Personally Directed Retreats

Take a step into God’s presence to pray, listen, reflect.  Enter the silence. Personally Directed Retreats provide an environment  to meet the spiritual and personal needs of the individual. This is a time to grow at one’s own pace and schedule, with the help of a personal conference each day. Listen to your hopes, your heart, and the word of God, as God comes to speak within you.  A retreat of this kind can be a great help through personal changes, decision making, or just deepening and refreshing your faith.

Come and Find Rest

We are a spiritual center providing a tranquil environment for prayer and discernment where people of all walks of life are encouraged to experience a deeper relationship with God.

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Spiritual Exercise

Retreats include personal prayer, opportunities for Morning Prayer, Mass, Reconciliation, Adoration, Stations of the Cross, Rosary, Healing Service and Spiritual Direction.



God is found in our experiences. During each retreat, the Examen is offered as a process to reflect on our daily experiences with God.



Often in our busy world we struggle to hear God’s voice. Silence deepens our spiritual life, and enables us to listen to the presence of God within ourselves.



Retreatants deepen their relationship with God through their own freedom of choice, whether making a major life decision or finding a new perspective on a certain situation.

What is a Personally Directed Retreat?

Rooted in the Gospel and the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the Personally Directed Retreat has been a part of the Jesuit tradition at Milford for more than forty years.  You will be praying in community with others, but on your own schedule, following the needs and hopes you have brought.  The Spiritual Director serves as a reflective listener and journeys with the retreatant to help pay attention to his/her relationship with God. The time away includes daily liturgy, and other activities designed to deepen one’s awareness, such as journaling, reading, working with art materials, listening to music, resting, or walking  our 37-acre-grounds.

Retreatants are encouraged to take advantage of the full seven day experience, though they may choose to come for a shorter time.


Most frequent questions and answers

Retreats begin with dinner on the first day and conclude after lunch on the final day (typically 6pm Friday to 1pm Sunday)

  • Personal Spiritual resources (ie. Bible, journal, or reflective book)
  • Alarm clock
  • Toiletries (ie. toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, razor, shaving cream, brush or comb)
  • Appropriate clothes for your walk to and from the bathroom and shower room
  • Comfortable informal clothing(we recommend clothes that can be layered, especially during the cool months)
  • Comfortable shoes for walking our grounds
  • Gym shoes for our exercise room

The bedrooms provide a sink, a writing table and chair, a small closet, and a Bible. If you have special needs, please let us know when you register and we’ll make every effort to accommodate you.

We offer a variety of retreats that meet individual needs. Depending upon the retreat you select, it may include instructional presentations, designated time for silence, prayer, and meditation, and sacramental opportunities and communal prayer.

Meals at Jesuit Spiritual Center are served in our beautiful common dining rooms. Our kitchen staff takes great pride in providing nutritious meals. We can accommodate most special dietary needs you may have, with prior notification.

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May 11 – 18, 2018Rebecca Bass; Richard Bollman, SJ; Joan Deiters, SC; Anne Flanagan, SNDdeN; Roger Johannigman; Paul Macke, SJ; Antoinette Purcell, OSB; Fran Repka, RSM; Dorothy Schuette, OSB; Dede SwinehartPlease call Mary Ellen 513.248.3500 ext. 10
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December 2 – 9, 2018Richard Bollman, SJ; Anne Flanagan, SNDdeN; Marilyn Kaiser; Paul Macke, SJ; Carol Mitchell; Julie Murray; Helen O’Brien, OSU; Dorothy Schuette, OSB; Wanda Wetli, CSJRegister Now