Seeking to grow your relationship with God? Come to the quiet on the Silent Directed Retreat. This retreat invites people to leave the busyness and noise of campus behind, enter into deep quiet, and there encounter the voice of God. This six-day silent retreat is based on the retreat model offered by St. Ignatius of Loyola in the Spiritual Exercises. Along with daily meetings with a spiritual director to help process and guide the retreat, each individual will have freedom in forming the overall pattern of his or her retreat. As a silent, individual retreat, there are plenty of opportunities for personal prayer, reflection, rest, and time outdoors. Communal prayer and worship opportunities will also be available.
The Faber Center and Campus Ministry facilitate the Silent Directed Retreat as partners, making this the only retreat of the year that students, faculty, and staff attend together. The resulting intergenerational community is a highlight of this retreat.
Why go on a silent retreat?
A silent retreat is a great way to reconnect with God. It is an opportunity outside of our everyday life that gives us time to rest in Godís love, to understand more deeply who we are, and who God is calling us to be.
If any of the following apply to you:
Then the Silent Directed retreat may be exactly what you need.
What happens on a silent retreat? Is it hard not to talk?
ďI donít think I could go for that long without talking!Ē Many people think this when they hear about a silent retreat. The reality is that it isnít as hard as you think. Each day has a rhythm. There is time for quiet, for prayer, for walking outside and for daily conversation with your spiritual director. Retreatants gather for spoken and shared prayer, and, as always, there is conversation with God. We do not always realize how much of our life is filled with noise, thoughts, and busy-ness. Silence makes room for listening, for response, and for contemplation. Many retreatants find that silence is their favorite part of the retreat, and they are amazed at the community that forms in the midst of silence.
What is a spiritual director/spiritual direction?
A spiritual director is someone who is trained and able to offer guidance and companionship to someone who is seeking a deeper understanding of themselves and their relationship with God. Spiritual direction can help us to pay more attention to how God is speaking to us and how we are responding to God.
For more general and in-depth information about spiritual direction, please visit the Ignatian Spirituality website.
What should I bring?
There will be many opportunities to be outside during the week, in fact daily exercise is recommended, so plan to dress for the weather, including coats, hats, gloves, and comfortable walking shoes/boots.
Each person will have an individual room with private bath. Bedding, pillows, and towels are provided.
Other items to pack:
Sophomore through senior students, graduate students, and Marquette faculty & staff.
Jesuit Retreat House
4800 Fahrnwald Road
Oshkosh, WI 54902
$150 for undergraduate and graduate students
$250 for faculty and staff
$525 for alumni
The retreat fee covers all transportation, food and lodging for the duration of the retreat.
Registration for the Silent Directed Retreat is now open. Registration will close on Sunday December 20.
For any questions or for further information, please contact:
Sara Knutson (Contact for students)
Campus Ministry, AMU 236
Michael Dante (Contact for faculty, staff, or alumni)
Faber Center for Ignatian Spirituality, Schroeder Complex 111