Magis National Retreat 2014


What is the Magis Retreat all about?

The aim of the Magis National Retreat is to provide faculty and administrators from Jesuit colleges and universities an opportunity to integrate Ignatian spirituality into their professional and personal lives. Based on the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius Loyola, the retreat is six days of prayer, reflection, and focused conversations. This is a unique blend between an academic conference, which emphasizes intellectual give and take, and an Ignatian retreat, which emphasizes primarily the individual’s encounter with God.

Who can be involved?

Our target group consists of faculty and administrators who are comfortable with the Ignatian dimensions of their schools and yet desirous of experiencing a personal deepening of what inspires and sustains those dimensions.  The retreat is open to all, not just to those who are Roman Catholics. What we ask from participants is the desire to learn more about the Ignatian tradition by spending some sustained quality time in the actual experience of the Exercises. Participants should understand that silence is observed throughout the day and into the early evening hours (including at meals) to make people more available to the movements of the retreat.

When and where will this retreat take place? AND HOW DO I REGISTER?

The retreat will be held Monday, June 15 – Sunday, June 21 in 2015. The location for the retreat is he Conference Center at the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, IL.  Click here to learn more about the Conference Center, which is situated beautifully on 900 spacious acres with private, air-conditioned rooms with baths.

Retreatants are asked to fly into O’Hare International Airport by 3:00 PM on June 15 and will be shuttled to the Conference Center, which is about 45-60 minutes north of the city, depending on traffic.  Returning flights can be booked after 10:00 A.M. on June 21  to allow enough time to get to the airport amidst rush hour traffic.  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE  What is the typical daily schedule?*

A.M: 8:00 to 8:45 Breakfast 9:00 to 9:45 Introduction to topic of the day 9:45 to 12:00 Reflection/Prayer Time

P.M. 12:00 Lunch 1:00 to 4:45 Reflection/Prayer Time 5:00 Eucharistic Liturgy or prayer service 5:30 Dinner 8:00 Communal Evening Prayer 8:30 Social Time and Conversation on the Day *Throughout the day, retreatants will have the opportunity to meet with team members for spiritual reflection and conversation. Where can I get more information and how do I register?

Begin by talking to your mission and identity officer to see if the retreat is right for you.  Alternately, you could contact Joe DeFeo at or (203)254-4000 ext. 2147.

To register, please contact Sue Rush at or (203) 254-4000 ext. 3404. A few testimonials follow: “It was one of the most productive weeks I’ve spent. [I’d recommend this] To all faculty. I liked the mix of people from various universities and various backgrounds.” “This would be an excellent opportunity for you to come to a deeper understanding of Ignatian spirituality in a retreat format that will prove welcoming to individuals from a variety of religious backgrounds, or for whom involvement in religious community was not familiar.” “It is remarkably restorative as well as challenging…” “Journeying on retreat with colleagues from other Jesuit institutions is expertly valuable.” “I would emphasize the value of its peace, of pulling away, of achieving fresh perspective…even for those less devotionally inclined.” “This retreat is an opportunity for spiritual growth; a great time for reflection/discernment. Good presentation of the Ignatian vision/spirit of our institution.” “An opportunity to get know yourself and God more deeply.

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