Listening to Calling:
Ignatian Spirituality Silent Prayer Retreat
Give yourself the opportunity to take some time out, step back and recharge! This facilitated retreat offers periods of contemplation, prayer and spiritual direction.
Join our friend and partner, Christopher Chiu, as he leads us in a silent prayer retreat in the Ignatian tradition. This retreat will be slightly more immersive than some of those City in Focus has hosted in the past in that it will adhere more strictly to a tradition of silence. Spiritual direction is available upon request and is meant to aid in focusing contemplation.
Our time will be spent in short teaching periods on methods of praying interspersed with long periods spent in solitude and silence. Retreatants will engage in three extended prayer periods spread out during the day. Outside the prayer periods, we will be living and experiencing passively the Presence of God in whatever activity we may choose to do, such as walking, doing a craft or just chilling out.
This is assisted by silence and the removal of oneself from distractions.
As such, we kindly ask you:
- Not to bring reading materials (not even spiritual books)
- Turn off all electronic devices during the time of the retreat (e.g. cellphones, laptops, tablets, i-Pods, etc)
- A physical Bible (preferred over electronic versions)
- Pen and paper for note-taking
- Prayer Journal (optional)
- Appropriate clothing for going outside (if one intends to go for a walk)
- A craft to do (optional) when not praying (i.e. a not-so-cognitive activity such as knitting, jigsaws, drawing, etc)
Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements, as refreshments and lunch will be provided.
Chris Chiu has an MA in Theological Studies from Regent College. He is a friend and partner with City in Focus and is the Program Coordinator of Jesuit Spirituality Apostolate of Vancouver. A member of Tenth Church, Chris offers spiritual direction and retreats in the Ignatian tradition having trained under the Jesuits in English Canada. We are pleased to have Chris facilitate this retreat, knowing that he is someone who is able to lead people into a place where we can “Be still and know that He is God.”
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