Spiritual Exercises

October 5, 2021

Like a Butterfly – Isabel’s experience of the Spiritual Exercises

I arrived at the Exercises ready to move into a cocoon, I was weary, tired, dejected, wounded, I needed tender loving care. I was ready to hide in Your cocoon. I had travelled a long […]
October 5, 2021

The First Spiritual Exercises Ministry seeds scatter far and wide

The First Spiritual Exercises ministry began in Australia over 17 years ago when it was suggested to Michael Hansen SJ that he research and write about the exercises first offered by Ignatius and his companions. […]
October 5, 2021

News from the First Spiritual Exercises Ministry

This month we begin a regular segment bringing you news of JISA’s First Spiritual Exercises Ministry (FSE) which is interwoven through many of our offerings. As demand for the First Spiritual Exercises is growing, the […]
August 2, 2021

Finding God: St Ignatius and Spiritual Exercises

What does it mean to pray the Spiritual Exercises? This children’s animation from Loyola Press simply and beautifully explains the significance of the practice in the world today. To learn more about the Spiritual Exercises […]
June 29, 2021

Delight and Meaning in Mary – A First Spiritual Exercise

A First Spiritual Exercise with Frances Tilly, JISA Formation Mission Formation Coordinator. Using the Second Method of Prayer which Ignatius encourages in the Spiritual Exercises [249-257], we slowly consider the Hail Mary as we deepen our relationship with Mary, the mother of […]
May 11, 2021

“God of Surprises” A transformative experience of the Spiritual Exercises in Daily Life

Curiosity got the better of me when I saw Gerard Hughes’ “God of Surprises” in a list of publications while searching online for a book on post war Berlin. I recalled many images of God […]
March 31, 2021

Forming the Priests of the future through the Full Spiritual Exercises 

Margaret Claver FCJ, spiritual director at JISA Campion, reflects on this important JISA Campion ministry to the Seminarians which had its own challenges keeping COVID-safe during 2020. One of the enduring ministries of life at JISA […]
March 31, 2021

Getting out of the way of the Holy Spirit

Terry Fanning, Spiritual Director, Retreat Facilitator and Supervisor with JISA Campion reflects on some experiences of giving the Spiritual Exercises. “My experience of being in the ministry of the Spiritual Exercises has been like a […]
March 31, 2021

The Spirit is subtle and gentle – if you look, you will see it amongst the chaos

This is the first in a series of reflections from Annmaree Sutton, a giver of the First Spiritual Exercises with JISA Campion in Melbourne. She shares some of her most transforming moments in her ministry […]
February 23, 2021

Utterly Illuminating – Michael Loughnane’s experience of the Spiritual Exercises

Michael Loughnane shares his experience of making the Spiritual Exercises and the lasting affects in his life. Michael made the Spiritual Exercises in silence over 30 days when he was 24 years old during the […]
February 8, 2021

A Reflection on a Retreat in Isolation by Theresa Denny

COVID days … isolation … only leave home to exercise or go to the supermarket … no tennis or yoga … no face-to-face spiritual direction/supervision or delivery of prayer sessions, nor attendance at church. Strange […]
November 17, 2020

Making life-giving choices: Claire’s experience of the Full Spiritual Exercises

When Claire Thomas first considered the Spiritual Exercises, she was working in a large school in Sydney and kept hearing an invitation to be part of the continuing legacy of Ignatian Spiritualty. “I was curious. […]