History of the Ignatian Exercises:
Over four hundred years ago, Ignatius of Loyola underwent a process of conversion that changed the course of his life. This account of his experiences and plan for sharing them with others became known as the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius or the Extended Ignatian Exercises (EIE).
Although the author and the Exercises were birthed in a different time, the design of the Exercises is flexible enough to be adapted both to the person and the culture in which they are presented, thus the Exercises continue to impact individuals in a profound way.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What are the benefits of doing the Spiritual Exercises?
The Spiritual Exercises provide a process for:
• Integrating life and prayer
• Coming to greater freedom of spirit
• Deepening a personal relationship with God
• Finding God more deeply in all parts of life
Praying the Spiritual Exercises requires the following commitment:
• An hour of prayer each day
• Journaling about the prayer experience
• Meeting once a week for at least eight months, to share with the director the past week’s experiences in prayer and daily life.
What is the fee?
Because of the frequency of meeting with your EIE director, we modify the suggested offering for Spiritual Direction. The suggested offering for the Extended Ignatian Exercises (19th Annotation) is $1,600 for the (approximate) eight-month period. We have several options available for making payments. Please speak with your EIE director for more details.
If this amount presents a financial hardship, please give what you are able. No one will be turned away if unable to pay the full amount. In order to do this, we are grateful to those who have been blessed financially who give more. We depend on the generosity of those who benefit from the services we offer to provide financial support for our ministries.
Do I need to know a lot about scripture to begin the Exercises?
The Ignatian Exercises is a prayer experience, not a scripture study. A reflective reading of scripture, as a way of prayer, is used to help encounter a loving God. The prayer
experience follows the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus through the Gospels. Jesus’ own poverty, humility, and loving service reveal God’s self-emptying love.
Who leads me through the Exercises?
Certified Sacred Ground spiritual directors who have also completed the Exercises and taken additional training about leading someone through the Exercises.
How do I get started?
Complete the online application below. The application helps you reflect on this commitment and helps to connect you with an experienced director.