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Xavier House provides retreats for individuals and communities according to Ignatian tradition.

Personal retreats given can be from 2 days up to 30 days. Spiritual direction may be offered upon request and subject to availability.

We have certain requirements for those who apply for 8 days or more:


1) Eight Day Retreat: During the 8-day retreats, retreatants will have up to four contemplative prayers each day, approximately one hour for each prayer. Spiritual direction will be provided. Applicants should have 3 or 5-day individual guided retreat experience before. Applicants who do not have such experiences are recommended to come for shorter retreats first.
Spiritual Direction in English can be provided in the following eight day retreats in 2019:
15-23 April, 2019
14-22 June 2019
17-25 September 2019
5-13 November 2019
2-10 December 2019
Fee for food and lodging: $2,800 (This fee does not include fees for spiritual direction, offering would be appreciated. For reference, the unit cost of spiritual direction for eight day retreat is HK$1600, for details please refer to
http://xavier.ignatian.net/html/eng/activities/q&a-retreat.html)
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2) Thirty Day Spiritual Exercise: Written by St. Ignatius of Loyola. Spiritual Exercises is a long retreat to meditate on the Life of Jesus Christ through prayers, meditations and contemplations, in order to prepare and dispose the soul to rid itself of all inordinate attachments, to seek and find the will of God in the disposition of our life for the salvation of our soul. [Sp. Ex. #1]
The Spiritual Exercises is different from ordinary individual directed retreat. On one hand, there are specific contents for prayer and contemplation; on the other hand, each exercitant's spiritual journey is unique. It will be very profitable for both the exercitant and the spiritual director to enter with openness and generosity to God, to explore and discover the grace in this interior journey. The exercitant shall have thorough understanding and personal experiences of Ignatian prayer and dynamics, therefore it is expected that the applicant shall have eight-day individual guided retreat in an Ignatian tradition within two years. The application process is a discernment process, where the applicant will be accompanied by a spiritual director to discern whether one is well disposed for the Spiritual Exercises.
Applicants please contact the Director or the Formation Officer of Xavier House directly to initiate the discernment process. Please allow at least six months for the process.

Groups are welcomed to come for communal silent retreats. Please note that total silence shall be observed in Xavier House. Subject to availability, applicant groups may request for a member of our team of spiritual directors to provide input and guidance during the retreat period.




Theme Retreat: Surrendering to the Beloved

Facilitator Fr. Peter McIsaac, SJ
Participant Participants who have joined prayer workshop or have experience of individual guided retreat for three days or above in Ignatian style
Content As we grow more mature in our relationships, we recognize that there are “seasons” in our hearts: times of growth and fruitfulness; as well as times of pruning and sacrifice. So too in the relationship of prayer and the spiritual journey – as well as in the process of discernment. In this retreat we will explore ways in which God leads us in the difficult seasons of our hearts and calls us to deep trust in His love. We will use the film “Of gods and men” to open our contemplation of God’s love and our trust.
Medium of instruction English, may choose English or Cantonese for spiritual direction
Date June 28, 2019 (Friday) to Jul 1, 2019 (Monday)
Time From dinner on first day till lunch (included) on last day
Venue

Xavier House, Cheung Chau
Fee $2,600
Application


Day Retreat: Encountering “The Other” 一天主題避靜:與他者相遇

Facilitator
主講
Fr. Peter McIsaac, SJ
Participant
對象
Anyone interested in the theme 對是次主題有興趣的人士
Content
內容
At the heart of our spiritual journey is the discovery of our longing to be united with “the One” whom we encounter as the mystery of Love. Love is the movement out of “self” to the “other” – and it defines who we are and what both our purpose and destiny is. The love of God and the love of neighbour – the path of Christian salvation – is a life-long journey that always involves seeing, desiring and choosing the “other” beyond the self. Our day of reflection will explore the freedom of love and its demands.
靈修的核心是發現心靈深處的渴望:與祂--這位愛的奧秘--的相遇。愛的動力使我們走出自我,迎向他者;愛讓我們找到自己的身份、生命的終向和意義。基督徒的成聖之路—愛主愛人—更是一個終身旅程,邀請我們超越自我,得以看見、渴望並選擇他者。讓我們在這天的避靜一起反思和探索愛帶來的自由和邀請。
Medium of instruction
語言
English, with Cantonese simultaneous interpretation
英語,有需要的朋友可選擇廣東話即時傳譯
Date
日期
Jul 13, 2019
2019年7月13日(星期六)
Time
時間
9:30am to 4:30pm
Venue
地點
9/F Catholic Diocese Centre, Caine Road, Hong Kong
香港堅道天主教教區中心9樓
Fee
費用
$200
Application
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COURSE: CONTEMPLATION and LEADERSHIP

The course aims to open a space of inner silence and emptying one's mind from negative thoughts, and to offer the key focus of the Spiritual Exercises by Ignatius Loyola on finding its own personal vocation and passion. The course highlights how Contemplation inspires the key attitudes of Christian Social Teaching of solidarity, subsidiarity and the concern for the disadvantaged.

The course includes four sessions throughout the year: two sessions at Xavier House, Cheung Chau Island (Friday 8pm-Saturday 3pm) and two sessions at Magis Hall of the Wah Yan College Kowloon, Hong Kong (Sunday 1pm-6pm). Participants are required to enrol in all the four courses. It is not possible to select only one or two courses. Participants need to be committed for a daily practice of Contemplation. The course is conducted in English.

Based on key elements of the Spiritual Exercises as developed by Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556) Contemplation is done with biblical texts, images and symbols as well as with mantras. The course explains how Contemplation has been developed in the Christian tradition of the Prayer of Jesus and allows to deepen the understanding of one's own spiritual tradition. However, Contemplation also opens a gate to other wisdom traditions such as Confucianism, Buddhism, Islam, Daoism and Confucianism which lead the soul to true silence. The method focuses on the awareness of the breathing and the body as well as on a mantra. Contemplation can be practiced by everyone. The inputs by the instructor aim to encourage the participants to realize the rich impact of Contemplation and inspire to a serious daily practice. Contemplation may become a decisive factor which prevents people who going through the crisis of cancer and other serious physical challenges from falling into the trap of despair and frustration. 

Key elements of a successful practice on Contemplation are:

a) Experiencing and keeping inner silence;

b) Commitment to a daily practice of Contemplation;

c) Support by a group of likeminded practitioners;

d) Learning from Spiritual Masters such as Teresa from Avila, Ignatius Loyola,

e) Teresa from the Child Jesus, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Alfred Delp

f) Learning from wisdom texts: poems; bible; psalms;

g) Writing a spiritual Journal and self-management;

h) Practicing Tibetan Exercises;

i) Getting an introduction to Fasting;

j) Experience meditative dance.

The Course includes:

1) Retreat: VISUALIZED AND KENOTIC CONTEMPLATION
Date and Time: Friday, 17th May, 8:00pm – Sunday, 19th May, 3:00pm
Place: Xavier House, Cheung Chau

2) Workshop:
Date and Time: Saturday, 29nd June, 1:00pm – 6:00pm
Place: Magis Hall, Wah Yan Kowloon

3) Retreat: VOCATION & LEADERSHIP
Date and Time: Friday, 11th October, 8:00pm – Sunday, 13th October, 3:00pm
Place: Xavier House, Cheung Chau

4) Workshop
Date and Time: Saturday, 16th November, 1:00pm – 6:00pm
Place: Magis Hall, Wah Yan Kowloon


The Instructor: Dr. Stephan Rothlin S.J. is licensed Instructor of Contemplation and accomplished his formation under the guidance of the German Zen Master Fr. Willigis Jaeger O.S.B.

Medium of Instruction: English

Course Fee: HK$3,800

Application:

 

 

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