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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 2022:
11-19 February, 2022
11-19 April, 2022
19-27 May, 2022
17-25 July, 2022
14-22 August, 2022
2-10 December, 2022 
Fee for food and lodging: $3,280 (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 $1,760, 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 welcome 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.


3) CONTEMPLATION WORKSHOP: BECOMING CONTEMPLATIVE IN ACTION A workshop on Ignatian Spirituality, Contemplative silence and Servant Leadership.

Content The workshop explores the spiritual profile of Ignatius Loyola the founder of the Society of Jesus which aims at a deep inner conversion and transformation. There is a constant interactive circle of Ignatian Spirituality between Contemplation, reflection on experiences and action. In particular the “kenotic” or “apophatic” prayer offers a unique proven path to the fastening of the mind in midst of myriads of distractions in order to deepen the inner journey with Jesus Christ. Inspired by biblical texts of the Psalms, the Gospel stories and the letters of Paul the Contemplative path helps to better recognize 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.
Participant Anyone interested in the topic and committed to the practice of contemplation may apply.
Facilitator Fr. Stephan Rothlin SJ has been living and working in Greater China for over 23 years. The focus of his mission is Business Ethics in the Chinese context, Christian Social Teaching and Contemplation
Medium of instruction English
Date 27-29 May 2022
Time From dinner on first day till lunch (included) on last day
Venue

Xavier House, Cheung Chau
Fee $1,800
Application


4) Theme Retreats and Workshops

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. 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 2022
Time From dinner on first day till lunch (included) on last day
Venue

Xavier House, Cheung Chau
Fee $5,600
Application

 

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