Spiritual Exercises

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. […]
November 17, 2020

Nourishing regional and rural communities: Toowoomba, QLD

When Sr Elaine Morzone opened the Sychar Spirituality Centre in Toowoomba Queensland late last year, she hoped to start some long-term faith sharing groups in the community. “I wanted to offer something that could sustain our […]
October 28, 2020

What are the Full Spiritual Exercises?

The Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola are the bedrock of Ignatian spirituality. The origin of the Exercises is found in Ignatius’ own personal experience of conversion and prayer. An avid journal keeper, Ignatius recorded […]
October 28, 2020

Experience the Full Spiritual Exercises

Sevenhill Retreat is the home of silent residential retreats for Jesuit and Ignatian Spirituality Australia. We specialise in the Full 30+ day Spiritual Exercises and other silent retreats. Located two hours drive north of Adelaide in the picturesque Clare Valley wine region, in South […]
October 28, 2020

Re-Wilding – Caroline’s experience of the Full Spiritual Exercises

‘Re-wilding’ – perhaps an unusual way to describe a deeply profound spiritual experience. How can that be? But this is what happened to Ignatius.  He set out, alone, hobbling on foot, filled with something he […]
October 6, 2020

Think you know Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises? Think again

It took a time of convalescing from a chronic illness, not unlike the experience of St Ignatius of Loyola, for Jesuit priest, author and retreat giver,  Fr. Michael Hansen, S.J., to rediscover the  First Spiritual Exercises.  These Exercises […]
October 5, 2020

How and where did First Spiritual Exercises begin?

The advent of the First Spiritual Exercises reaches back in time to 1540 when Ignatius is quoted as saying, “As a rule I would give the Exercises of the First Week”     Murray Adams, spiritual director and […]
October 5, 2020

Sowing good seeds

An intimate experience of God filled Ignatius with passionate desire to share a simple prayer method to encounter God!   His desire became the seeds of the First Spiritual Exercises and through spiritual conversations and prayer, these seeds were scattered far and wide by the early Companions. […]
October 4, 2020

The ripple effect of the First Spiritual Exercises

“I see the thread of friendship in the rippling out of this ministry internationally, friends tell friends; easy very grounded human conversations!” Frances Tilly, spiritual director, giver of the Spiritual Exercises and coordinator of Mission […]
October 4, 2020

Taking the First Spiritual Exercises to prison

“It was the multiplier effect, that was the most beautiful experience, I was in awe.”  Margaret Wiseman, spiritual director and giver of the Spiritual Exercises, is a prison chaplain and has been with Silverwater Women’s Prison for […]
September 30, 2020

Giving a First Spiritual Exercise to school students

A First Spiritual Exercise shared at the year 11 retreat of Xavier Catholic College Ballina, at Tambourine Mountain in 2019, led the Faber Centre and The Cardoner Project.  Watch as Australian Jesuit communities come together to explore the themes […]
September 29, 2020

Take Courage – A Field Hospital Spiritual Exercise

Join Frances Tilly as she guides you through a Field Hospital Spiritual Exercise.  This exercise will invite you to Take Courage. (10 mins) Jesuit and Ignatian Spirituality Australia · FSE Field Hospital Exercise – Take Courage