Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Living

Man praying at sunset

St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuit order, developed his Spiritual Exercises so that people could retreat for 30 days of prayer and silence to grow in their relationship with God, and learn to listen for the voice of the Spirit in their lives. Eventually, he also developed many various adaptations of the Spiritual Exercises for people who could not go away for 30 days. The adaptation used for the Fordham University program, called the 19th Annotation, is the basis of the Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life retreat or SEEL. The SEEL retreat program invites people to make the Spiritual Exercises in the 19th annotation with the guidance of a spiritual director over a period of nine months.

If you would like to learn more about the SEEL retreat program, please explore the links below. The SEEL retreat typically begins in September and continues through May.

Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Living Application
Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Living Brochure

8 Week Praying with St. Ignatius of Loyola, Finding Christ in the World

Join fellow members of the Fordham community on an 8 retreat in everyday living.  This retreat will offer you the opportunity to deepen your relationship with God, the Spiritual Exercises, and gain a deeper understanding of Ignatian Spirituality.  If you have questions or are interested in joining this retreat, email [email protected] for an application.  Two information sessions will be offered at the beginning of the semester.

For undergraduate students: You will meet 4 times as a group and 4 times individually with a spiritual director over the course of 8 weeks. 

For faculty, staff, and graduate students: You will meet weekly as a group and 4 times individually with a spiritual director over the course of 8 weeks.