Ignatian Formation - Adult Faith Programs

The role of Jesuit High School's Ignatian Formation Office is to provide resources and offerings for the development of Ignatian Spirituality in parents, alumni, faculty and staff. Each year, we offer a variety of workshops, lectures, presentations, retreats, and prayer experiences. If you have any questions about the resources below or would like general direction on your spiritual journey, please contact Ignatian Formation Director Greg Allen at gallen@jesuitportland.org

Who is St. Ignatius?

The Ignatian Formation Office is named after St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus, commonly called the Jesuits. St. Ignatius is also well known for creating the “Spiritual Exercises” often used today for retreats and individual discernment.

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Ignatian Spirituality Center – Seattle

The Ignatian Spirituality Center in Seattle provides programs & retreats that aim to meet you wherever you are in your spiritual journey, and to help you deepen and explore your relationship with God.

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Universal Apostolic Preferences

The Universal Apostolic Preferences provide a horizon, a point of reference to the whole Society of Jesus. They unite us in our mission for four areas vital in our world today. The Society of Jesus will pay special attention to them in the next ten years.

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Reimagining the Examen App

Reimagining the Examen offers a unique prayer experience that’s tailored to your needs and mood. Each Examen, based on St. Ignatius’s 500-year-old prayer, guides you through a stimulating reflection on your day. Choose an Examen that matches your current state of being, or pray that day’s scheduled reflection.

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Parent/Alumni Retreat

The Parent/Alumni Retreat is held at St. Benedict Lodge on the McKenzie River in McKenzie Bridge, Oregon. This spring retreat typically begins on a Sunday and ends the following Tuesday. The food is good, the spot beautiful (just ask the majority of juniors or seniors), and the reflection is out of this world. Check back later for more information about next year's retreat. 

Jesuit Volunteer Encorps

Jesuit Volunteer EnCorps, a program of JVC Northwest, facilitates rewarding opportunities for service, community and spiritual formation for adults 50 and better who are committed to social and ecological justice. Members meet monthly online or in-person, creating spiritual community while staying safe. Our values arise from the Catholic Ignatian tradition and JV Encorps is an inclusive and welcoming community.

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Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life Retreat

SEEL Portland is a ministry of Jesuits West which gives people the opportunity to experience the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius in their everyday lives over a period of nine months. The 2021-2022 retreat will be an online experience, including one-on-one spiritual direction, monthly Saturday morning retreats, small group sacred listening, and book reflections.


Ecological Examen

This examen from Jesuits West and the Ignatian Solidarity Network asks you to reflect on your personal relationship with creation, to acknowledge and amend your ways and to promote ecological justice by standing in solidarity with those most impacted by environmental harm. 

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21-Day Ignatian Racial Equity Challenge

This 21-Day Retreat from the Ignatian Solidarity Network invites participants to enter into the complex work of understanding the realities of racial injustice and anti-Blackness in the U.S. and includes opportunities to learn, pray, and act on different themes of racial equity. 

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Gregory D. Allen
Ignatian Formation Director

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