which will meet roughly twice monthly (for a total of 12 sessions).  These gatherings are facilitated by members of the retreat team and afford participants the opportunity to share the graces and challenges of the retreat with others in a safe, supportive and confidential environment.  Many have found this helpful.  It is, however, another time commitment and may not be a good fit for everyone.   Would you be interested in being assigned to one of these small groups?

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* 8.  Where would you prefer meeting with your spiritual director?

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* 9. How did you hear about this retreat program?

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* 10. Praying the Spiritual Exercises is a rigorous experience that requires discipline and generosity of spirit -- manifest in the dedication of time it requires:

10-12 hours each week over the course of 9 months (September--May)


Those who do embark on this retreat will need to commit to the following:

§  One uninterrupted hour of daily prayer and journaling

§  Weekly hour-long meetings with your spiritual director

§  Four large group gatherings –

--  Saturday, October 26, 2020, 1-4:00 pm (Instructional Session)
--  Thursday, November 21, 2020, 7-8:30 pm (Advent Gathering)
--  Thursday, March 12, 2020, 7-8:30 pm (Lenten Gathering)
--  Thursday, May 7, 2020, 6-8 pm (Easter season Mass & Meal) 

A donation of $100 is suggested. Your gift will help defray the costs of program materials and provide a very modest stipend to our volunteer spiritual directors. Make checks payable to "Loyola University Maryland." Thank you!

The long retreat is undeniably a commitment of time and resolve – one that may or may not be right for everyone or perhaps not right at this time.  

Given the above -- is this a feasible time for you to pray the Spiritual Exercises?

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