McQuaid Jesuit



The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius

The Spiritual Exercises are a compilation of meditations, prayers, and contemplative practices developed by St. Ignatius Loyola to help people deepen their relationship with God. St. Ignatius intended the Exercises to be given in 30 days in solitude and silence, and meeting daily with a spiritual director. An alternative to the 30 Day Retreat is the Exercises in 30 weeks to accommodate retreatant’s daily life.  At McQuaid Jesuit the retreat begins in mid-September with the Mass to the Holy Spirit  and concludes mid-May at the Pentecost.  

A potential retreatant possesses a deepening desire to draw closer to God, and is willing to allow his/her life to be formed by the Gospel of Jesus so to serve with Christ more intentionally in the work entrusted to her/him in our mission of education of young men.  The retreat requires five group meetings throughout the year, daily pray with either one of the Exercises or Scripture, and a weekly meeting with a spiritual director.  

The retreatants for the 2017-2018 year are the Honorable Patricia Marks and Sr. Barbara Staropoli SSJ, both members of the Board of Trustees, Andrew Hoeperl, Theology Faculty and Jennifer Roxstrum, the McQuaid Jesuit Bookstore Manager.   Please keep our retreatants in your prayers as they journey closer to the Lord this year!


Faculty/Staff Day of Retreat


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Dr. Christopher Pramuk

Date:  Friday, February 16, 2018
Place:  McQuaid Jesuit 


Private Directed Retreat

Spiritual Director: Damian Zynda

A private directed retreat is an opportunity for retreatants to spend three days in rest. silence,  prayer and reflection.  Each retreatant will have a private room and will meet individually with the spiritual director who will help discern where the Lord is inviting the retreatant, and how best to respond to the Lord’s invitation.

Retreatants will need a Bible and journal.

Dates:  Wednesday, October 11, 2017 beginning at 6 p.m. - Friday, October 13, 2017 after lunch

Place:  Christ the King Retreat Center

500 Brookford Rd.  

Syracuse, NY. 13224

Cost:  $170.00 (Underwritten by the East USA Province through Colleagueship Grants)

Limit:  5  Register here    


Yoga and the Spiritual Exercises

Director:  Tracey Bors

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Date and time TBD

Place:  McQuaid Jesuit


Lenten Retreat

Director:  Damian Zynda

Authentic conversion occurs in the intersection of psychological development and spiritual maturation tending toward becoming the person God intended us to be from creation, we would reflect the glory of God.  This four week retreat will lead us through the four “seasons” of St. Ignatius’ life in order to comprehend more clearly the conversion process to which this liturgical season invites us.  Studying conversion through St. Ignatius’s life will help better understand what grace is inviting us to in terms of our psychological and spiritual growth and development.

Format  includes input from the director, suggested text for daily prayer for the coming week and faith sharing regarding the fruits of prayer.  It is important that retreatant commit to all four weeks of the retreat.

Dates:  Thursdays, March 1, 8, 15*, 22, 2018

Times:  3:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Place:  Second Floor Conference Room (3/15* - Chapel)

Limit:  15  Register Here