The Spiritual Exercises and Ignatian Work

Maureen Waldron of Creighton University thinks that Jesuits should make special efforts to expand the ministry of the Spiritual Exercises to include the lay people who work in Jesuit/Ignatian ministries. “Freely offering them the Exercises, will support partners in ministry in exploring more deeply the roots of Ignatian spirituality and help them have a clearer understanding of the spirit and mission of these shared ministries,” she writes.

Read the whole thing.

Waldron, who blogs here at dotMagis, describes the impressive efforts she and her colleagues at Creighton have made to adapt the Exercises for a wide lay audience. These efforts include Creighton’s Online Retreat, which has also been published as a book, Retreat in the Real World.

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Jim Manney
Jim Manney is the author of highly praised popular books on Ignatian spirituality, including A Simple, Life-Changing Prayer (about the Daily Examen) and God Finds Us (about the Spiritual Exercises). He is the compiler/editor of An Ignatian Book of Days. His latest book is What Matters Most and Why. He and his wife live in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


  1. Thank you Maureen Waldron for leading me to this page through your prayerful involvement in our family’s loss of our son and brother in Christ.
    Thank you Jim, Meredith, Tim, Edward and Maureen for the resources you work hard to “give to others.”
    Ron Montpetit & Family


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