The Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life

Ignatius of Loyola wrote the Spiritual Exercises in the 1500’s and still today they are current and offer a way to grow stronger in faith and in relationship with God. The spiritual exercises were written to be given on a 30 day silent directed retreat.  But, because most lay people cannot get away for this length of time, Ignatius added the 19th Annotation which allows the Exercises to be given in daily life over a 9 month period. The Spiritual Exercises (19th Annotation) use scripture in daily prayer to draw a person deeper into relationship with Jesus and to journey with Him through His life.

Entering into the Spiritual Exercises in Daily Life has a time commitment daily of :

  • 1 hr a day in prayer (in meditation and in contemplation, entering the gospel scene)

  • 15 minutes journaling

  • 15 minutes Examen

  • 1 1/2 hour weekly session to go over the past week's prayer with a spiritual director trained in offering the exercises.

The retreat in daily life begins with a dinner in August and ends with a dinner in May.

This next year (2019-20) there will be four extra spaces added for those who are in the Dovehouse Spiritual Direction Training Program to direct someone in the Spiritual Exercises in Daily Life.

It is possible that not everyone who applies will be accepted.  There is limited space because of the time commitment for the directors.

Application Process

General Information: Applicants should be engaged in regular prayer, and be comfortable using Scripture as part of their prayer. While not necessary, it is highly desirable that applicants have experience making some form of retreat (e.g. weekend) as well as some experience with ongoing spiritual direction. Applicants should be comfortable in talking about their experiences in prayer with a director. The retreat requires a commitment of approximately an hour a day in prayer, with 15 minutes of journaling and 15 minutes of the Examen, as well as a weekly meeting (about an hour) with a director beginning in September and ending in May.

Cost: The cost for the retreat is $150 a month for most Dovehouse spiritual directors and $160 a month if Gail Pitt is the director. There is a $50 non-refundable application fee. Once an individual has completed the application process, and if accepted for the retreat, a $100 non-refundable deposit is required. Both the application fee and deposit ($150) are applicable to the total cost of the retreat.

Application Process: An interview will then be scheduled. Applicants will be informed of the decision on their application as soon after the interview as possible, and a start date for the retreat will be confirmed.

Please mail your completed application and your $50 non-refundable application fee to:

Gail Pitt
Dovehouse Ministries
106 spring Valley Rd
Nashville, TN 37214

Once your application has been received and reviewed, you will be contacted for an interview.