ISI Workshop: Practicing Ignatian Spiritual Direction

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This workshop is for persons - Jesuits, religious, and lay - who offer spiritual companioning in the Ignatian tradition, including guiding the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.

The workshop retreat will pay close attention to:

  • who we are as Ignatian spiritual directors
  • the experience of Ignatian spiritual direction for guide and person being served
  • discernment as a spirituality
  • expectations in Ignatian spiritual companioning and guidance

And will offer practical guidance for different contexts of direction:

  • one-to-one ongoing spiritual direction
  • 18th annotation group retreat
  • 19th annotation one-to-one and group

Participants will:

  • attend plenary sessions for input and framework
  • work in triads for case studies and practical exercises
  • have opportunity to meet with persons with long experience doing the work in the various contexts
  • share their own experiences and best practices for the work
  • have opportunity for personal prayer and Eucharist celebrations

This workshop-retreat is designed to support the work and ministry of Jesuits, priests, religous sisters and brothers, and lay persons:

  • who help guide others through the Spiritual Exercises in various formats
  • who offer spiritual direction in the Ignatian tradition
  • who are discerning or moving into the retreat ministry or spiritual direction in the Ignatian tradition
  • who serve as campus ministers, on mission and identity committees, or faculty/staff formation committees

Participants will have made their own retreat experience of the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius


July 27 - 30, 2017

Arrival: 3:00 - 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 27
Opening Mass: 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 27
Departure: following lunch Sunday, July 30

Cost: Two options available

Option One: Workshop Only

  • includes all workshop materials
  • includes lunch Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House 
  • Registration fee (non-refundable):    $50
    ​                                    + program fee:   $150
  • Total Cost: $200

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

  • includes all workshop materials
  • includes all meal at Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House
  • includes private en suite room with linens provided
  • includes access to all campus facilities at beautiful Montserrat 
  • Registration fee (non-refundable):   $75
         +program and room and board:   $325
  • Total Cost: $400

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space is limited and will be filled on a first registered basis

Facilitated by:
Joseph A. Tetlow, S.J.

Jesuit Father Joe Tetlow currently resides in Grand Coteau, La. as retreat director and writer-in-residence. He also continues his ministry giving retreat and workshops in ignatian spirituality throughout the United States.​

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 is Director of the Ignatian Spirituality Institute. She is a spiritual director in the ignatian tradition and Senior Ignatian Fellow of Montserrat. Carol helps others as retreat director of the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius in various formats, including weekend retreats throughout the United States, the Exercises in Everday Life, and one-to-one directed retreats. She regularly offers programs and days of reflection to diocesan staff, parish staff, parish and church groups, and other oganizations. Ackels also helps form others in retreat ministry through workshops and conferences.

Appointed by the Jesuit Provincial, she served six years on the bi-province New Orleans-Missouri Commission on Ministry--the group that discerns long-range planning for apostolic work of the Jesuits and their colleagues. She is co-author with Fr. Tetlow, S.J. of Finding Christ in the World, a twelve week ignatian retreat. She served as founding Director and Coordinator for the Toward Greater Freedom retreat at Jesuit College Prep in Dallas, which has taken hundreds of parents and students through an experience of the Spiritual Exercises.

Carol holds a J.D. from SMU Dedman School of Law, and is currently seeking a Master of Arts in Theology and Leadership at Gonzaga University. She is married and resides in Dallas, Texas. She and her husband are the parents of five who are now delightful adults, and God has recently sent their family two grandchildren. 

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space is limited and will be filled on a first registered basis


Thursday, Jul.27, to Sunday, Jul.30, 2017