Magis National Retreat

ICP participants are invited to consider joining the sixth annual Magis National Retreat which will again be hosted by Regis University from June 5-11, 2010. After convening on Saturday, June 5th at Regis University, retreatants will be taken to scenic St. Malo Retreat Center, located in the Rocky Mountains near Estes Park, Colorado.


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What is the Magis Retreat all about?
The aim of the Magis retreat is to provide faculty and administrative leaders an opportunity to integrate Ignatian spirituality into their professional and personal lives. Based on the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius Loyola, the retreat is six days of prayer, reflection, and focused conversations. This is a unique blend between an academic conference, which emphasizes intellectual give and take, and an Ignatian retreat, which emphasizes primarily the individual’s encounter with God.

Who can be involved?
Our target group consists of faculty and administrators who are comfortable with the Ignatian dimensions of their schools and yet desirous of experiencing a personal deepening of what inspires and sustains those dimensions. The retreat is open to all faculty and administrators, not just to those who are Roman Catholics. What we ask from participants is the desire to learn more about the Ignatian tradition by spending some sustained quality time in the actual experience of the Exercises. Each university or college may send up to three or four retreatants as space allows.

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When and where will this retreat take place?
The retreat will be held June 5-11, 2010. The host school is Regis University in Denver, CO. After initial arrival at Regis University retreatants are invited to a reception and evening meal and will be housed on the campus for the first night of the retreat. The next morning retreatants will be transported to the scenic St. Malo Conference Center, located in the nearby Colorado Rocky Mountains.

What is the typical daily schedule?

A.M:

* 7:00 to 8:30 Breakfast
* 9:00 to 9:45 Introduction to topic of the day
* 9:45 to 11:00 Reflection/Prayer Time
* 11:00 to 12:00 Focused Conversation
* 12:00 noon Lunch and Free Time

P.M:

* 2:30 to 3:15 Orientation to afternoon topic
* 3:15 to 4:45 Reflection/Prayer Time
* 5:00 Optional Eucharistic Liturgy
* 6:00 Dinner
* 8:00 Communal Evening Prayer
* 9:00 Informal conversations on the day

Throughout the day, retreatants will have the opportunity to meet with team members for spiritual reflection and conversation.

What do I need to keep in mind as I make my travel plans?

The retreat will open on Saturday, June 5th with dinner and our first introductory meeting on the Regis University campus, so please plan on being in Denver by midafternoon on the 5th. We conclude on Friday morning and participants will be transported directly to Denver International Airport. You should plan for your return flight anytime after 11:00 A.M on the 11th.

Are there required materials I need to bring to the retreat?

You should bring a copy of An Ignatian Spirituality Reader: Contemporary Writings on St. Ignatius of Loyola, edited by George W. Traub, SJ.

Where can I get more information?

Talk to your mission and identity officer or representative or email Ed Peck, Executive Director of Ignatian Colleagues Program at epeck@icolleagues.org.

The cost for the retreat is $725 per person.

For a registration form and any travel or map information, please contact Kathleen Schaefer at mschaefe@regis.edu Director of Ignatian Spirituality at 303-458-4956.

A few testimonials follow:

“It was one of the most productive weeks I’ve spent. [I’d recommend this] to all faculty. I liked the mix of people from various universities and various backgrounds.”

"This would be an excellent opportunity for you to come to a deeper understanding of Ignatian spirituality in a retreat format that will prove welcoming to individuals from a variety of religious backgrounds, or for whom involvement in religious community was not familiar.”

“It is remarkably restorative as well as challenging…”

“Journeying on retreat with colleagues from other Jesuit institutions is expertly valuable.”

“I would emphasize the value of its peace, of pulling away, of achieving fresh perspective…even for those less devotionally inclined.”

“This retreat is an opportunity for spiritual growth; a great time for reflection/discernment. Good presentation of the Ignatian vision/spirit of our institution.”

“An opportunity to get know yourself and God more deeply.

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