Director’s Reflection

May 2019

 

God’s Spirit is Working

In this Easter season we are reminded that God’s Spirit is working in a new way among us. Jesus’ surrender to death has resulted in his being present to us even today with power and joy. This divine Presence has been evident to me in recent international events.

In the aftermath of the shootings in Christchurch targeting Moslem worshippers, the response of the Prime Minister, Jacinda Adern, was not to whip up a frenzy of anger, or express any kind of vendetta; rather, she called for citizens to stand by their values of decency and respect, to reject violence (which is our primal response) and to gather in solidarity with the victims. She has even offered the families of the victims permanent residency in New Zealand. That is a light in the dark. That is the power of the Risen Lord.

When the Irish journalist, Lyra McKee, was shot, I saw the Spirit of Jesus at work in the united response of the political and community leaders who gathered for prayer and expressed the determination not to be drawn into violence and division again.

At the Easter ceremonies you may have attended you would have heard the priest ask the congregation: Do you reject the glamor of evil, and refuse to be mastered by sin? It is the Spirit of the Resurrection that impels us to respond, ‘We do!’ and for this we can give God thanks!

There are two new beginnings to announce for Campion CIS this Easter. The first is our new on-line calendar. This is a web platform that will enable you to view and book retreats and other events, not just for Campion but for all the Ignatian Centres in Australia. This will be ready by the end of this month. ( http://campion.asn.au/retreats/ ). We’d be interested in your impression of it.

Secondly, Campion CIS is getting a new Director. I have been blessed with the opportunity of further research (full time) on the Spiritual Exercises through the Jesuit College of Spirituality. The new Director of Campion will be Fr Michael Ryan sj, who comes from the Sevenhill CIS, and his place there is being taken by Fr Rob Morris sj, a young New Zealand Jesuit who has been studying in the USA.

I will leave Campion on June 14th. Let me thank you for your support for the ministry at Campion as you recommend our programs to your friends and colleagues. I ask that you continue to offer this support for Campion with Michael Ryan into the future. And let us continue to pray for each other on our various roads of discipleship.

February 2019

 

Grace Before Meals

You have probably heard a variety of prayers before meals in your lifetime: ‘Two four six eight, dig in don’t wait!’ and ‘Grace!’ among them. At Newman College in Melbourne University, on formal occasions, the students sing a four part harmony that begins ‘Bless us O Lord and these thy gifts…’. More noisily I used to engage younger students with a version that starts ‘I wanna give you thanks for giving me food ..’ to the tune of ‘Rock Around the Clock’.

Giving thanks before a meal can be one of the simplest and most heartfelt of prayers that an individual or group can say. It is not always spoken aloud – I believe that an unspoken ‘yummy’ or the appreciative sniff of an aroma is giving thanks to God and to the cook. Grace before meals can be extended to voicing thanks for other blessings that have come a person’s way during the day.

When I say ‘thank you’ before I eat, I am mindful not only of the cook, but, all in a second, of the Earth that provided the seed and soil, of the farmers who nurtured the plants, of the life and death of the animals, of the drivers who distributed the food and the shopkeepers who sold it. This meal and this prayer connects me to the whole Earth community. I feel humbled and truly grateful.

December 2018

 

Christmas Greetings

 

The spiritual directors of the Campion Centre of Ignatian Spirituality have prepared a rich banquet for you and all to partake of this year. Our promised on-line calendar is still cooking but it is ever more nearly ready! Below are some of the next retreats and events coming to Campion. My hope and prayer is that you will find a spiritual exercise this year for which you will be ever grateful.We have come to the end of a busy and fruitful year. What gives us joy are your messages of growth in faith in God.  So encouraged, we have already planned for many retreats at Campion next year, some familiar, some new, and for great speakers such as Guy Consolmagno sj, Frank Brennan sj and Richard Leonard sj. Our new online calendar, which contains the retreats and events of all the Centres in Australia, will make searching and booking for what you seek much easier. Regrettably, we are having to put up the prices of spiritual direction and retreats to try to cover more of the cost of running Campion and providing our services. We are much helped by those who offer over and above the set fee with donations that help us to serve those less able.

The team and I hope to see you, and others you recommend us to, refreshed by your break in the New Year. Our office opens again January 8th. The Six-Day Silent Retreat (January 16th  to 23rd ) still has places open for you.

In this season may you hear the song of the angels in your hearts.

November 2018

Reverencing Our Body

 

Last month some of us spiritual directors gathered in the beautiful bayside suburb of Williamstown to deepen our appreciation of the body as a dimension of the spiritual life of men and women. We recognised that the attitude of Christians towards the body and sexuality has changed a lot over the last 20 years. We appreciate now that our bodies are not simply a part of the gift of our existence from God but that they are one of the very means by which we can experience the delight of existence and the relationships that God wants us to enjoy.
The caress of God comes to us through all our senses: the breeze and sunlight on our skin, the singing of birds,  the tang of spices, the canvas of sunsets and storms, the embrace of the one who loves us and enflames every part of us. The natural appetites of our bodies (for food and for touch) are not to be feared.
As we honour our humanity and acknowledge its complexity, a key to how we value and express our sensual instincts is found in Ignatian wisdom – is what I do with my body bringing me closer to God, to others and to the environment? Is it deepening my relationship with Jesus? Here I have to be aware of my image of God: do I really believe that God wants me to enjoy all the sensations and experiences that my body can bring to me? Have I accepted that God chose to live in a human body, in Jesus, with all its appetites and sensations? We spiritual directors found it liberating to express our struggles about sexuality with what we learnt as children and young adults from our church and to share our newer understanding of the body as the physical vessel of God’s companionship. Deep in our bodies is the throb of the desire of the whole of creation to be one with itself, and with its Creator.
You might like to pray as we did on that day of reflection, with John 12: 1-8 (the image is painted by Wayne Forte, a Filipino born American). What does the image evoke in me? What do I think of Mary’s bold and intimate action? How do you think Jesus reacted to Mary’s action? In what ways might I reverence and anoint my own body?

October 2018

Engaging Young Adults

 

World Youth Day is a massive event that attracts millions of young people from around the world. Most of them have had some connection with the Catholic church, some have not but are curious; the appeal is to travel to another country in the company of peers and to participate in large-scale, loud, and colourful ritual and celebration. Young people are attracted to mystery, to symbol, and to community as much as any of us are. The problem that the Christian churches (in Australia) have been facing, and continue to grapple with, is that these young people are not showing up in our local churches.
Recently in Sydney there was a convention of Catholic youth ministers to discuss the issues around how to engage young people in local faith communities. Among the topics explored were the prevalent ‘me’ culture of our times and mental health. This month at Campion here in Melbourne Andy Otto and his wife Sarah, who are entrepreneurs in Ignatian spirituality, and who have focused their ministry on young adults through social media, are leading a workshop for those who wish to engage youth in faith (October 26).
Each generation (in the Western world at any rate) has more and more choices and resources at their fingertips. The transcendent can be touched through music concerts, drugs, sex, surfing, mindfulness exercises and travel to exotic places, to name but a few. Against these, what is the appeal of religious faith? How can we, who know what a marvellous gift our faith is, attract young people to experience it, not just for a once-in-a-lifetime event, but daily? This is the challenge for parents and grandparents, for teachers, for priests and pastoral associates, for spiritual directors and retreat givers.
We believe that God is present in the lives of young people (and everyone) regardless of their beliefs  and practices, but we would love them to recognise this truth in daily life, to feel God’s love consciously, to reciprocate this friendship with God with joy. We can witness this to them, we can pray for them, we can befriend them and we can invite them into small groups.
The current Plenary Council process creates an opportunity to invite young adults into a small group that listens and honours what each person brings. Christian Life Community (CLC), the Ignatian lay community,  consists of similar small groups which meet fortnightly to listen and honour each member’s life experience and searching. Perhaps this model of community might form the basis of ‘church’ for young people.

August 2018

Season of Creation

With the month of September we enter into the Season of Creation. In chilly Melbourne we are looking forward to the signs of warmth and green that spring promises. Wherever we live, we are increasingly aware that the seasons, the weather patterns and the climate of all our countries, has been changing, not only bringing more frequent and extreme weather conditions, but also belying the wisdom of farmers who can no longer reasonably predict how their crops or livestock will fare from season to season. Even now NSW is in the grip of an unprecedented extended drought.

Earlier this year Bronwyn Lay, the Ecological Justice Project Officer at Jesuit Social Services in Melbourne, wrote about a culture that is ecologically sensitive and holistic. “We all live in mainstream society which has been soaked in capitalism, consumerism and individualism for hundreds of years. This has resulted in an ‘ecological deskilling’: the loss of languages and practices that are grounded in ecological engagement. No-one is immune from the degradation and oppression of human cultures that recognise ecology as to central to human life, culture and our relationships with everything… The most marginalised populations have contributed the least to climate change and have the least agency to change its trajectory, but will be most vulnerable to its effects. So while green action can be perceived as a privilege of upper middle class inner city dwellers, ecological injustice impacts most heavily on the marginalised. In that context ecological justice becomes vital to reducing the unequal distribution of ecological harms.” (https://www.catholicreligiousaustralia.org.au/index.php/news-a-views/caring-for-creation/item/2616-ecology-is-part-of-the-vibe-for-jesuit-social-services)

All the communities and cultures we belong to are challenged by Bronwyn’s words – our church, our town or city, and our families. Thankfully we are not expected to change our ways alone. There are many organisations now that invite us to work together, such as Ban the Plastic Bag campaign, War on Waste, and the protest against the Adani mine project in Queensland by Getup!

In the Season of Creation it is God, our loving Creator, who calls us, through liturgy and prayer, to be more mindful of the impact of our lifestyle choices on the environment and on the most vulnerable people. The Society of Jesus in Australia has dis-invested from all fossil fuel industries. Campion CIS continues to strive for as small a carbon footprint as possible. What might you be able to do in justice during this Season? (here are a couple of websites with resources and ideas: www.abc.net.au/ourfocus/waronwaste; https://www.arrcc.org.au/)

June 2018

Mystery

Human life is enveloped by mystery. The common definition of ‘mystery’ is something that is puzzling, difficult to understand, inexplicable. Detective investigations and for me the operation of computers fit this meaning but there is a larger sense of ‘mystery’, too. I am amazed and fascinated by the mystery of the human brain, so complex that there seems to be no end to what we can discover about it. And I feel the same awe towards our vast universe and towards the evolving ecology of nature on our planet. Scientists, both professional and amateur, can spend lifetimes exploring these mysteries. Then there is the mystery of my existence and my place on earth – Who am I really? What gifts lie hidden within me? What is my purpose? At times this mystery can be painful to confront.

The evil, hurt and stupidity that some humans inflict on others is also a mystery. We can understand some of that with reference to a person’s or a people’s history, but when the outcome of such actions is yet further hurt to all concerned, its madness is obvious: and yet we still succumb to it.

Love is another mystery. There have been countless poems and songs about how it grasps us and confuses us. Why would someone really love me when I am not perfectly good or beautiful?

It seems to me that Love somehow provides an answer to the other mysteries. When I know I am loved I feel secure in my being then I can see more clearly what it is that I want to do that brings me deep satisfaction. Love draws me into relation with another, and with any created thing, so that I delight in its being. Love endures pain and loss. Love forgives and heals.

Love is the wonderful mystery of God (Karl Rahner called God, the Mystery). And at the heart of this mystery is that this God, a being beyond our full comprehension – but not so strange to us that we cannot talk about God rationally – wants to be known to us creatures, to become our friend, and intends for us to share in God’s own Loving nature.

When I explore mystery/Love/God I find myself stimulated intellectually, I become engaged affectively and artistically. I am consoled that no matter how long I live I will never have all the answers. With God, as with Love, there is always more within me and ahead of me to explore and discover.

We at Campion CIS can offer you our companionship as you follow your desires to explore more of the mysteries of life.

 

March 2018

Easter Joy

Towards the end of the Spiritual Exercises, when the Exercitant is praying on the Resurrection stories in the Gospels, Ignatius tells him or her to ask for the grace to rejoice and be glad at the victory and joy of Christ the Lord. We would be mistaken if we thought that Resurrection joy was mainly about us – hurrah, we are saved from sin and death, we will enter heaven because of Jesus’ resurrection! No, there is a lot more to it than that. Ignatius asks us to focus on Jesus’ joy – the joy that he would have experienced having accomplished his Father’s will, having endured the passion, and suffered death, and now being restored to full union with the Father, to his friends and to the land he had lived in. It is this joy of Jesus that we are invited to connect with. This is a bit like the joy we might feel at the wedding or graduation of a good friend or close relative. We are delighted for them and we resonate with their joy.

Jesus’ resurrection joy is not ended. Father and Spirit continue to delight in the work of Jesus. But we don’t feel God’s joy every day. So how do we open ourselves to this ever-present gift?

Last month, by chance, the theme for sharing in my CLC group (Christian Life Community – an Ignatian prayer community) was joy. We shared some experiences of the joy we had as members of CLC, and in our lives more broadly, and we found that joy was present in us sometimes when there was no special reason. So we wondered what the ground of that joy was. We came to see that it was indeed a gift – we could not manufacture the feelings of joy – but we also discovered that this gift came to us more readily when we had prepared ourselves for it. I don’t mean we anticipated it at any given moment, but certainly we had hope that this gift was available to us, and we had faith that God wanted to give it to us.

The other factor in finding joy was living a good life. Living true to who we are called to be – married or single or religious, being true to the spiritual goals we set ourselves – to the habits of prayer and good will to others. And this prepared ground also includes living healthily – getting the right amount of exercise and rest, and social and intellectual stimulation.

We concluded that good and right living, with faith and hope, don’t guarantee joy but they make it much easier for God to draw us into God’s ever-present joy.

So this Easter season let us enter into the joy of Jesus and the Father and the Spirit for Jesus’ Resurrection. Let us ask for the grace to rejoice and be glad at the victory and joy of Christ the Lord that the Spirit always breathes in us.

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February 2018

Feeling Blue?

 

In the movie ‘Inside Out’ (2015), the character within 11 year old Riley who seems the least likeable is Sadness. Sadness just gets in the way and spoils things and it is Joy’s job to make sure that she is contained. Sadness is a type of grief that comes with feelings of heaviness, a dimming of light, depleted energy, soft tears, an inner ache, a slight sense of being hard done by. It is triggered when we realise that we can no longer have something that meant a lot to us, when a dream we had for our future is displaced by hard reality, or when we count our losses in a difficult relationship. The makers of ‘Inside Out’ were well aware that our Western culture has difficulty accepting the place of sadness in our emotional world. The symptoms are similar to those of depression, but generally less intense and less debilitating.

What do you do when sadness shows up in your day? Is it unwelcome and displaced with cheery music? Or do you recognise its message and allow it some space in you? By the end of ‘Inside Out’ the viewer may perceive that Sadness does have a positive value in Riley’s life. When Riley is in danger of losing touch with all her feelings, becoming numb to everyday life, it is the action of Sadness in comforting Bing Bong (Riley’s imaginary childhood friend) which is the catalyst for Riley’s recovery. Sadness is able to sit with Bing Bong’s loss and acknowledge his pain. Even Joy realises that for Riley’s whole well-being Sadness should be allowed her space.

Sadness is discomforting, endless joy is stressful and fragile; but when we allow sadness within ourselves, and accompany other people in their sadness, we actually open a way into intimacy. We share with them our common vulnerability to human loss and limitation. This can take a relationship into greater depth and strength.

Perhaps there is a sadness or grief you have hidden in your life that is seeking to be expressed. Perhaps you are feeling the need for a quiet space of gentle accompaniment. Our retreat house offers just that. You may enter into one of our programed retreats or simply spend a few days in private reflection here. Either way you are most welcome.

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September 2017

Living in a Violent World

Those of us with ready access to various media are aware that we are being bombarded from every side with reports of violence: domestic violence, murders, robberies, suicide bombers, diplomatic spats, war, street protests, sexual abuse and even in Nature. Violence (among humans) has its roots in fear, in hurt, in feelings of being undervalued, in frustration and powerlessness. Violence comes out of hearts that, for many reasons, are deprived of love. You and I are blessed with a large amount of freedom from violence, but what we see and hear of it daily does encroach on our minds and hearts threatening to undermine our confidence in goodness. You may be aware of the effects on you of this deluge – anxiety, poor sleep, a diminished capacity to concentrate, increased pessimistic thinking about our world, even a paralysis about how to respond in a positive way. What can we do to protect ourselves from the unhealthy impact of reported violence?

We need to stay in touch with God’s love for us. There are passages from Scripture to pray with that remind us of God’s loving faithfulness and compassion (e.g. Lamentations 3: 22-23; Psalms 103, 107; Romans 8:38-9). We need to reduce the amount of exposure we suffer – there is no need to watch the news every day or click on every phone app news item! As St Paul says, let’s give our thoughts over to things life giving and beautiful (Phil 4:8). When we are really touched and hurt by a particular violent event, we need to bring ourselves to Jesus – perhaps return to a time when we have experienced Jesus’ consolation before, or to the Cross where he hangs. When we recognise our stress and inner disharmony we can also give ourselves a physical soothing treat, something that will release the energy trapped in our muscles. When we go to bed, we can keep our mind on the sweetest moment of the day, however small.

God is as dismayed by the violence in our world as we are. God experiences it more keenly than any one of us does. Yet God’s promise is to be faithful and to continue to respond with love and life. Let us not forget that. Let us choose to walk with God in Jesus in company with our suffering brothers and sisters. And let us pray for each other.

 


August 2017

Discernment in poverty?

Happy Feast of St Ignatius! Ignatius’ greatest gift of the Church could arguably be his process of discernment – attuning ourselves to God’s desires within us. This has been a practice well exercised at several levels in the Society of Jesus over the last few months. First there was the General Congregation held in Rome last October at which was elected our new General, Fr. Arturo Sosa. More recently almost all the Jesuits of Australia gathered in Sydney to continue a process of discernment about the future of the Society and what its ministries in Australia will look like in the coming decades given an ever changing context and reduced resources.

In our own ministry at Campion, too, since the Jesuit College of Spirituality (ex-‘Sentir’) moved out to Parkville, all the members of our team have been praying and reflecting on whom we serve and how we serve with our gifts of Ignatian spirituality. Our ‘Dreaming Campion Anew’ process has invited us to let go of any baggage from the past and to be open with audacity and creativity to whatever the Spirit may call us to.

One image that has emerged from all these discernment events has been that of Ignatius and his first companions working and praying in Venice in 1537. Ignatius’ autobiography describes how he and his companions would work during the day (preaching and collecting food and alms) and then on some evenings would gather to discern what they would do for the church as companions and priests if they were unable to live and serve in Jerusalem (a dream Ignatius had had since his conversion years before). They pondered a specific aspect of the question during the day, offered it during Mass, and deliberated in the evenings. This practice laid the foundation for a model of discerning God’s will that Jesuits and their lay companions (and other Ignatian groups) still follow today.

But there is one element missing from how we discern as Ignatian communities these days. In Ignatius’ time the companions chose to live among the poor, being poor (begging) themselves. In this way they placed themselves physically and socially into the hands of God as much as they intended to do spiritually. Ignatius believed strongly in the connection between how we live ‘in the world’ and our openness to God’s grace. Some of us do live and work with the poor (the marginalised and undervalued) but many of us (including myself) do not. We gather in faith, we express our deepest desires, we try to make ourselves ‘indifferent’, we listen to each other – all of which is good for discerning God’s will – but we do so with the benefits of good food, air conditioning, and comfortable beds.

And so I address some questions to myself as well as to you readers: what am I missing out on in my discernment when I am removed from the challenges of poverty? How am I unwittingly still ensnared by my lifestyle? And if I have not the courage or opportunity to connect with the poor (during the process of discernment) what small step could I make at least to face in that direction? Ignatius loved poverty as much as St Francis did and it certainly coloured his experience of God. I don’t want to neglect that lesson in my life.

These are rather sombre questions to pose on this day of celebration. I hope they don’t detract from the joy that the Spirit gives as we remember our Founder and our Friend in the Lord. Happy Feast Day!

 


May 2017

In God you are enriched in every way (2 Cor 9:11)

The other day I had the privilege of facilitating a one day retreat for the National Executive Committee of the Christian Life Community. The theme chosen was the ‘Contemplation on God’s Love’ that is part of the Fourth Week of the Spiritual Exercises. This prayer exercise focuses on all the gifts that God has given to us – this planet with all its natural beauty and life giving bounty; our faith, our believing community, and the sacraments and Scripture; my own being; and God Godself both in every existing thing and in the person of Jesus. This generous and loving giving is certainly a reason to celebrate and rejoice and to give thanks to God every day.

We are still in the season of Easter when we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection and with it the ‘breaking in’ of the end to which the universe is directed. We experience now a foretaste of the union with God to which all things are drawn by the Spirit. One way of sustaining our Easter thanksgiving is to use the Examen to look back on the day and count the blessings in it. Are there some things that I take for granted or have overlooked? Even on a ‘bad’ day it is possible to give thanks for something small, like food on the table, a good news story in a magazine, the sight of an animal enjoying its life.

We are approaching the 30 Day retreat with 11 seminarians and one lay woman. Please pray for them and for those directing them that they will all be attentive to the voice of the Holy Spirit. Before that we have one three day retreat (‘Called into Life’) with spaces still available and immediately afterwards there is a weekend retreat (‘Who Stole the Joy’). You are also welcome to join us on Friday June 2nd at 2pm for a talk by the Vice Chancellor of the University of Divinity who will talk to us about St Ignatius and Martin Luther in the context of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Please contact our Reception to book these events.

 


March 2017

A new Creation

During this season of Lent, when Christians put into place some practices that strengthen their relationship with God, the lectionary reading from Isaiah points us to what God is doing to strengthen our relationship with God. “I am about to create a new heavens and a new earth; the things of the past shall not be remembered or come to mind. Instead there shall be happiness and rejoicing in what I create.” (Is 65: 17-18). Sometimes we forget that God is working as hard – surely even harder – to bring each of us, and the whole of creation, into right relationship with God. It is in our times of prayer, of reflection, of spiritual direction and of retreats that we are most open to hearing this message: the past does not determine the future, God is working in us to bring to birth something new and wonderful which will bring us joy and delight. Who we have been, what has shaped us up to now, is not what will determine our future. We are called to be open to God’s spirit and to co-operate with God’s dream for us. What we offer to God in Lent, then, may be a kind of reaching out to take God’s hand and go where God is taking us.

After Easter Campion is offering one weekend retreat on the life of St Ignatius himself in which you can find God at work in your life, and another weekend retreat, ‘Still Waters’, in which you can experience God as our loving Shepherd. We still have spaces for those who have been considering entering into the 30 Days Full Spiritual Exercises in June – July when we will have a number of seminarians making these Exercises.

Allow me to remind you, too, that a visiting Ignatian scholar, Sr Elizabeth Liebert, will be presenting at Campion in May – see below for details.

We at Campion pray that you will experience a blessed Holy Week and the consolation of the Risen Christ.

 


February 2017

Enjoying Lent?

The year is underway. Lent is one week away. Do you get anxious about this season? I do – I want to do something meaningful for my Lord but I always worry over what is the right thing (even if I end up doing the same as the year before). In conversation with my own spiritual director this year I came to understand that Lent does not have to be about ‘doing it tough’ for God. If Lent is about drawing closer to God it may be through even enjoyable activities in God’s company (artistic, creative, in Nature, etc.). That feels good! If you haven’t already determined your Lenten focus, perhaps you could select one of our prayer afternoons or a short retreat and enjoy it with God.

When you do choose a retreat, please book yourself in two weeks before the date. If we have fewer than 5 booked in at the time we have to cancel it, regrettably, because it is not financially viable.

If you have had thoughts of doing the Full Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius (either 30 days (June – July) or 33 weeks during the year, do make an arrangement to speak to Sister Jennifer or myself about it. We can help answer your queries about the practicalities, and help you to discern with God if it is the right time for you.

 


January 2017

The Impact of the Exercises

Campion Centre of Ignatian Spirituality is back in action for 2017. The directors and staff here hope that you are refreshed and ready for what the year brings you. I believe that God is ready to do all God can in you!

Did you get to see any significant films during the break? Out now is the film ‘Silence’ based on a novel about a Jesuit missionary and martyr in Japan in the 17th century. Andrew Garfield plays the role of Father Sebastião Rodrigues sj, and, to understand his character better, Andrew undertook the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius (guided by James Martin sj). Of his experience, he said: “There were so many things in the Exercises that changed me and transformed me, that showed me who I was…and where I believe God wants me to be.” And more significantly, “What was really easy was falling in love with this person, was falling in love with Jesus Christ. That was the most surprising thing.” (http://www.americamagazine.org/issue/grace-enough)

The Spiritual Exercises are at the hear of our ministry at Campion. Every spiritual director here has experienced them, and we offer them, in different modes, to everyone who seeks God in Jesus. Regular spiritual direction and short retreats do help people to find God in their lives, but there is nothing like the Spiritual Exercises, over 30-5 weeks or 30-5 days, to free us, transform us, and fill us with God’s love. The 30-5 week program of Exercises can be conducted in daily life – some have even managed it with children and work! If this appeals to you, just ask at reception or talk to one of our directors.

In May this year, we have a special visiting lecturer from the San Francisco Theological Seminary. Sister Elizabeth Liebert is a well-known scholar of the Spiritual Exercises who will give a talk and workshop here at Campion. You are all most welcome to hear her. Click here for more details.

Our program of retreats came our late last year. Here below are the most recent upcoming events. We hope you will find something by which God may call you into a new relationship.