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

I. Personal Retreats

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) Individual Guided Eight Day Retreat in Ignatian Tradition: 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 2021:
11-19 March, 2021
29 March - 6 April, 2021
1-9 June, 2021
14-22 July, 2021
2-10 August, 2021
1-9 December, 2021

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.

II. Theme Retreats and Workshops

“Behold! I Make All Things New” (Rev 21:5):
Finding God in all things, and seeing all things new in Christ
Eight Day Theme Retreat

Content An important part of the story of our spiritual journey is the moment of "conversion". Conversion is way of seeing things in a new way, of going beyond the limitations of our past, of being transformed and in a way "being born again". As we encounter the transforming love of God in our retreat, we will look at the important dimensions of "reconciliation" that are part of that conversion reality: reconciled to God, reconciled with others, reconciled with creation. To help us deepen our contemplation of our personal conversion and reconciliation, we will reflect on the life journey of St. Ignatius of Loyola. But as part of a much larger story of redemption, our personal conversion leads us to be aware of our call to participate in the renewal of society and creation, and so we will ponder some of Pope Francis' recent teachings.
Participant Participants who have joined prayer workshop or have previous experience of individual guided retreat for four-days-three-nights or above in Ignatian style.
Facilitator Fr. Peter McIsaac SJ
Peter was born in Canada, but has lived and worked in Jamaica for many years. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1989. After theological studies in East Africa, he was ordained a priest in 1998 and was assigned to Jamaica. He has been involved in social ministries, education, and pastoral work, but more recently has focused his ministry on retreat work and the spiritual formation of priests, deacons and lay persons. He has many years of experience directing the Spiritual Exercises, and giving retreats and workshops across the Caribbean, US, Canada, Africa and Asia. He is currently establishing an Institute of Spirituality for the English-Speaking Caribbean, and was recently appointed Jesuit Regional Superior of Guyana and Jamaica.
Medium of instruction English, may choose English or Cantonese for spiritual direction
Date 4 Oct -12 Oct 2021
Time From dinner on first day till lunch (included) on last day
Venue

Xavier House, Cheung Chau
Fee $5,200
Application

 

Contemplation, Self-Mastery and Leadership in times of crises

Content IGNATIUS LOYOLA: THE ICON OF A CONTEMPLATIVE LEADER
The course marks the beginning of the Ignatian Year (May 2021 through July 2022) in remembrance of a deep spiritual transformation Ignatius Loyola the founder of the Society of Jesus experienced in his life as he recovered from being wounded from a cannon explosion.
The course links Contemplative prayer of silence with serving leadership. It explores how a rigorous regular Contemplative practice may lead to a profound inner transformation. In particular the “kenotic” or “apophatic” prayer offers a unique proven path to deepen the inner journey with Jesus Christ.
Inspired by biblical texts of the Psalms, the Gospel of John and the letters of Paul the Contemplative path is constantly challenged better recognise the individual mission as well a shared mission for and with the poor and disadvantaged.
The course would also offer a space for creative sharing and thinking about the effects and unique opportunities of the pandemic for a more Contemplative lifestyle in midst of a troubled and corrupt context.
Participant Anyone interested in the topic and committed to the practice of contemplation
Facilitator Fr. Stephan Rothlin SJ
Fr. Stephan lives and works in Greater China since 22 years. The focus of his mission is Business Ethics in the Chinese context, Christian Social Teaching and Contemplation
Medium of instruction English
Date 14-16 May 2021
Time From dinner on first day till lunch (included) on last day
Venue

Xavier House, Cheung Chau
Fee $1,500
Application

 

An Ecological Conversion: ECO-Spirituality Workshop

Content In the book of Genesis, God created a harmonious garden of Eden for his creatures and Adam and Eve to live together peacefully. God also put Adam and Eve in charge to till and keep the garden. However, the result of the original sin is our wounded earth. Pope Francis calls this wounded mother as the poorest of the poor. Like Jesus of Nazareth, we are sons and daughters of the earth and descendants of the universe, we are called to undergo an ecological conversion to become ambassadors of the earth. We are as small as Hong Kong in the world; however, our ecological conversion can affect the rest of mankind gradually. This workshop is designed for all people of good will, religious or non-religious, all are welcomed. After all, we are all interconnected in the cosmic web of life.
Participant Anyone who are interested in ECO-spirituality, who loves the nature or who has a desire to take a first step to care for our wounded earth.
Facilitator Fr. Francis Xu
Born in Jilin Province, People’s Republic of China, Francis is a young Catholic priest. He finished his philosophy studies at Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines, and fundamental theology at Jesuit St. Robert Bellarmine Theologate Fujen Catholic University, Taipei. He graduated with a Licientiate in Ecotheology from Jesuit Theologate of Berkeley at Santa Clara University California and MA in Film and Media Production from New York Film Academy Los Angeles Campus.
Medium of instruction English
Date 13 Dec (Mon) - 17 Dec (Fri) 2021
Time From dinner on first day till lunch (included) on last day
Venue

Xavier House, Cheung Chau
Fee $2,300
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