Magis National Retreat 2015

What is the Magis Retreat?

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.

Retreat dates and location for 2015

The retreat will be held Thursday, June 25 – Wednesday, July 1 in 2015. The location for the retreat is the Manresa Jesuit Retreat House in Bloomfield, Hills, Michigan  Click here to learn more about the Conference Center, which is situated beautifully on 37 spacious acres.

Retreatants are asked to fly into Detroit Airport (DTW) by 2:00 PM on June 25th and will be shuttled to the retreat center, which is about 60 minutes depending on traffic.  Returning flights can be booked after 10:30 A.M. on July 1  to allow enough time to get to the airport amidst rush hour traffic.


What is the typical daily schedule?

Our “mostly silent” retreat mornings include breakfast followed by an Introduction to the topic of the day related to the Spiritual Exercises.  Before and after lunch are times for reflection/prayer and/or spiritual direction. Eucharistic Liturgy or prayer service is offered  before dinner.

Evenings include communal evening prayer followed by social time and conversation on the day.

Each day, retreatants will have the opportunity to meet with team members for spiritual reflection and conversation.

For More Information

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.

If you have any logistical questions, contact Sue Rush at or (203) 254-4000 ext. 3404.

A few testimonials:

“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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