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The Spiritual Exercises: An Ignatian Adventure

Discover how faith can thrive in your everyday life. 

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I am still at a place where I do not have the words to express my more than wonderful experience during the retreat; All I can say is that when I opened myself up to receiving, the giver of gifts just continued to remold me; My relationship with the Divine was renewed.

Nabuule Vivian, M.Div '18, JST

The experience of the 19th annotation was life changing. My faith was deepened in ways I had never imagined. I am very thankful for this experience and it has changed my prayer life going forward.

Vicki Pope '77
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Our Team

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Fr. John Auther, S.J.

Fr. John Auther, SJ has been a Jesuit for 45 years and a priest for almost 30 years. He has worked as a high school campus minister, an associate pastor and pastor, most recently at the Jesuit parish in San Diego. In his pastoral ministry he has devoted a good deal of time to Spanish-speaking work, detention facilities and retreats. He now works at the Jesuit Retreat Center of Los Altos. Fr. John is a part of our retreat guide support team and leads our retreat guide reflection evenings.


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Tony Cortese

Tony serves as the Director for Ignatian Spirituality in the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education, tasked with creating, implementing, and assessing programs that enhance engagement with Ignatian Spirituality across all key constituents for the Division of Mission and Ministry, especially faculty and staff. Tony holds a B.A. and M.A. in International Relations and an M.A. in Pastoral Care from Fordham University. Tony has served as a Campus Minister for the Diocese of Sacramento and as a Young Adult Minister at St. Ignatius Loyola Parish in Sacramento, CA. Tony is a retreat guide for the 19th annotation, a small group facilitator for both retreats, and is managing the adaptations and recordings of all the reflection meditations for the 18th annotation retreat.


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Maryanne Stanislaw

Maryanne Stanislaw is a Spiritual Director and a Companion of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, as well as a retreat facilitator and a study group leader. She is a graduate of Embracing the Holy Spiritual Direction Program at the Urban Spirituality Center, in Portland, OR and the Pierre Favre Program to give the Spiritual Exercises at the Jesuit Retreat Center in Los Altos, CA. Maryanne is a retreat guide for the 19th annotation, a small group facilitator for both retreats, and the primary presenter for the 18th annotation meetings.


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Sarah Bonini

Sarah Bonini is the Director of External Relations for the Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University, and received both her J.D. in 1993 and M.A. in Pastoral Ministries in 2021 from SCU. She is currently in the Pierre Favre Program at the Jesuit Retreat Center in Los Altos to complete her certification to be a retreat guide for the Spiritual Exercises. Sarah is the logistics lead for the Spiritual Exercises retreats.


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Lynne Lukenbill

Lynne Lukenbill received her M.A. in the Pastoral Ministries Program at SCU in 2012 and has continued to work with the program as the Sr. Administrative Assistant. Lynne received her training to lead the Spiritual Exercises through the Pierre Favre Program at the Jesuit Retreat Center in Los Altos. Lynne is a retreat guide and small group facilitator for both the 19th and 18th annotation retreats.


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