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November retreats at Ignatius House

Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center will offer several retreats during the month of November.

Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center is located at 6700 Riverside Drive NW, Atlanta, GA 30328.

To register, visit or call 404.255.0503.

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Lenten Days of Reflection at Ignatius House‏

Observe Lent with a weekly Day of Reflection at Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center. Attend one Wednesday or all four remaining dates, February 26, March 6, 12 and 20. Focus your Lenten journey on self-reflection, sacrifice and gratitude.

To RSVP, contact Sharon at or 404.255.0503 or visit to register.

Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center is located at 6700 Riverside Drive NW, Atlanta, GA 30328.


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Learning to cope with grief and loss? Attend a silent retreat at Ignatius House.

In every person’s journey loss and grief is inevitable. Whether it is the loss of a loved one, a job, our health, a home, or a a child moving out on their own, the pain is real and palpatable.  But, when we choose to intentionally embrace the path of grieving, we can find that along the way, God’s healing will come…often in the most surprising ways.  If you, or someone you know, is struggling with loss and grief , consider attending the Ignatius House Retreat Center November 12th – 14th two night Silent Retreat on grief and loss titled “The Road to Emmaus: Walking with Grief”.

Directed by spiritual directors Bob Fitzgerald and , it might be just what you need to help you on your own road to healing.

To Register: Click here, visit, call 404.255.0503, or email

July 31st is Saint Ignatius of Loyola Feast Day. Celebrate at Ignatius House.

At Ignatius House The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius form the foundation of their mission, Silent Weekend Retreats, Days of Reflection and the Spiritual Direction offered to all. Written by Ignatius of Loyola, The Exercises provide structure to an ongoing process that answers God’s call to enter into a deeper relationship with Himself and the life of the Trinity.

If you have attended a retreat at Ignatius House you are already familiar with the Spiritual Exercises and how they can provide some direction for deepening your own relationship with God and his desire for your life.  To learn more, consider attending a Silent Weekend Retreat or Day of Reflection soon.  Dates and times available at

In honor of St Ignatius and his contribution to our lives, Ignatius House will be celebrating St. Ignatius Feast Day on Tuesday, July 31st with a public Mass and luncheon.  Be sure to register early as space will be limited. The Mass begins at 12:15pm followed by a luncheon. Cost is $15 per person for lunch. To register, visit, call 404.255.0503 or email


Fast Facts about St. Ignatius of Loyola:

  • Inigo (Ignatius) was born on December 24, 1491, the year before Columbus discovered a New World
  • After being seriously wounded at the Battle of Pamplona, he underwent a profound spiritual conversion, which placed great emphasis on discerning God’s presence in the everyday experiences of ordinary life
  • After his conversion, he devoted his mature years to the revitalization of Catholicism
  • Ignatius said Mass for the first time in Rome, in the church of Santa Maria Maggiore in 1538, more than fifteen years after his “conversion”
  • His chief work, the “Spiritual Exercises” was started at Manresa in 1522 but wasn’t published with Papal approval until 1548
  • Ignatius, along with several faith-filled friends founded the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits)
  • In 1540, after Pope Paul III approved the Institute of the Society of Jesus, Ignatius was elected General Superior and served in that post until his death in 1556 at the age of 65
  • At the time of his death there were 13,000 members of the Society living in thirty-two provinces all over Europe
  • In its early years, The Society of Jesus served as the chief instrument of the Catholic Reformation
  • Today, the Jesuits are the largest male religious order in the world, with approximately 19,000 members internationally


The Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola: What Can It Teach Us About God? (an excerpt from James Martin, SJ’s book The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything) You can purchase this book at the Trinity Book Shop at Ignatius House.


Celebrate Mother’s Day in a special way at Ignatius House Retreat Center


Bring your mother or daughter to Ignatius House for a very special Mother’s Day Weekend retreat, Friday May 11, at 6pm  – Sunday, May 13, at 10am. Be reminded of God’s love for you, the gift you have in relationship, and time to enjoy one another.

The retreat starts on Friday evening and ends on Sunday at 10am, leaving you rested and renewed with time to spend the day with your family.

Directed by Cathy Crosby and Emily Crosby Kaufman.

To register, click HERE.

Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center is located at 6700 Riverside Drive NW, Atlanta, GA 30328.

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3rd Annual Catholic Earth Day Invites People of all Faiths to Embrace Stewardship for God’s Creation


On April 22nd, parishes, parishioners and people of all faiths will unite at Ignatius House Retreat Center in Sandy Springs to celebrate Earth Day.  With a focus on cultivating and caring for the land that nourishes our lives, participants will learn how stewardship of the land is a requirement of living a spiritual life.

According to United States Conference of Catholic Bishops as posted on their website:; “We show our respect for the Creator by our stewardship of creation. Care for the earth is not just an Earth Day slogan, it is a requirement of our faith.”

Catholic Earth Day Committee member Nancy Sestak adds: “It is also an opportunity to deepen our relationship with all that God has created.”

The Catholic Earth Day Committee, a group of volunteers from Catholic churches throughout the Atlanta Archdiocese organized the first Earth Day event in 2010.  The event received the “Trailblazer Award” by Georgia Interfaith Power & Light at its annual GIPPY’s award ceremony, and has been recognized by the Catholic Climate Covenant for sharing the Church’s teaching on environmental stewardship and helping Catholics to see how environmental degradation impacts the poor and vulnerable among us.

This year’s event and celebration will have a theme focused on “Earth.”   Free and open to people of all faith, the event will begin with prayerful reflection at 2 p.m. followed by several presentations, a panel discussion, an outdoor Mass at 5:00pm, and a reception that includes a “locally-grown” meal.

Laurie and Will Moore of Moore Farm (Woodland, Alabama) will share with attendees their experiences as organic farmers, and their efforts to bring locally grown alternatives to Atlantans.  Veronica Watson from Ecopaat Gardens will talk about her experiences with providing inner city neighborhoods access to small gardens.  Janet Claussen, Theology Department Chair at Marist, will guide the panel discussion at the end of the day.

As in past years, Catholic Earth Day will take place on the expansive grounds of the Ignatius House Retreat Center located at 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, in Sandy Springs, a suburb or metro Atlanta.  Located on the Chattahoochee River, the Center’s inspiring natural surroundings provide the perfect example of the beauty and richness of God’s creation and the need for ongoing stewardship to protect it.

“Nature and all its beauty is a gift from our creator,” says Maria Cressler, Executive Director of Ignatius House Retreat Center.  “When we stop to really experience and appreciate it, we can see that it is our responsibility to care for it just as we are cared for by God.”

In order to gauge needs for food for the reception, please RSVP online   or email: To learn more about Catholic Earth Day or to find resources on “caring for creation visit .

Peace Be With You: Transforming Your Fear into a Gift Retreat

Peace Be With You: Transforming Fear Into Gift, a 2-night retreat and workshop with Fr. Matthew Linn, Join Fr. Linn, and Ignatius House Retreat Center on a healing retreat and journey to learn how Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to transform the apostles from hiding behind closed doors into bold risk takers rooted in a deep peace unshaken by imprisonment, violence and death. Cost $250. April 13-15. Ignatius House, 6700 Riverside Drive NW, Atlanta.  More info/to register:  404-255-0503 or

Lenten Happenings at Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center

DAYS OF REFELCTION During Lent: March 13th, 22nd and 28th from 9am- 3pm
Days of Reflection are opportunities to take that “short break” from life to pause, listen and reflect on God’s word and will for your life. There will be three 30 minute talks followed by periods of quiet for prayer and self-reflection. Coffee and a light breakfast will start at 9am with the first talk beginning promptly at 9:30am. Lunch will be served and Mass will be included. Visit to view our calendar or call 404.255.0503  

LENT SILENT WEEKEND RETREATS: March 15th -18th (3 Day) and March 23rd -25th (2 Day)
Weekend Silent Retreats begin at 6:30pm with a reception and dinner at 7pm and end on Sunday after Mass and lunch.  Based on the Spiritual Exercise of St. Ignatius, every Silent Retreat is directed by a certified spiritual director or trained retreat director. Throughout the weekend, our directors present a series of presentations designed to assist you with your meditation, reflection, and spiritual journey.  Attendance at presentations is optional but encouraged.  Over the weekend there are also opportunities for retreatants to participate in the liturgy, group prayer, and/or speak to a Spiritual Director. If you would prefer complete solitude, the nature trails, reflection areas, and retreat center host numerous opportunities to be alone with yourself and God.

PALM SUNDAY Weekend Retreat – Saying “Yes” to God: March 29th – April 1st
As one of the most important days in the Christian calendar after Christmas and Easter, Palm Sunday is a time when we reflect on the final week of Jesus’ life: from his triumphal entry into Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover, to his final day of ministry on earth.  It is also a time to prepare our hearts for the agony of His Passion, the joy of His Resurrection, and the meaning of his life and sacrifice in our own lives today.  Spend Palm Sunday Weekend in silent retreat saying “Yes” to God.  Register today! 

HOLY WEEK RETREAT – Jesus, the Incarnate Word Made Flesh: April 4th – April 7th
During Lent many Christians have changed their focus from “giving something up” to giving “something to,” either to others or to their own spiritual life.  During the final week of Christ’s life give something to yourself and God: reflection, prayer and spiritual direction. For more information or to register

Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center is located at 6700 Riverside Drive NW, Atlanta, GA 30328.

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Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at Ignatius House


Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a special Day of Reflection and Meditation on Monday January 16, 2012 at Ignatius House Retreat Center from 9am-3pm. The day includes three 30 minute talks followed by periods of quiet and meditation. Coffee and a light breakfast are served at 9:00 am. Lunch will be served and mass celebrated.

Two months before he was assassinated, Martin Luther King, Jr. reflected on how he wished to be remembered after his death:

“If you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice; say that I was a drum major for peace; I was a drum major for righteousness.”

In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Ignatius House Retreat Center invites women and men of all faiths to reflect on what King called a “A New Definition of Greatness.”

Join them for this special Day of Reflection and Meditation led by Matthew Cressler. Matthew is a doctoral candidate in American Religions at Northwestern University. His studies are focused on African American and American Catholic religious histories as they intersect with conceptions of the American Nation. Matthew is currently completing his dissertation, titled To Be Black and Catholic: African American Catholics in Chicago from Postwar Migrations to Black Power. He recently received the American Catholic Historical Association’s fourteenth annual John Tracy Ellis Dissertation Award.

To register, visit, call 404.255.0503, or email to

Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive NW, Atlanta, GA 30328.

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Open House at Ignatius House Retreat Center this Sunday

On December 18, 1960, a year after Suzanne Schroder’s death, the newly constructed retreat center was blessed and dedicated as the Suzanne Spalding Schroder Memorial that was to be known officially as the “Ignatius Retreat House.” To celebrate the end of their Jubilee Year, an Open House will be held this Sunday, December 18, from 2-4pm.

It has been a year of new retreats, new spiritual programs, guest Jesuit Authors, not to mention the completion of the J. Robert Fitzgerald Resource building, parking lot, and renovations to the Retreat Center. Help the staff and friends of Ignatius House complete the celebration.

Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center is located at 6700 Riverside Drive NW in Atlanta. Call 404.255.0503 for more information.