A Lenten Retreat

An individually directed retreat, made at home, for individuals who want to engage in a practice of daily prayer during Lent. The retreat is appropriate for those who have made the full Spiritual Exercises or another Ignatian retreat.

Do you want to engage in a Lenten practice of prayer each day?

The retreat will be crafted for where you are on your journey with and to God.

 Are you thinking about making the Spiritual Exercises?

The retreat could give you a ‘taste’ of what is involved in making the long retreat.

How to prepare to make this retreat

As you ponder whether to make the retreat, we invite you to imagine how you will carve out one hour to pray each day. Then look at your calendar and block out the 60 minutes each day after February 11.

We also want to accept the reality of living and working in the Washington metro area. Please factor in time to travel, find a parking space, and walk to where you will meet your spiritual guide.

All our spiritual directors are volunteers and will reserve this six weeks of retreat for you. We ask you to be faithful to your time commitment of praying daily and meeting with your spiritual director once a week.

Retreatants who have made this retreat have found the opening and closing sessions integral to the experience. The opening session is Sunday, February 11th from 3:00 - 5:00 PM at Holy Trinity and the closing session is Saturday, March 24th from 8:30 - 10:30 AM at Holy Trinity.

for the February 11 - March 24, 2018 Lenten Retreat.

Deadline to register is Sunday, January 28, 2018. 

What retreatants have found helpful about the retreat:

“This retreat helped me to see the connection between praying the Scripture and doing the Examen regularly. I needed to cultivate an awareness of God’s grace and mercy. I came to realize that God was forming me through solitude and contemplation. What a joy to know that I am in the hands of God.”

“It gave structure and focus to Lent. Made me slow down, pay attention, follow Jesus through the final stages of his ministry and into his passion.”

“Challenging and life giving. I am grateful for the opportunity to develop a deeper appreciation for Jesus as both divine and human, and for the way in which he held, and challenged me to hold seeming opposites in his person (strong and gentle, assertive and kind).”


"We keep our eyes clearly fixed on Jesus… In doing so, we become more like the One we walk with to Calvary: more loving, more faithful, more generous, and more compassionate."

 - Kevin O’Brien, SJ,
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