The Schools of Sustainable Faith guide people to embrace the contemplative life. They help people honor sabbath and observe life-giving rhythms. They draw us toward healthy, embodied spiritual practices. They nurture self-awareness and vocational clarity. They launch kingdom enterprises.


The Ignatian Formation Program

Sustainable Faith offers participants a guided nine month retreat with a seasoned spiritual director trained specifically to accompany you through this transformative journey.  Scripture reflections are offered daily, along with additional readings on key themes in Ignatian spirituality.  

Guided weekly in spiritual direction, students in the Ignatian Formation Program will reflect and explore and gain an increased awareness of God's movement in their life.

 

Our registration process has 4 steps:

  1. Fill out a brief inquiry
  2. Discern, with the help of program director Vicki Wehmeyer, the timing and resources that will best suit you for your Ignatian Formation journey
  3. Confirm your desire to participate
  4. Submit your first month's program fee (once an invoice is received). 

You can begin the process with the INQUIRY button to the right.

 
"I was not sure where the Exercises were going to lead me–but am truly grateful that they led me to a deeper awareness of the love from God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. "
- Anonymous
 

Ignatian Formation Program

COST : $143/ month*

*Includes weekly
spiritual direction session


A Brief History of the
Ignatian Exercises

The Spiritual Exercises grew out of Ignatius of Loyola’s personal experience of seeking to grow in union with God and to discern God’s will. As he grew in that union, he took note of the things that were the most helpful.  Eventually Ignatius gathered these prayers, meditations, reflections, and directions into a carefully designed spiritual journey, which he called spiritual exercises.


The Structure of the Ignatian Exercises

Ignatius organized the Exercises into four “weeks.” These are not seven day weeks, but four stages on a journey to spiritual freedom and wholehearted commitment to God and service to His Kingdom.

Preparation week. Six weeks of scripture reflections prepare a person to enter into the Exercises. Daily reflections on God’s love, mercy and grace allow the individual to consider his or her identity, worth, and value in light of the ‘long and loving gaze of God’.

First week. The first stage of the Exercises is a time of reflection on our lives in light of God’s boundless love for us. We see that our response to God’s love has been hindered by patterns of sin. We face these sins knowing that God wants to set us free of everything that gets in the way of our loving response to him. 

Second week. The reflections and prayers of the second stage teach us how to follow Christ as his disciples. We reflect on Scripture passages related to Christ’s birth and baptism, his sermon on the mount, his ministry of healing and teaching, his raising of Lazarus from the dead, etc.  We are brought to decisions that change our lives to follow Christ more closely, love him more intimately, and know him more clearly.  

Third week. We meditate on Christ’s Last Supper, passion, and death. We see his suffering and death as the ultimate expression of God’s love.  During these weeks we are asked to be a friend to Jesus in his darkest hours.

Fourth week. We meditate on Jesus’ resurrection and appearances to his disciples. We walk with the risen Christ and set out to love and serve him in concrete ways in the world.