The Spiritual Exercises
(a Retreat made in Daily Life)
How Are The Spiritual
In the Vancouver area, the Jesuit Spirituality Apostolate of Vancouver offers the Spiritual Exercises in the “Daily Life” adaptation (as opposed to normal 30 or
40 day intensive retreat format at a Retreat House).
The “Daily Life” format is the adaptation made by St. Ignatius to allow one to pray the Retreat whilst still continuing one’s normal life (family, work, etc.)
In this format, a person prays for one hour a day (often at home) as instructed by the retreat director. Then one meets once weekly with the retreat director to discuss and discern the presence and action of God in the past week’s prayer. It also involves attending instructional lectures about prayer methodology and content.
The Spiritual Exercises in Daily Life Retreat has two essential parts.
1: (May – mid-June) A Retreat Practicum for learning the Prayer necessary
for this Retreat (the successful completion of which is a necessary
requisite for Part 2).
(Part 1 also includes an evening lecture every
Part 2: (October – April) The Spiritual Exercises proper.
(Part 2 includes an evening lecture every month)