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Spiritual Exercises

WHAT IS SEEL?

The Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life (SEEL) have been described as a school of prayer, a means of discernment, a means for growing in a relationship with Christ.  They were developed by Saint Ignatius Loyola who founded the Society of Jesus (Jesuit Order) in the 16th Century. St. Ignatius really designed the Spiritual Exercises for a person who could get away from everyday life to spend thirty days in quiet, solitary prayer. He realized, however, for many people this time commitment would not be possible. So he created an everyday alternative to the Exercises referred to as the 19th Annotation, which would be extended over a period of nine months, SEEL, Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life.

WHAT IS INVOLVED IN SEEL?

  • One hour of prayer each day during the nine months of theretreat.
  • Nine monthly retreat meetings to be held on Wednesday evening. Each retreatant is part of a faith-sharing group that remains consistent throughout the nine months. These gatherings provide an opportunity to deepen the experience of the retreat.
  • Meetings with a spiritual director at least two times a month/preferably weekly for approximately one hour. Appointment times will be arranged between the director and retreatant.

WHAT WILL SEEL COST?

St. Francis Xavier Parish is subsidizing the cost of the Spiritual Exercises as part of their commitment to the spiritual life of the parish and community. The parish covers the cost of all materials, library, supervision, and education of the directors. The directors themselves donate their time for education, supervision, and direction.

However, it is important for you to know the value of the Exercises. Spiritual Exercises offered elsewhere in the Northwest Province cost the retreatants up to $1,500.00. We only ask of you a generosity of spirit and a commitment to prayer.  A goodwill offering to the SEEL program is always welcome.

WHEN AND WHERE DOES SEEL MEET?

MEETINGS ARE HELD IN REIDY HALL

SEPTEMBER 6, 2017       7:00 PM      SEEL INFORMATION/FINAL COMMITMENT

SEPTEMBER 13, 2017    7:00 PM       LIFE OF IGNATIUS RETREAT

OCTOBER 11, 2017           7:00 PM       PRINCIPLE AND FOUNDATION RETREAT

NOVEMBER 8, 2017       7:00 PM        SIN/EXAMEN RETREAT

DECEMBER 13, 2017     6:00 PM        INCARNATION RETREAT

JANUARY 10, 2018        7:00 PM        TWO STANDARDS RETREAT

FEBRUARY 21, 2018     7:00 PM         DISCERNMENT/THE CALL RETREAT

MARCH 14, 2018            7:00 PM         THE PASSION RETREAT

APRIL 11, 2018               7:00 PM          RESURRECTION RETREAT

MAY 9, 2018                   7:00 PM           CONTEMPLATIO RETREAT

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

After you have taken the time to pray about your decision to participate in SEEL and have said yes to the commitment please complete the following Application.