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

May 5 – 12, 2023
8-day retreat | $840
Richard Bollman, SJ; Joyce Detzel, CDP;  Anne Flanagan, SNDdeN; Marc Greenberg; Amy Hoover; Julie Murray; Fran Repka, RSM; Bob Thesing, SJRegister Now
June 2 – 11, 2023
10-day retreat | $1200
Barbara Bir, OSU; Richard Bollman, SJ;  Mary Ann Hegner; Todd Long; Helen O’Brien, OSURegister Now
July 10 – 15, 2023
6-day retreat | $720
Richard Bollman, SJ; Marc Greenberg; Stacy Hennessy; Mary Ann Hegner; Dede Swinehart; Bob Thesing, SJRegister Now
August 4 – 11, 2023
8-day retreat | $840
Richard Bollman, SJ;  Joan Deiters, SC; Todd Long; Antoinette Purcell, OSB;  Donna Steffen, SCRegister Now
October 6 – 13, 2023
8-day retreat | $840
Richard Bollman, SJ; Amy Hoover;  Roger Johannigman; Todd Long; Julie Murray; Helen O’Brien, OSU; Donna Steffen, SC; Dede Swinehart; Wanda Wetli, CSJRegister Now
December 1 – 8, 2023
8-day retreat | $840
Richard Bollman, SJ;  Anne Flanagan, SNDdeN; Stacy Hennessy; Paul Macke, SJ; Julie Murray; Helen O’Brien, OSU; Dan Roche; Dorothy Schuette, OSBRegister 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 8-day silent retreat which will include daily individual spiritual direction.  There will be designated time for Eucharist and Morning Prayer.  There are some art materials, clay and pastels for your use. 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. 

Meals at Jesuit Spiritual Center are served in our common dining rooms. Our kitchen staff takes great pride in providing nutritious meals.