Giving Witness: a practicum to preach the Spiritual Exercises

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What is the Practicum?

This is a workshop providing instruction and formation for planning and giving talks rooted in Ignatian spirituality in parish missions, days of reflection, or preached retreats. The practicum will offer instruction and one-to-one mentoring regarding:

  • identifying what audiences want and need
  • developing themes and flow of presentation out of the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius
  • formulating and framing presentations and talks rooted in the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius
  • best practices for use of hand-outs, technology, artwork, music, liturgies and sacramental symbols.
How is the Practicum presented?

During the practicum participants will:

  • attend plenary presentations
  • have ample time to work in small groups and individually
  • formulate and write presentations/talks
  • meet one-to-one with experienced mentors
  • be expected to prepare presentation/talk  
  • have opportunity for daily Eucharist and prayer
Who will attend the Practicum?

Please Note: ALL participants must have received the Covid 19 vaccine (two doses when applicable) on or before August 1, 2021 to attend.
The practicum is designed for lay persons, Jesuits, priests, religious sisters and brothers, involved in or moving into offering:

  • presentations/talks on ignatian identity to faculty and staff at Catholic schools and parishes, especially Jesuit institutions
  • parish missions, catechetical formation
  • days/mornings of reflection for parish, school, church, retreat house, or other organizations.
  • preached or conference retreats at retreat houses

Participants will have personally prayed the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius of Loyola, preferably in a 19th annotation or 30-day retreat, or minimally having made numerous personal preached retreats.

When is the Practicum?

Monday, August 30 - Friday, September 3, 2021

  • Arrival: 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. Monday, August 30
  • Opening Mass: 5:30 p.m. Monday, August 30
  • Departure: following 11:30 a.m. Closing Mass Friday, September 3 
Workshop Only: $350
Workshop + Room and Board: $475

Option One: Workshop Only $350

  • includes all workshop materials
  • includes lunch Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House 
  • Registration fee:  $75 (will be applied to total cost)
  • Total Cost: $350

Option Two: Workshop with room and board at Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House

  • includes all workshop materials
  • includes all meals at Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House
  • includes private en suite room with linens provided
  • includes access to all campus facilities at beautiful Montserrat 
  • Registration fee:   $75 (will be applied to total cost)
  • Total Cost: $475

Joseph A. Tetlow, S.J.

Jesuit Father Joe Tetlow has returned to Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House as writer-in-residence. He is also continuing his ministry giving  workshops in ignatian spirituality with the Ignatian Spirituality Institute.​

Born in New Orleans in 1930, Tetlow began seminary training just after World War II, completing licentiates in both Philosophy and Theology from Pontifical Faculties. His doctoral work in America social and intellectual history at Brown University focused on the development of American Catholic spirituality. Tetlow served eight years in Rome as head of the Society of Jesus Secretariat for Ignatian Spirituality, guiding the efforts of 250 Jesuit retreat houses worldwide and editing the Review of Ignatian Spirituality. Before moving to St Louis, he served as director of Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House in Lake Dallas, Texas.

Tetlow has been a professor of theology at St Louis University and associate editor of the Catholic weekly America. He was Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Loyola in New Orleans, founding executive secretary of the U.S. Jesuit Conference in Washington, D.C., and President of the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. As Director of Tertianship (the final period of Jesuit formation) he also acted as spiritual director to the clergy of the Austin Diocese in Texas. He has written numerous articles, including a commentary in America on the full cycle of Sunday readings, and has lectured around the world. Tetlow's books include Ignatius Loyola: Spiritual Exercises and Making Choices in Christ, a compendium of the foundational theology of Christian decision-making. His guide for making St Ignatius Spiritual Exercises, Choosing Christ in the World, has been translated into a number of languages and is used worldwide to guide others through the Spiritual Exercises.

Carol Atwell Ackels

Carol Atwell Ackels currently serves as director of the Ignatian Spirituality Institute. She is a spiritual director in the ignatian tradition and Senior Ignatian Fellow of Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House. Appointed by the Jesuit Provincial, she served six years on the province Commission on Ministry--the group that discerns long-range planning for apostolic work of the Jesuits and their colleagues. She served as founding Director and Coordinator for the Toward Greater Freedom retreat at Jesuit College Prep in Dallas, which led hundreds of parents and students through an experience of the Spiritual Exercises, and is co-author of Finding Christ in the World, a 12 week Ignatian retreat.

Ackels helps others as retreat director of the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius in various formats. She is regularly invited to give preached retreats throughout the United States, and also offers programs and days of reflection to parish and other oganizations throughout Texas and the Southwest. She has long experience in guiding others through 18th and 19th annotation retreats in everyday life, as well as five and eight day directed reteats. Ackels helps form others in retreat ministry through workshops, conferences, and the ongoing formation programs of ISI. 

Ackels holds a J.D. from SMU Dedman School of Law, and a M.A. in Leadership and Theology from Gonzaga University.  She is married and resides in Dallas, Texas. She and her husband are the parents of five delightful (now) adults and are proud and joy-filled grandparents of three.

Anthony R. Borrow, S.J.

Jesuit Father Anthony Borrow is currently serving as pastor of St. Martin de Porres parish in Belize City. Originally from Florida, Borrow joined the Jesuits in 1998 and being a Jesuit has been an exciting adventure leading to many places and a variety of ministries. 

During his years of formation, Borrow served in Honduras, San Antonio, and at Jesuit College Prep in Dallas where he introduced his theology students and their parents to an experience of the Spiritual Exercises – a series of meditations he wrote entitled Toward Greater Freedom. Since priestly ordination, Borrow has worked at Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory in Houston, Texas as Campus Minister, Counselor, and Theology Teacher; and as Associate Pastor at Immaculate Conception Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico. From 2015-2020, Borrow served as Executive Director and retreat director at Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House in Lake Dallas, Texas. He continues to have a special interest in sharing the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius of Loyola, especially through preached retreats and parish days of reflection. 

Borrow enjoys traveling and has visited Mexico, Yugoslavia, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Hong Kong, Nepal, Australia, and now Belize. Through his travels, he has become reasonably fluent in Spanish. He loves the Hispanic cultures, foods, language, and most especially the people.



Monday, Aug.30, 2021
Tuesday, Aug.31, 2021
Wednesday, Sep.1, 2021
Thursday, Sep.2, 2021
Friday, Sep.3, 2021