Emmanuel Retreat: God With Us Always

An individually directed online retreat, made at home, for individuals who are seeking more familiarity with the practice of praying with Scripture in the tradition of St. Ignatius Loyola, using one’s imagination in prayer.

Dates: December 5-11, 2021
Registration Deadline: Sunday, November 21, 2021

Do you want to prepare your heart to celebrate Christmas?

Do you want to deepen your relationship with Jesus?

If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, you may find the Advent Retreat in Daily Life helpful.

How to prepare to make this retreat

As you ponder whether to make the retreat, we encourage you to look at your calendar and consider where, Monday through Friday, you will carve out 30 minutes each day to pray and 30 minutes each day to meet online with a spiritual director.

All our spiritual directors are volunteers and will reserve this week of retreat for you. We ask you to be faithful to your time commitment of praying and meeting with your spiritual director Monday through Friday. The registration form will ask you to identify the online platforms which you are comfortable using.

Retreatants who have made this retreat have found the opening and closing sessions integral to the experience. With this retreat, we will meet on Zoom for the opening and closing sessions. Information about how to access Zoom will be sent to you prior to the opening session.

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

Registration will open by the end of August.

Registration Deadline: Sunday, November 21, 2021

What past retreatants have found helpful about the retreat

"I had a wonderful experience. I found reflecting with a grace of the day especially helpful.”

“The opening session was beneficial especially since I did not know what to expect.”

"Being reminded just how many of us are on this very path is amazingly encouraging – reminds me again of the wideness of God and the encompassing nature of God’s presence in everyone’s life.”

“During my busy days, I savored the secret knowledge that I would be going home that night to spend 30 minutes in quiet communion with a God who loved me, and then waking up in the dark hours of the morning to come and sit with someone to talk about where I find love and sweetness in my life. Going forward, I want to keep all this peace in a quiet space inside myself that I can connect to and let ground me as I move about the world.”


“I thought I would be overwhelmed and unable to truly participate, but I did it! The structure was manageable and effective."

"Being a first time retreatant, the guidance with the sheets was perfect. I liked that there was a choice involved with the readings, but not so much that you felt unable to decide."

"The structure allowed for freedom and guidance at the same time."