Welcome to JISA Faber

Ignatian Spirituality in Queensland has its home at JISA Faber, located on the edge of Mt Coot-tha, in the leafy suburb of Bardon. We acknowledge the Yugara Aboriginal people who, in the past, came to the area to collect ‘ku-ta’ (honey) produced by the native stingless bees. We pay our respects to Yugara elders past, present and future.

With our proximity to Mt Coot-tha, often called the ‘Place of the Honey-Bee Dreaming’ we look to provide a place of spiritual ‘sweetness’ and nourishment. A place to be refreshed and energized by Ignatian Spirituality which promises inner healing, wellbeing, and clarity. Our work is steeped in the spirituality of Saint Ignatius Loyola, and we reach out to people from all traditions to anyone who is seeking a new way of being in today’s world.

JISA Faber is a community of women and men from diverse backgrounds. We come from the arts, engineering, and education, we have a range of religious, family, and corporate experience, including interests in social justice and the environment.

We are united in our passion for Ignatian Spirituality which has transformed our own lives, and inspires us to share its gifts, through programs such as:

  • The Full Spiritual Exercises in Daily Life over 30+ weeks in daily life
  • The First Spiritual Exercises over 4 weeks in daily life
  • The Field Hospital Exercises
  • Individual Spiritual Direction
  • Pastoral Supervision
  • Silent Directed Retreats
  • Themed Retreats, sharing the gifts of Ignatian Spirituality
  • Being With God in Nature Contemplative Walks and retreats
  • Spiritual Formation Programs, Seminars and Workshops
  • Outreach programs to schools, parishes, and other organisations – in regional and rural areas throughout Queensland

Our bushland location lends itself to retreatants being able to wander the walking tracks of Mt Coot-tha, to experience the beauty of the forest and bird life of the area.

Since no overnight accommodation is available at Faber, most of our residential retreats are offered at Santa Teresa Spirituality Centre at Ormiston.

Please be aware that although we have a program of offerings, we always listen to your needs and seek to respond in ways that meet you where you are. We are a mobile team and distance is not a limiting factor in reaching out to you.
You are most welcome to visit us and find out more, contact us now on 1300 EXAMEN (1300 392 636) to enquire about our offerings. We look forward to speaking with you!

Our Story

JISA Faber is named after St Peter Faber SJ (1506-1546), one of the first companions of St Ignatius at the University of Paris (1528-1534) and the first among them to be ordained a priest. Peter Faber was also considered by Ignatius as an even better Giver of the Spiritual Exercises than Ignatius himself.

Faber began in Brisbane on 4 August 2006 and situated in the grounds at St Paul’s Theological College, Banyo. Chris Gleeson SJ was the founding Director of Faber in 2007. The Centre began offering a variety of retreats and spiritual programs, based on Ignatian Spirituality and adapted to the different needs of people. Five pioneers of the Spiritual Exercises in Queensland who also shared in the first activities of the Faber Centre were John Borger, John Drury SJ, Delphine O’Shea mss, Vince Hurley SJ and Pat Clouston rc.

The amalgamation of St Paul’s Theological College with ACU at the end of 2008 meant that Faber had to vacate its home at Banyo and find a new location. The Sisters of the Sacred Heart and Stuartholme School came to the rescue offering a new home in Brisbane in a spacious section of their property at Freer’s Farm, in the former Freer’s Potato Chip Factory in Bardon. Faber moved to this new location in February 2009 and was officially opened in April. It is situated in a bushland setting at the foot of Mt Coot-tha, opposite the Slaughter Creek Falls Picnic area.

In January 2011, Chris Gleeson SJ moved to a new appointment and John Reilly SJ was appointed the new director of Faber. In 2017 after John passed away, and Elizabeth Kerr, took over the directorship which was then handed over to Mary Robson in 2020. In July 2020, Faber transitioned into the newly formed national body, Jesuit and Ignatian Spirituality Australia (JISA).

What's on at JISA Faber

Deepening my experience of the Spiritual Exercises retreat

Celebrating a Conversion of the Heart Eight Day Silent Retreat at Santa Teresa Spirituality Centre, QLD A special Ignatian Year retreat, celebrating 500 years since the conversion experience of St Ignatius of Loyola.   Have you […]

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Santa Teresa Spirituality Centre, 267 Wellington Street
Ormiston, QLD, Queensland 4160
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Wise Arts for the Soul

Wise Arts for the Soul – July 2021 to December 2021 & later AN ONLINE INTERACTIVE SERIES FROM JULY TO DECEMBER 2021 OFFERING PERSONAL FEEDBACK Mode of offering for all courses is via zoom with […]

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Online,

3 to 8 Day Individually Guided Retreat – Oct 11 to 18 – Online

3 – 8 Day Individually Guided Retreat - Online   Is God inviting you to ‘Come away and rest a while’?  These ‘at home’ retreats offer you spacious time to pray and reflect on your […]

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Online,

Emerging Spirituality in a Chaotic World

An online lecture with Sr Kathleen Duffy, SSJ, PhD The universe we live in is dynamic, creative, and beautiful. Steeping ourselves in its dynamism, sensing its evolutionary direction, and sinking into its beauty, we come […]

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Silent Directed Retreats – Peter Canisius House, Pymble NSW

Individual Silent Directed Ignatian Retreats at Peter Canisius House 4 days (5 nights) or 6 days (7 nights) or 8 days (9 nights)   We warmly welcome all who seek a time of reflection, rest, […]

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Peter Canisius House, 102 Mona Vale Road
Pymble, NSW 2073
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Contemplative Walk – Gold Creek Reserve – Brookfield QLD

A Contemplative Walk to Awaken Awe This is an opportunity for you to spend some reflective time walking in silence within Nature.  Setting out in silence on a contemplative walk gives us the opportunity to […]

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Gold Creek Reservoir Car Park, 660 Gold Creek Rd
Brookfield QLD, 4069
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Teilhard and the Struggle of Life

Drawn to follow the road of fire Residential Retreat at the base of the Dandenong's Victoria with Sr Kathleen Duffy SSJ online from the US 4hrs per day Pierre Teilhard de Chardin SJ is one […]

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Don Bosco Retreat Centre, 465 Lysterfield Road
Lysterfield, VIC, Victoria 3156
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Two Hours of Quiet – 23 Oct

JISA Faber offers Two Hours of Quiet contemplation on the last Saturday of each month.  You are welcome to join us for any or all sessions. This mini-retreat is a time of gentle meditation allowing time to re-energise amongst the challenges […]

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Faber, 111 Sir Samuel Griffith Dr
Bardon, QLD 4065
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On the Way – Spiritual Exercises for Everyday Pilgrims

An international online retreat in daily life - for the Ignatian year This online retreat in daily life offers you an opportunity to walk with your own experience, to reflect on God who companions you and […]

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Online,

Deepening my experience of the Spiritual Exercises retreat

Celebrating a Conversion of the Heart Eight Day Silent Retreat at Santa Teresa Spirituality Centre, QLD A special Ignatian Year retreat, celebrating 500 years since the conversion experience of St Ignatius of Loyola.   Have you […]

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Santa Teresa Spirituality Centre, 267 Wellington Street
Ormiston, QLD, Queensland 4160
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3 to 8 Day Individually Guided Retreat – Nov 22 to 29 – Online

3 – 8 Day Individually Guided Retreat - Online   Is God inviting you to ‘Come away and rest a while’?  These ‘at home’ retreats offer you spacious time to pray and reflect on your […]

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Online,

Two Hours of Quiet – 27 Nov

JISA Faber offers Two Hours of Quiet contemplation on the last Saturday of each month.  You are welcome to join us for any or all sessions. This mini-retreat is a time of gentle meditation allowing time to re-energise amongst the challenges […]

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Faber, 111 Sir Samuel Griffith Dr
Bardon, QLD 4065
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Silent Retreats at Sevenhill – 3 to 12 Dec 2021

With Covid restrictions lifting in South Australia, we're able to offer residential retreats at Sevenhill Retreat in the Clare Valley.  Retreats include prayer material and spiritual accompaniment for an hour each day. Come and experience […]

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Sevenhill – SA, College Road
Sevenhill, SA
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Silent Directed Retreats – Peter Canisius House, Pymble NSW

Individual Silent Directed Ignatian Retreats at Peter Canisius House 4 days (5 nights) or 6 days (7 nights) or 8 days (9 nights)   We warmly welcome all who seek a time of reflection, rest, […]

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Peter Canisius House, 102 Mona Vale Road
Pymble, NSW 2073
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Light Retreat

Have you ever thought about making a retreat? Here is an opportunity to ‘sample’ a short overnight retreat in an affordable way. The ‘Light Retreat’ is held at Peter Canisius House in Pymble, with its […]

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Peter Canisius House, 102 Mona Vale Road
Pymble, NSW 2073
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Silent Retreats at Sevenhill – 4 days – 28 Jan to 2 Feb 2022

We warmly welcome all who seek a time of reflection, rest, spiritual conversation, contemplation and prayer at Sevenhill Retreat in the Clare Valley. Retreats include private accommodation, all meals, daily spiritual accompaniment and prayer material. […]

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Sevenhill – SA, College Road
Sevenhill, SA
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111 Sir Samuel Griffith Drive, BARDON, QLD, 4065, Australia.