Janet Ruffing, RSM





"Touched by the Holy: Contemplation, Gratitude, and Compassion"

Consciously awakening to these three key movements in the spiritual life leads us into God, into our own hearts and healing, and into compassionate presence and service in the world. We will begin with coming home to ourselves in the natural beauty of Oshkosh, reflect on the unique ways each have been "touched by the Holy, the awakening of a sense of the alluring Presence of God in our lives," and explore how this touch of the Holy awakens Gratitude and Compassion within us energizing us to respond to the needs of our world. As members of a University community, how does each one move from this graced center?


WHEN: October 25-27, 2013

WHERE: Jesuit Retreat House, Oshkosh, WI

RETREAT DIRECTOR: Dr. Janet K. Ruffing, RSM, Professor of the Practice of Spirituality and Ministerial Leadership, Yale Divinity School


Dr. Janet Ruffing, RSM, is a Sister of Mercy, originally from California. She taught religion and English in secondary schools until she began PhD studies in 1980. She completed a Masters Degree in Applied Spirituality at the University of San Francisco and a Certificate in Theological Studies at the Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley. In 1986, she received her PhD in Christian Spirituality from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley and began teaching at Fordham University in the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education. Here she chaired a concentration in Spirituality and Spiritual Direction until 2009 when she retired, becoming Professor Emerita. Since 2010, she has been teaching at Yale Divinity School where her focus is teaching courses that are both personally transformational for the students as well as preparing them to minister to the spirituality needs of their communities. She continues her own spiritual direction practice at present and is enjoying leading retreats as time allows.



What to expect:  Silent retreat with individual rooms and delicious meals provided; casual attire recommended.  The retreat schedule is provided below.


Friday Evening:
4-6 p.m.  Arrival
7:00 p.m. Dinner
8:15 p.m. Retreat Information Session
8:30 p.m. Opening Conference……Silence Begins
7:45 a.m. Optional Morning Prayer
8:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Retreat Conference
9:30 a.m. Personal Prayer, Reflection, and Private Spiritual Direction as desired*
10:30 a.m. Retreat Conference
11:00 a.m. Personal Prayer, Reflection, Private Spiritual Direction
Noon Lunch…followed by time for personal prayer, reflection, and private spiritual direction
3:30 p.m. Retreat Conference
4:00 p.m. Personal Prayer, Reflection, and Private Spiritual Direction
6:00 p.m. Dinner
7:30 p.m. Healing Prayer Service
7:45 a.m. Optional Morning Prayer
8:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Retreat Conference
9:30 a.m. Personal Prayer, Reflection, and Private Spiritual Direction
11:00 a.m. Mass (Silence Ends)
Noon Lunch……Departure


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Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius

The exercises are a pathway to recognizing God's activity in our deepest desires and growing in unity with God. Emerging from the experience of St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus, the Exercises provide a structured opportunity to mature in spiritual freedom and make choices that are responsive to God's call in one's life.