Ignatian Spirituality

Ignatian spirituality is at the core of Walsh Jesuit's mission and identity. What is this spirituality and how does one experience it? 

For 500 years the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola have inspired countless men and women to a deeper spiritual growth, discernment, self-revelation, and a more personal, intimate relationship with Jesus. The Spiritual Exercises form the cornerstone of Ignatian spirituality.

For the past twelve years The Spirituality Program for Adults (SPA) at Walsh Jesuit has offered an eight-week format of the Spiritual Exercises, over nine (9) consecutive Tuesdays, to the Walsh Jesuit community —current parents, faculty, staff, board of directors, alumni, and friends of Walsh Jesuit.  

Retreat sessions are held once a week beginning with Mass, followed by a presentation and small group discussions.  Each retreatant is expected to spend 30 minutes a day doing the following at home:
  • Pray over assigned scripture passages (20 minutes)
  • Journal reflections on Scripture passages (5 minutes)
  • Review the day (5 minutes)

SPA 2019-2020

You are invited to prayerfully consider making a SPA retreat during the upcoming academic year:

Winter/Lent 2020: Nine Tuesday evenings, January 28 – March 24,
7:00 - 9:30 p.m.
(Registration for the winter retreat closes January 24.)

What Retreatants have said

‘I feel even closer to Jesus and have loved getting to know him better. My faith has grown so much, and I plan to continue to develop my relationship with Jesus/God.’

‘Seeing Jesus in his humanity, my prayer life has grown through the process of daily prayer and journaling.’

‘I have learned many methods of prayer that open me up to deeper prayer than I had ever experienced. I want to learn more about the Ignatian Exercises.’

‘The SPA program helped me to achieve a peace that I have not had in a very long time. Life-changing!’

Meet the SPA Team

List of 4 members.

  • Photo of Lisa Massello

    Lisa Massello 

    Walsh Jesuit High School
    VIce-President for Mission & Identity, Science Teacher
    2012
  • Photo of Donald Petkash

    Donald Petkash S.J. 

    Walsh Jesuit High School
    Director, Mission & Identity
    2001
  • Photo of Ken Styles

    Ken Styles S.J. 

    Jesuit, Co-Coordinator Companions Program, Jesuit Refugee Services (JRS) Action Team Moderator
    2014
  • Photo of Dolly Gingo

    Dolly Gingo 

    Administrative Assistant, Office of Mission & Identity
    2008