WORKSHOP - Roots Seeking Water: foundational theology of the Spiritual Exercises and what it means for Ignatian spiritual direction

for those who hand on ignatian spirituality through spiritual direction and guiding others through the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius 

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The workshop retreat will pay close attention to:

  • theological roots of the Spiritual Exercises and why it matters
  • foundational principles of Ignatian spirituality and what it means
  • transformational movement of the Spiritual Exercises and what it looks like 

And will offer practical guidance for:

  • Ignatian listening and responding
  • Living into and out of foundational Ignatian principles for director and directee
  • How to keep making progress

Participants will:

  • Attend plenary sessions for input and framework
  • Work in triads for case studies and practical exercises
  • Share their own experiences and best practices for the work
  • Have opportunity for personal prayer and Eucharist celebrations
  • Have ample opportunity for conversation and questions with workshop facilitators

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 the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius


Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House
600 North Shady Shores Drive
Lake Dallas, TX  75065


Arrival 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21, 2019
Departure following lunch Sunday, March 24, 2019


Non-refundable Registration fee of $50 is required to reserve  your place
Workshop Program only (with lunch):  $275

  • includes all workshop materials
  • includes lunch Friday and Saturday

Workshop Program with room and all meals:  $400

  • includes all workshop materials
  • includes private en suite room on the beautiful grounds of Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House 
  • includes all meals beginning with dinner Thursday through lunch Sunday 
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 as retreat director throughout the United States guiding   the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius in various formats, including weekend retreats, the Exercises in Everday Life, and one-to-one directed retreats. She regularly offers programs and days of reflection to diocesan staff, parish staff and groups, and other oganizations. Ackels also helps form others in retreat ministry through workshops and conferences. She is co-author with Fr. Tetlow, S.J. of Finding Christ in the World, a twelve week ignatian retreat. 

Carol holds a J.D. from SMU Dedman School of Law, and has worked with numerous Catholic schools and agencies in communications, development, and fundraising. She is currently seeking a Master of Art in Theology and Leadership at Gonzaga University, which will be completed in May 2019. Carol is married and resides in Dallas, Texas. She and her husband are parents of five who are now delightful adults, and God is delighting them with the gift of grandchildren.

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


Thursday, Mar.21, to Sunday, Mar.24, 2019