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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

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

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.

Ignatius House September Retreat

September 9-11, 2011, The Road to Emmaus: Walking with Grief with Director Mark Dannenfelser.

Grief can arise from…

A death
Ending a relationship
A child leaving home
Loss of a job
Personal struggles
There are many kinds of losses in life, uniquely experienced by each person.

Anyone dealing with loss will find this retreat helpful, focusing on the relationship between the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola and the process of grief.

Come experience the weekend with opportunities for silent reflection, guided meditations, growth with others in community, talks by the director, liturgy & time to rest.

Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center sits on a bluff overlooking the Chattahoochee River, less than 20 miles north of downtown Atlanta in Sandy Springs, Georgia at 6700 Riverside Dr. NW.

Surrounded by 20+ acres of trees, hills, a natural waterfall and a wandering creek, the retreat center features 50 private rooms with private bath, a library/conference room, a large chapel and a meditation chapel.

View pictures of the Ignatius House facility and grounds on their Facebook page or visit them online.

July Retreats at Ignatius House

The following retreats will be offered throughout the month of July at Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Dr. NW Atlanta, GA 30328.

July 8-10:
2 day Silent Retreat Spiritual Healing
Richard Stoltz

July 10-16
5 day Individually Directed Retreat

July 10-19
8 day Individually Directed Retreat

July 22-24
2 day Silent Retreat Heart, Mind and Spirit: Praying as One
Mark Dannenfelser

July 29-31
2 day Silent Retreat Vacation With the Lord
John Monroe

To register or for more information, call 404-255-0503, visit or email

Women’s Retreat at Ignatius House

This weekend, June 17-19, women are invited on a two day retreat, “In Search of the Beatitude Blessings,” led by Sr. Barbara Young, rc and Sr. Susan Arcaro, rc. 6700 Riverside Dr. NW. The event will be held at Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Dr. NW in Sandy Springs.

For more information, call 404.255.0503 or email