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Weekly Examen Practice

Artwork courtesy of Arthur Poulin, O.S.B. Cam.,


Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits, urged his companions to practice the examen as a means of prayer and discernment.

The examen is a regular practice of reviewing the events and experiences of one's day and reflecting on the invitation of the spirit present there.

A guided practice of the examen is offered on Fridays weeks two through nine from 12:30 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the Multifaith Sanctuary, St. Joseph's Hall, Santa Clara University.

Members of the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education and Campus Ministry will facilitate. 

The examen practice consists of five simple steps:


Be present to this moment, to the spirit of the living God.


Give thanks.


Consider the events and experiences of your day.


Notice what rises. Where did you experience light, life, love? Tension, fear, confusion?


Where is the invitation? How might you proceed tomorrow?