Ignatian prayer is imaginative, reflective, and personal. St. Ignatius of Loyola encouraged people to develop an intimate relationship with a God who loves them and desires the best for them. Ignatius of Loyola trusted human desires. He believed that our deepest desire is to return God’s love. Ignatius Loyola also trusted feelings. He believed that feelings of joy and sorrow, peace and distress, were important indicators of the path toward fruitful decisions and deeper union with God.


Ignatian Spirituality Retreats

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Please mark your calendars for the following retreats in 2018:


7Food for the Soul: Lenten Student Retreat, Sat. February 17, 9 am – 12 pm, St Mark’s Parish. Lenten retreat for students at UBC and affiliated schools. Feed your mind, body and soul. The retreat offers an opportunity for prayer, quiet reflection on student life and preparation for Lent as well as conversation and community building with other students. Coffee at 9:00 am, retreat from 9:30 -12 pm. Simple lunch following. All students are welcome. Retreat is free. Registration requested on Eventbrite:


7Sat. March 3, The Way Lenten Retreat, 12 pm – 5 pm, St. Mark’s Parish, Vancouver.
As we enter more deeply into the Lenten journey towards Easter, this afternoon retreat offers a guided preparatory reflection on how we find ourselves at this stage. Our reflection will incorporate images of pilgrimage before viewing the film The Way with Martin Sheen, followed by individual time for prayer, and small group faith sharing.
The day will begin with a simple lunch and conclude with a simple supper as opportunities for community building and socializing. All are welcome. Tickets $25-70. Student and early bird discounts available. Register on Eventbrite (link below) or at the parish office (604) 822-0261. Retreat at St. Mark’s Parish, 5935 Iona Drive, Vancouver.

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7Fall in love with God this year. Pray the Spiritual Exercises. Applications due March 9. Almost 500 years ago, St. Ignatius of Loyola developed an incredible way to encounter God through praying the scriptures & several spiritual exercises. The Jesuit Spirituality Apostolate of Vancouver (JSAV) continues this rich tradition by offering the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola in daily life. The 8-month long retreat focuses on facilitating one’s actual experience of God. JSAV offers the Exercises in a two-part format: 6 weeknight lectures in May/June plus a one-day retreat May 5; and 7 monthly lectures Oct-April. Each part is required & involves 1.25 hours of daily assigned prayer & a weekly meeting with a spiritual director. May/June lecture evenings will be at Our Lady of Mercy in Burnaby.

Applications are due March 9. Space is limited & will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information & an application, please contact the JSAV coordinator at coordinator AT jsav.ca or visit the website www.jsav.ca