About the Event
Is God calling you to something new?
Have you been longing for new relationship with Jesus Christ as you discern a response of love to yourself, God, others, and our world? The experience of the 19th Annotation of the Ignatian Exercises might be right for you. This is an eight-month intentional and safe community to discern your deepest desires and cultivate interior freedom that allows responses of love. Lizy Stewart and Patti Keenan will facilitate group retreats and meetings and one on one spiritual direction.
St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits, developed the Spiritual Exercises in the 1500’s. History reveals that Ignatius was nurtured by Franciscans. The Spiritual Exercises come out of his Franciscan spiritual practices of using the senses and imagery to deepen the soul’s experience of Scripture, discernment, and relationship with God.
Please note: the group size will be limited to 6.
Click here for the full calendar. In summary, the format is as follows:
- A discernment session
- 7 Saturday retreat days consisting of group spiritual direction and contemplative prayer in an atmosphere of natural beauty and peace at San Damiano.
- 21 Wednesday Zoom Group Spiritual Direction Sessions (12p – 1:30p (Pacific Time)
- 8 monthly individual spiritual direction sessions scheduled at the convenience of the participant and spiritual directors Lizy Stewart or Patti Keenan.
- We will provide “The Ignatian Adventure: Experiencing the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius in Daily Life” by Kevin O’Brien.
If you are interested, the first step is to sign up below. Lizy Stewart will contact you to set up a discernment session to explore your questions and discern together whether the retreat is the right fit for you at this time in your life. Lizy will ask you to complete the Discernment Questions and to e-mail to her the day before your session. The cost for the discernment session is $25. If you discern to commit to the Exercises, Kateri at San Damiano will contact you to register for the Exercises 8-month retreat and the $25 will be applied to as part of your payment of the remaining amount due.
About the Presenter(s)Lizy Stewart
Lizy Stewart has been a spiritual director since 2005 after training at Mercy Center in Burlingame, CA. From 2007 to 2020, she went on to train and supervise spiritual directors and supervisors at Mercy Center. She has been directing the 19th Annotation of the Exercises of St. Ignatius since 2008. She loves companioning and directing the Exercises as she witnesses individuals come to new horizons and thresholds on their respective spiritual journeys. Lizy also leads retreats, teaches “Generous Living” workshops, and facilitates group spiritual direction, group supervision, and dream-work groups. She is committed to helping people become aware of and explore the movement of God.
Patricia Keenan is a Spiritual Director who has received her formation in Spiritual Direction in 2005 and Group Spiritual Direction in 2006 at Mercy Center in Burlingame, California. Her education includes a Theology and Psychology Degree from USF, Theological Studies in the Pastoral Ministry Program at Santa Clara University. Drug and Alcohol Studies of Pastoral Leadership in San Francisco. Some of her work background includes working with Addiction 12 Step Programs, Hospital Ministry at Stanford Valley Care hospital in Pleasanton, Chaplin Intern at Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose, Directing Spiritual Exercises at Mercy Center, Retreat Work in the Bay Area, working with the elderly at the Independent Aging Program in San Jose, the Adult Day Care Center in Half Moon Bay, and the Sunol Memory Care Center in Pleasanton. She lives in Pleasanton California with her husband, Joe and her dog named Faith.