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 guidance of a personal conference each day. Whether you are searching for a new way of knowing God that is real and personal, wanting to deepen and refresh your faith, or may be at a crossroad and seeking direction, come and listen to your hopes, your heart, and the word of God, as God comes to speak within you.
Come and Find Rest
We provide spiritual retreats and sacred space for prayer and discernment where people of all walks of life are encouraged to experience a deeper relationship with God.Register for Your Retreat >
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. Each retreatant will meet with a Spiritual Director who serves as a companion on their week-long journey listening, responding and supporting them throughout their retreat. 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.
Register for an Upcoming Reterat
|December 2 – 9, 2018||Richard Bollman, SJ; Anne Flanagan, SNDdeN; Mary Ann Hegner; Marilyn Kaiser; Paul Macke, SJ; Julie Murray; Helen O’Brien, OSU; Dorothy Schuette, OSB; Wanda Wetli, CSJ||Register Now|
|May 10 – 17, 2019||Richard Bollman, SJ; Anne Flanagan, SNDdeN; Paul Macke, SJ; Fran Repka, RSM; Dorothy Schuette, OSB; Wanda Smith, RSM; Donna Steffen, SC; Dede Swinehart; Bob Thesing, SJ||Register Now|
|June 7 – 14, 2019||Barbara Bir, OSU; Richard Bollman, SJ; Marilyn Kaiser; Helen O’Brien, OSU; Dan Roche; Ann Vonder Meulen, OSF||Register Now|
|July 12 – 19, 2019||Barbara Bir, OSU; Richard Bollman, SJ; Joan Deiters, SC; Dan Roche; Tom Sweetser, SJ; Ann Vonder Meulen, OSF; Wanda Wetli, CSJ||Register Now|
|August 2 – 9, 2019||Rebecca Bass; Richard Bollman, SJ; Br. Ken Homan, SJ; Antoinette Purcell, OSB; Wanda Smith, RSM; Donna Steffen, SC|
|October 4 – 11, 2019||Rebecca Bass; Richard Bollman, SJ; Tom Choquette; Anne Flanagan, SNDdeN; Marilyn Kaiser; Roger Johannigman; Paul Macke, SJ; Julie Murray; Helen O’Brien, OSU; Dorothy Schuette, OSB; Dede Swinehart||Register Now|
|December 1-8, 2019||Richard Bollman, SJ; Paul Macke, SJ; Julie Murray; Helen O’Brien, OSU; Antoinette Purcell, OSB; Fran Repka. RSM; Dan Roche; Wanda Wetli, CSJ||Register Now|
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Most frequent questions and answers
Registration begins at 5:00pm on the first day followed by dinner at 6:00pm. You will meet your director at 7pm and orientation is at 7:30pm. The retreat ends with lunch at 11:45am on the last day.
This is a 7-day silent retreat which will include daily individual spiritual direction. There will be designated time for Eucharist and Morning Prayer. A selection of books from a local religious goods store will be available for purchase during the retreat. There are some art materials, clay and pastels for your use. Massage will be available with a licensed massage therapist for a fee of $60. There is an exercise room on the grounds.
- 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, writing table and chair, small closet, and Bible. There are shared bathrooms and shower rooms. If you have a special need, please let us know when you register and we will make every effort to accommodate you.
Meals at Jesuit Spiritual Center are served in our 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.