Join us for our upcoming Ignatian Silent Retreat for Women on November 28-30! The retreat is conference style, with several 30-minute conferences each day. There will be time for silent prayer and reflection on the material presented between conferences. The retreat leader, Sr. Catherine Michaud, PhD, CSJ, will also be available during these times for individual spiritual direction. The retreat begins late-afternoon on Tuesday and concludes after lunch on Thursday.
We have spots for 60 women for each retreat. Reservations are first come, first served—and fill up quickly—so we encourage you to register as soon as possible! Should we receive your registration after we have reached capacity, you will be contacted and asked whether you wish to be placed on a waiting list.
St. Ignatius and Women: Wisdom from His Letters
The communication between St. Ignatius and the women in his life lets us glimpse the secret fullness of his heart. The letters are a mirror into Ignatius’s life and works. We see his fidelity, his fire, his personal engagement, as well as his circumspection and careful language.
Many works of the Society of Jesus today would not be viable without their lay colleagues and benefactors. During St. Ignatius’s lifetime, the Society largely owed its existence to the generosity and friendship of women. Women from every walk of life were personally engaged with him: corresponding with him, challenging him, contributing to his community, depending on him for solace, and seeking his spiritual guidance. Who were some of these memorable women? What do we have in common with them? Among others, we will meet Queen Catherine of Portugal born to her Castilian parents in 1507; Isabel of Portugal, skeptical mothers of young men wishing to join the Society of Jesus, and Ignatius’s long-time personal friends. Can their stories enlighten and bless us?
The retreats are held at Christ the King Retreat Center or “King’s House,” which is run by the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. The retreat house opened in 1952 and is located 40 miles west of Minneapolis on a bluff overlooking Buffalo Lake. Its tree-covered grounds provide a sacred place of meditation and quiet time. All retreatants will have private rooms so that they will have the solitude needed to make their retreat.