Ignatian Spiritual Retreat


The Spiritual Exercises are a compilation of meditations, prayers, and contemplative practices developed by St. Ignatius Loyola to help people deepen their relationship with God.  

Lenten Retreat with Fr. Behrend

Exploring the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius Loyola

Beginning Monday, February 15, 2021 and continuing through March 29, 2021, Fr. Behrend will host a retreat focused on Ignatian spirituality. These Spiritual Exercises grew out of Saint Ignatius of Loyola's personal experience seeking to grow in union with God and discern His will. Ignatius gathered prayers, meditations, reflections, and directions into a carefully-designed framework of a retreat, which Father will share weekly.

This retreat will be offered virtually. Fr. Behrend will pre-record his retreat sessions, and they will be available to view on our website. Additionally, all videos will be emailed out to participants. 

To register for this Lenten series, please click here: Lenten Series Sign Up

Watch the Week 2 Reflection video below:

Click here for Week 2 Printables


Week One: Reflection on our lives in light of God's boundless love for us.

This first week is a time to reflect on our lives in light of God's boundless love for us. We see that our response to God's love has been hindered by patterns of sin. We face these sins knowing that God wants to free us of everything that gets in the way of our loving response to him. The first week ends with a meditation on Christ's call to follow him.

Week One Video and Week One Printables

Week Two: Meditate on Jesus' birth, baptism, sermon on the mount, and His ministry of healing and teaching.

The second week focuses on meditations and prayers that teach us how to follow Christ as His disciple. We reflect on Scripture passages: Christ's birth and baptism, His sermon on the mount, His ministry of healing and teaching, and His raising Lazarus from the dead. We are brought to decisions to change our lives to do Christ's work in the world and to love Him more intimately.

Week Three: Meditate on Jesus' Last Supper, passion, and death.

During the third week, we will meditate on Christ's Last Supper, passion, and death. We see His suffering and the gift of the Eucharist as the ultimate expression of God's love.

Week Four: Meditate on Jesus' resurrection and his apparitions to his disciples.

The fourth week involves meditating on Jesus' resurrection and his apparitions to his disciples. We walk with the risen Christ and set out to love and serve Him in concrete ways in our lives in the world.

The two primary forms of prayer you will learn in the Exercises are MEDITATION and CONTEMPLATION

In MEDITATION, we use our minds. We ponder the basic principles that guide our life. We pray over words, images, and ideas.

In CONTEMPLATION, we use our feelings. Contemplation stirs the emotions and enkindles deep desires. We rely on our imaginations to place ourselves in a setting from the Gospels or in a scene proposed by Ignatius. We pray with Scripture. We do not study it.

What we will do is an abridged form of the Spiritual Exercises. Each Monday, Father will post a video explaining different types of prayer, a little about the week, and the next set of reflections. Fr. Behrend is a certified Ignatian Director and has been through and led many different forms of Ignatian retreats. Thank you for joining us!

For more information, contact Fr. Thomas Behrend at 440-248-1350 ext 101 or email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .