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Personal & Communal Retreats

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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 2020:
6-14 April, 2020
16-24 June 2020
2-10 August 2020
25 November – 3 December 2020
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)
Application:

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

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 15 Mar -19 Mar, 2020
Time From dinner on first day till lunch (included) on last day
Venue

Xavier House, Cheung Chau
Fee $2,300
Application


Eight Day Theme Retreat: (Theme to be Confirmed)

Content To be Confirmed
Participant Participants who have joined prayer workshop or have previous experience of individual guided retreat for three days or above in Ignatian style.
Facilitator Fr. Gerald Whelan, SJ
Medium of instruction
English, may choose English or Cantonese for spiritual direction
Date
19 Jul – 27 Jul, 2020
Time
From dinner on first day till lunch (included) on last day
Venue
Xavier House, Cheung Chau
Fee
$5,200
Application


To Shine Light on those in Darkness (Eight Day Theme Retreat)

Content Many of us are familiar with God's presence when it inspires us with joy, or hope, or touches us with what we normally understand as "love". But we struggle in times of darkness and dryness in our prayer. It seems we are easily distracted, and easily deceived. We look for ways to re-kindle the "fire" of God's love within us, and try to find practices for persevering when the path seems narrow and difficult. Our retreat will focus our prayer on the God who touches us, strengthens us, and nourishes us, even when we strain to discern His presence and "light". We will also look to some of the great saints who similarly struggled in their spiritual journey, and whose experience has much to teach us about genuine discernment.
Participant Participants who have joined prayer workshop or have previous experience of individual guided retreat for three days or above in Ignatian style.
Facilitator Fr. Peter McIsaac, SJ
Fr Peter McIsaac SJ was born in Canada, but has lived and worked in Jamaica for many years. Fr McIsaac entered the Society of Jesus in 1989. After completing his Licentiate in Theology in 1998, he was ordained a priest. He has been involved in social ministries, education, and pastoral work. From 2006-2012, Fr McIsaac was Regional Superior of the Society of Jesus. He has directed the deaconate programme for the Archdiocese of Jamaica and has taught systematic theology at the St Michael's Theological College. He has many years of experience directing the Spiritual Exercises, and giving retreats and workshops across the Caribbean, US, Canada, Africa and Asia.
Medium of instruction
English, may choose English or Cantonese for spiritual direction
Date
4 Oct -12 Oct 2020
Time
From dinner on first day till lunch (included) on last day
Venue
Xavier House, Cheung Chau
Fee
$5,200
Application

Silence: Learning the Language of God in our Prayer (Theme Retreat for Beginners)

Content A short retreat that will help the retreatant with some of the fundamentals of contemplation, with a focus on the beauty and the importance of silence for "hearing the Word" that is spoken to us in the depths of our hearts. In the embrace of that silence, we discover a solitude where we can enter God's presence without fear or resistance, and open our hearts to our "neighbour" with compassion. In silence and solitude, then, we become aware of our God -- who contemplates us with a silent gaze of love. The retreat will also be an opportunity to explore some methods that help us become more silent within.
Participant Beginners on Ignatian journey, who have little or no previous retreat experience
Facilitator Fr. Peter McIsaac, SJ
Fr Peter McIsaac SJ was born in Canada, but has lived and worked in Jamaica for many years. Fr McIsaac entered the Society of Jesus in 1989. After completing his Licentiate in Theology in 1998, he was ordained a priest. He has been involved in social ministries, education, and pastoral work. From 2006-2012, Fr McIsaac was Regional Superior of the Society of Jesus. He has directed the deaconate programme for the Archdiocese of Jamaica and has taught systematic theology at the St Michael's Theological College. He has many years of experience directing the Spiritual Exercises, and giving retreats and workshops across the Caribbean, US, Canada, Africa and Asia.
Medium of instruction
English, may choose English or Cantonese for spiritual direction
Date
23 Oct – 26 Oct, 2020
Time
From dinner on first day till lunch (included) on last day
Venue
Xavier House, Cheung Chau
Fee
$2,000
Application




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