Spiritual Exercises

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. […]
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 […]