A Personal Ignatian Retreat: Opening to the Presence of Christ in All Things
This offering will assist participants in understanding and experiencing the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola. Presentations will include: The Life and Spirituality of St. Ignatius, The Principle and Foundation of the Exercises, An Overview of the Four Weeks of Exercises, Ignatian Prayer Forms, and Finding God in All Things.
Participants will not only learn about the Exercises but will experience them as a way of opening their hearts to the transforming power of Christ’s love. Times of silence will be observed each day, honoring the Ignatian principle that the Creator deals uniquely with the creature. Corporate worship and prayer will also be offered daily, recognizing that we do not make the spiritual journey alone but are inspired and supported by “a great cloud of witnesses".
Finding God in All Things, A Companion To The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, by William Barry, SJ, is recommended (not required) reading before this retreat.
About the retreat facilitators:
Marshall Craver serves as Associate Rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Mobile, Alabama, a church of 2,500 members, ministering primarily in the areas of adult spiritual formation, meditation and contemplative prayer groups, retreats, and one-on-one spiritual direction. He is a graduate of The University of the South's Education for Ministry Program (EFM) , a 2003 graduate of the Shalem Institute's Group Leadership Program, a 2010 graduate of Shalem's Personal Spiritual Deepening Program, and was recently asked by Shalem to travel to Seoul, South Korea, in order to work with 44 Korean pastors toward introducing contemplative prayer groups and retreats in their local congregations. Marshall is married to Jan Craver and they have three adult children: Amanda, Scott, and John.
Jackie L. Halstead, director of ICS, will also facilitate.