The aim of the Magis National Retreat is to provide faculty and administrators from Jesuit colleges and universities an opportunity to integrate Ignatian spirituality into their professional and personal lives. Based on the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius Loyola, the retreat includes seven days of prayer, reflection, and focused conversations. This is a unique blend between an academic conference, which emphasizes intellectual give and take, and an Ignatian retreat, which emphasizes primarily the individual’s encounter with God.
The Magis retreat is a "mostly" silent retreat. A typical day includes a morning talk by a team member on one of the major themes of Ignatius' Spiritual Exercises, time to meet with one's spiritual director, and evening sharing and social time. The days are spent in quiet to allow the Spirit to awaken in us those areas needing attention.
Ignatian Colleagues enter ICP for all different reasons and from all walks of life making each cohort rich with perspectives, points of view, and spiritual and religious experiences. Participants of all backgrounds and faith traditions including no faith traditions are warmly welcomed to attend the Magis retreat. The retreat team reflects on participant provided spiritual, faith, no faith, and/or religious journey and pairs retreatant's with spiritual companions that honors participant preferences.
ICP also offers a second "Alternative" Magis retreat for those who cannot attend the June Magis. If within the past 1-2 years one has participated in a 7 day Ignatian Silent retreat, or something similarly related, they are not "required" to attend Magis but will be invited so that they may enjoy the gifts that accompany those on retreat including the opportunity to deepen their relationships with other Ignatian Colleagues.
A Few Testimonials
“It was one of the most productive weeks I’ve spent. I’d recommend this to all faculty. I liked the mix of people from various universities and various backgrounds.”
“This would be an excellent opportunity for you to come to a deeper understanding of Ignatian spirituality in a retreat format that will prove welcoming to individuals from a variety of religious backgrounds, or for whom involvement in religious community was not familiar.”
“It is remarkably restorative as well as challenging…”
“Journeying on retreat with colleagues from other Jesuit institutions is expertly valuable.”
“I would emphasize the value of its peace, of pulling away, of achieving fresh perspective…even for those less devotionally inclined.”
“This retreat is an opportunity for spiritual growth; a great time for reflection/discernment. Good presentation of the Ignatian vision/spirit of our institution.”
“An opportunity to get know yourself and God more deeply."