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 2020-2021

You are invited to prayerfully consider making a SPA (9 week) retreat during the upcoming academic year.
  • Fall 2020: Nine Wednesday evenings, September 23 - November 18, 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Winter/Lent 2021: Nine Tuesday evenings, January 19 – March 16, 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Register by Friday, September 18, 2020 for the Fall retreat.
For further information contact one of the following:

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 Donald Petkash

    Donald Petkash S.J. 

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

    Ken Styles S.J. 

  • Photo of Dolly Gingo

    Dolly Gingo 

    Administrative Assistant, Office of Mission & Identity
  • Photo of Lisa Massello

    Lisa Massello 

    Walsh Jesuit High School
    Science Teacher
    Allegheny College - B.S.
    Allegheny College - M.A.
    Case Western Reserve University - M.S.
    Ursuline College - M.A.