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The Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life (SEEL) Retreat
The Spiritual Exercises is a series of prayers, meditations, and reflections put together by St. Ignatius of Loyola, the 16th founder of the Society of Jesus, the Jesuits. Here is the link to the application: SEEL Retreat Application. Please scroll down for more information about the retreat and the application process.
What past Retreatants have said About The Spiritual Exercises In Everyday Life
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The Novena of Grace
The Novena of Grace takes place annually March 4 -12th at St. Francis Xavier Parish in honor of our patron, St. Francis Xavier.
Although the Novena of Grace is a Catholic prayer tradition in Jesuit communities, it is open to people of all faiths. It affords all who participate time to reflect, and to open one’s self to God’s Spirit and the healing grace that rejuvenates and transforms our lives.
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History of the Novena
The Novena of Grace, which begins March 4th and ends on the 12th, the day of the canonization of St. Francis Xavier, owes its origin to the Saint himself. At. Naples, in December, 1633, Father Marcello Mastrilli, S.J. was at the point of death. The Saint appeared to him and, bidding him renew a vow he had made to labor in Japan, said:
PROMISE: “All those who implore my help daily for nine consecutive days, from the 4th to the 12th of March included, and worthily receive the Sacraments of Penance and the Holy Eucharist on one of the nine days, will experience my protection and may hope with entire assurance to obtain from God any grace they ask for the good of their souls and the glory of God.”
The priest arose, instantly healed. So well has the Saint kept this promise that this devotion in his honor has universally known as the Novena of Grace.