Invitations to Pray and Build Community

Lenten Offerings
Please see our Lenten parish opportunities. For retreats, podcasts, and prayer gatherings beyond the parish, please visit our Lenten retreat and prayer offerings page.

Praying in Sacred Space: Saturdays, 4-5pm (join at 3:50pm). Join the Zoom. (Meeting ID: 918 323 696; Password: 546367; or call +1 301 715 8592).
Normally held during Advent and Lent, Praying in Sacred Space is now offered through Zoom on a weekly basis. You are invited to pray with the upcoming Sunday readings in a way St. Ignatius introduces us to in the Spiritual Exercises. During the hour, savor the contemplative silence, grow in sensitivity to your interior movements, and share with others who are seeking God’s presence during these times of ‘not knowing’ and of hope.  Hosted by the 5th Week Group: Living the Spiritual Exercises.

Contemplating Justice: A Prayerful Response to Racial Injustice
January 26, February 23, and March 23, 7pm. Join the Zoom.
As our city, country, and church communities navigate civil, political, and religious discord, we hear an invitation from God to our true identity as onehuman family. To support our living out that true identity, all are invited to gather and pray with themes of solidarity and human unity at the Contemplating Justice prayer series. Drawing from our Ignatian tradition and the inspiration of Pope Francis’s recent encyclical Fratelli Tutti, we will be guided in prayer by Rebecca Hoesterey and Catherine Heinhold. Following the prayer, there will be time for reflection and sharing. To pray with the text of previous sessions, visit our web page.

Christian Meditation: *Currently suspended due to the novel coronavirus* All interested in centering prayer are welcome to gather with parishioners in the Chapel of St. Ignatius every Thursday from 6:00–6:30 pm to meditate in the John Main tradition. No prior experience or registration is necessary. For more information about Christian Meditation, contact Jack Person at 202-569-3180 or through email at Hablamos español.

Zen Meditation: A small group of parishioners gather every Saturday morning on Zoom from 7:30-8:45 am for walking and sitting meditation. No prior experience or registration is necessary. All are welcome. Please contact Robert Druecker at for the link or if you have any questions.

Young Adult Faith Sharing
Thursdays, 7pm
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Young adults in their 20s and 30s use the Gospel for the upcoming Sunday as a starting point for a discussion of faith in our own lives.

Guided Prayer in the Ignatian Tradition
See our Ignatian Spirituality Resources page for links to audio and written guided Ignatian imaginative contemplations and meditations.

Praying with the Women in the Ignatian Spirituality Project (ISP): Come and experience the co-mingling of the 12 Steps with the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises. Share a meal and be led in prayer by the ladies who make the Ignatian Spirituality Project retreats, which are designed for women and men who are in recovery from homelessness and addictions. We gather in McKenna Hall during the season of Advent, however the event will not take place in 2020. Prior registration is not necessary. For more information about the Ignatian Spirituality Project, please go to