Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life (S.E.E.L.) 14 Retreat


Monthly Sessions: Saturday, Oct. 9, Nov. 13, Dec. 4, Jan. 8, Feb. 5, March 12 & April 9, 9 am - 12 pm
Closing Session: Saturday, May 14, 9 am - 3 pm
Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center, Hiawatha, IA

Ann Jackson, PBVM, Lucille Winnike, FSPA, & Rev. Rose Blank
Delve deeply into God's presence in your life through a nine-month retreat

“Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life offers a way to reflect and sift through life’s experiences and to discover in them the leading thread of God’s longing and desire to make us a holy people who are given in service to others” (Carol Ann Smith and Eugene F. Merz, Moment to Moment: A Retreat in Everyday Life).

Do you long for GOD? Do you desire time to reflect on your spiritual path and the movement of the Spirit within your life? Do you wish to enrich your spiritual experience through monthly prayer and reflection? Would you like a framework in which to explore and pray your “heart’s desire”? Join facilitators Rose Blank; Ann Jackson, PBVM; and Lucille Winnike, FSPA, at Prairiewoods (120 East Boyson Road in Hiawatha) for Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life (S.E.E.L.), a nine-month retreat based on the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Ignatius explored a number of different kinds of prayer in creating the Exercises. He recognized that emotions and feelings in addition to the intellect help us to sense the movement of the Spirit in our lives. The Exercises develop dispositions of the heart for prayer, which then become part of daily life. Retreatants in S.E.E.L. become increasingly aware of the presence of and activity of God in all things. They learn to discern that movement of God in their lives and in the world and to integrate meditation, contemplation and action. Participation in S.E.E.L. requires a time commitment.

We invite you to commit to one hour of prayer each day for nine months; at least one monthly meeting with a spiritual director; and nine monthly Saturday sessions, Sept. 2021 through May 2022. (Monthly meeting dates are Sept. 11, Oct. 9, Nov. 13, Dec. 4, Jan. 8, Feb. 5, March 12, April 9 and May 14.) This retreat is best suited for those who have or are interested in establishing a discipline of regular personal prayer, have experience of sharing their spiritual journey with others, and who are called and committed to deepening personal faith and nurturing a spirituality that transforms society.

The cost of this nine-month retreat is $450 (payable in Sept. 2021 or in monthly installments of $50) plus monthly spiritual direction sessions paid separately (usually $45 per hour). Online registration is not available. For more information or to request an application, contact Prairiewoods Spirituality Center at 319-395-6700.

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