Retreats and Reflection

The Ignatian Center offers our annual Ignatian Spirituality Retreat for Santa Clara University faculty and staff at Villa Maria del Mar in Santa Cruz, CA in the weekend following undergraduate commencement.  Other opportunities for faculty and staff to engage the Ignatian spiritual tradition and the Spiritual Exercises include: a retreat in daily life, an annual day of reflection, and Ignatian afternoons (luncheon series around topics related to Ignatian tradition).  

The Ignatian Center also supports an array of offerings related to the practice of meditation and mindfulness: an annual Meditation and Mindfulness Retreat, an open Zen sitting group, weekly Brown Bag Zen lunches, and the Contemplatives in Action monthly faculty group.


Why Do We Suffer? An Ignatian Day of Prayer and Reflection

by Robert W. Scholla S.J. |

November 16, 2013 | 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Multifaith Sanctuary, Saint Joseph’s Hall

Registration for this event is now closed.

Given the Bannan Institute’s theme, What Good Is God? this day of reflection will attend to the related perennial human question: “Why do we suffer?” Utilizing methods and insights from Ignatius of Loyola’s Spiritual Exercises, participants will have opportunities for personal prayer and communal reflection, as we attend to the reality of human suffering and to the liberating and compassionate response of God.

Robert W. Scholla S.J., is the Bannan Faculty Fellow in the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education at Santa Clara University. Rob holds a doctorate in Fundamental Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. Although passionate about classroom work and having taught for almost forty years, over the years Rob’s pastoral labor has brought him to serve families seeking healing from domestic violence and young people in juvenile detention. For twenty-five years Rob has regularly offered Ignatian retreats and engaged in spiritual ministries. Having completed his term as rector of the Jesuit Community at Loyola Marymount University, Rob happily returns to service at Santa Clara.

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