7 Day Ignatian Spirituality Retreat
A Silent Directed Retreat
Begins: Sunday, July 15th at 7:00 pm Ends: Sunday, July 22nd at 1:30 pm
Facilitators: Charles Pottie-Pâté, sj, with Heather Cowie
Charles Pottie-Pâté sj is originally from Nova Scotia with Acadian roots. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1959 and has completed 54 years as a Jesuit. Father Charles has been giving the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola since 1970 in one form or another, accompanying people in their journey of faith. He has been in the Calgary diocese since September of 2011 and his ministry involves the continuation of his work with Ignatian Spirituality including the Spiritual Exercises, retreats, and spiritual direction. Father Charles is a musician, plays the piano and organ and has been involved in liturgical music ministry for several years.
Heather Cowie was part of the resident community at King’s Fold from 2000-2004. She is now Pastor of Spiritual Formation at The Road Church and a Spiritual Director in Calgary. Her formal education has been in the areas of Bible and Theology and she did her Spiritual Direction training through Providence Renewal Centre in Edmonton. Heather loves to sew, read and rock climb.
"For it is not knowing much, but realizing and relishing things interiorly,
that contents and satisfies the soul." [Annotation 2]
- St. Ignatius Loyola. Spiritual Exercises.
What is a Directed Retreat? The directed retreat is designed to create an environment where you can meet God intimately and discover that you are uniquely loved and called by God. The Holy Spirit is the principal director of this time working in the depths of our hearts.
There are several key factors in the directed retreat which help you in this personal journey of discovery of the Lord...
Personal Prayer: During the course of the retreat, you are invited to develop an intimate relationship with the Lord through periods of quiet, personal prayer, usually rooted in Scripture and especially the gospels.
Reflection: Through reflecting on your experience you are helped to recognize the inner movements of consolation and desolation, and to discern the call of God from the many rival calls that can draw you away from God.
Silence: You are invited to spend the whole retreat, including meals, in silence, and to leave aside many of the things you take for granted: television, radio, mobile phones and newspapers. From this outer quiet comes an inner stillness.
Meeting with a Director: You are assigned a personal companion for the duration of the retreat, who each day listens to your experience, helps you to discern where the Holy Spirit is leading you and to choose material for the next day’s prayer.
Communal Prayer: worshipping and praying to God together in song, hearing God’s Word and praise and intercession deepens our community in the Body of Christ, that we are members one of another in the same Body.
The Eucharist/Lord’s Supper/Communion, which is the source and summit of our prayer, is provided each day. (Recommended but Optional)