Retreats and Reflection

The Ignatian Center offers our annual Ignatian Spirituality Retreat for Santa Clara University faculty and staff at Villa Maria del Mar in Santa Cruz, CA in the weekend following undergraduate commencement.  Other opportunities for faculty and staff to engage the Ignatian spiritual tradition and the Spiritual Exercises include: a retreat in daily life, an annual day of reflection, and Ignatian afternoons (luncheon series around topics related to Ignatian tradition).  

The Ignatian Center also supports an array of offerings related to the practice of meditation and mindfulness: an annual Meditation and Mindfulness Retreat, an open Zen sitting group, weekly Brown Bag Zen lunches, and the Contemplatives in Action monthly faculty group.

Engaging in Spiritual Exercises

by Robert Scholla, S.J. |

September 2015-June 2016
On-Campus (weekly meeting with spiritual director)

For many years Santa Clara University faculty and staff have engaged in programs, conversations and retreats that have been imbued with Ignatius Loyola's vision for higher education.  In order to enrich this vision of our work here at Santa Clara, the 2012 Strategic Plan for the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education proposes to make the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius more available to faculty and staff.

As a university community we represent various faith traditions and differing degrees of explicit religious commitment.  In the midst of demands from our work and personal life, each of us strives to live a life of interiority and reflection.  Ignatian prayer ultimately is realized in the midst of our daily life and labor, for life itself is the laboratory for Ignatian discernment and encounter with God.

If you are interested in knowing more about the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, please contact Fr. Rob Scholla, S.J. at or (408) 551-7177.

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