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.

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Spiritual Exercise

Retreats include solitude, personal prayer guided by scripture, daily conference with spiritual director, Mass and morning prayer.



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.  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.

Register for an Upcoming Retreat

October 6 – 13, 2023 8-day retreat | $840 Amy Hoover;  Roger Johannigman; Todd Long; Paul Macke, SJ; Julie Murray; Helen O’Brien, OSU; Donna Steffen, SC; Wanda Wetli, CSJ Register Now
December 1 – 8, 2023 8-day retreat | $840 Anne Flanagan, SNDdeN; Stacy Hennessy; Paul Macke, SJ; Julie Murray; Helen O’Brien, OSU; Dan Roche; Dorothy Schuette, OSB; Donna Steffen, SC Register Now


Most frequent questions and answers

5:45pm                  Social
6:30                        Dinner with Conversation
7:30                        Welcome and Orientation
8:00                        Conference Talk 1 followed by Mass
7:00am                  Rise
7:45                        Morning Prayer
8:00                        Breakfast in Silence
8:45                        Group Photo
9:00                        Conference Talk 2
9:45                        Quiet Prayer & Reflection
10:15                     Stations of the Cross
11:00                     Conference Talk 3
11:30                     Quiet Prayer & Reflection
12:00pm               Lunch in Silence
12:30 – 1:45         Individual Spiritual Direction
  2:00                     Conference Talk 4
  3:15                     Sacrament of Reconciliation
  4:45                     Mass
  5:45                     Dinner in Silence
  6:45                     Conference Talk 5
  7:15                     Quiet Prayer & Reflection
  8:00                     Healing Service followed by Exposition
                               and All-night Adoration
   7:00am              Rise
   7:45                    Benediction
   8:00                    Breakfast in Silence
   9:00                    Conference Talk 6
  10:15                   Rosary
  11:00                   Mass
  11:45                   Lunch with Conversation
  12:30pm             End of Retreat

*Retreat schedule is subject to change.

Retreats are directed by an experienced retreat master who provides a series of presentations designed to assist you with your prayer, reflection, and spiritual journey.

Our Ignatian Weekend Retreats are silent retreats. 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. 

In addition to the presentations and silence, you will have the opportunity to participate in Mass, Reconciliation, Adoration, Rosary, Stations of the Cross, Healing Service, and Spiritual Direction.

  • Personal Spiritual resources (i.e., Bible, Journal, or reflection materials)
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss
  • Deodorant
  • Lotion/moisturizer
  • Eye mask and/or earplugs
  • Shower shoes
  • Bathrobe
  • Slippers
  • Sweater or jacket
  • Chair cushion, pillow, and/or throw blanket
  • Medications
  • Special shampoo or soap

Each bedroom has a sink, writing table, chair, small closet, and a bible. 

There are three communal wash rooms in the retreat house. Each wash rooms has private bathrooms, shower stalls, and dressing rooms.

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.