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Retreats and Spiritual Direction


Eastern Point Retreat House in Gloucester, MAThe Ignatian Spiritual Exercises are offered today to people who want to take their Christian life and their relationship to God more seriously. Jesuits sponsor retreat houses all over the world where people can go for silence and communion with God. Retreats vary in length from the traditional full 30 days, to eight days, five days, weekends and single days.The New England Province of Jesuits sponsors two centers in Massachusetts that specialize in Ignatian Retreats and Spiritual Direction, Campion Renewal Center in Weston and Eastern Point Retreat House in Gloucester.  For more Jesuit retreat houses on the East coast, visit The Jesuit Collaborative website.      

For those who cannot take even a few days out of their lives to go on retreat, Ignatius adapted the exercises to be made over a six to eight month period where one can spend an hour a day in prayer. These popular 19th Annotation retreats allow a person to make the full exercises in a schedule that accommodates his or her needs.

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Spiritual Direction

Fr. MatalianoMany people deepen and broaden their relationship with God through regular visits to a spiritual director. Spiritual direction is a sacred conversation in which the director helps another to reflect on experiences of God in prayer and in the events of their lives.

Individual Jesuits and their collaborators are available for retreats and spiritual direction. One can usually establish contact with one or more of these at the various schools and parishes that the Society of Jesus of New England sponsors and/or staffs.


Pictured above is Fr. Jim Mattaliano, SJ, spiritual director at Campion Renewal Center in Weston, Mass. Fr. John Murray, SJ, offers his reflection on spiritual direction and his work at Eastern Point Retreat House. Gloucester, Mass. Fr. Paul Sullivan spiritual director at Eastern Point Retreat House talks about his vocation and his relationship with God.