19th Annotation Retreat
Ignatius wrote the spiritual exercises as a result of his own conversion experience and his deepening sense of the presence and call of Christ in his own life. The exercises are organized around four "weeks," as they were originally given, during the structure of a 30-day retreat. During the retreat, we pray through themes and images related to our relationship with God through love and sin, we follow Jesus in his public ministry through the passion and death of Jesus, and we join Jesus resurrected as he calls specially to each of us to serve Him and one another to build His ongoing Kingdom on Earth.
While the Spiritual Exercises are still offered at retreat houses during a 30-day retreat, the 19th Annotation to the exercises is widely offered and includes daily prayer and regular (usually weekly) meetings with an Ignatian spiritual director. This structure can be modified to include group meetings in concert with one-on-one spiritual direction sessions. Ordinarily, the 19th Annotation retreat generally lasts 10 months or so.
Those interested in participating in a 19th Annotation retreat are encouraged to work with their campus coordinator to identify a qualifed spiritual director with whom they can meet regularly.