Men's 5-Day Ignatian Retreat: Phoenix - December

December 14 - December 19, 2020
Our Lady of Sorrows Retreat House

Our Lady of Sorrows Retreat Center
750 E. Baseline Road - Phoenix, AZ 85042

602-268-7673  |  602-276-9609 fax  |  email

Retreat costs and other important info:

The cost of a 5-day retreat is $300. The cost of a 3-day retreat is $180. Retreats are to be paid in full at time of registration. (Checks, money orders or credit cards.) We require a $50 deposit to hold your retreat room, this is a non-refundable deposit.

List of Personal Items to Bring (and what not to bring)

  • Rosary, Missal, head covering for women
  • Set of bed linens (for a twin-sized bed) and pillow cases
  • Towels, soap, personal products & toiletries, Kleenex, slippers
  • Notebook, pen or pencil
  • Simple loose fitting, comfortable clothes suitable for a religious house
  • For MEN: No Jeans, Shorts or T-shirts
  • For WOMEN: No pants, slacks or shorts
  • Do not bring radios, CD players, MP3 players, tablets or laptops
  • Alarm clocks are supplied in each room
  • Cell Phones for travel use only. Their use is not permitted during the retreat, and it is will be highly recommended that you turn in such items to the retreat master for the duration of the retreat. Family members should be directed to call this number in case of an emergency: (602) 268-7673.

(Available at or they may be purchased here on arrival):
- Christian Warfare
- New Testament
- Imitation of Christ

Ignatian Retreat

What is to be expected from an Ignatian Retreat?

The first part of the retreat involves an intense look at who we really are and what we are made for. It gives us the opportunity to discover and acknowledge all those many weaknesses, fears and failures in our moral character.
Let us face the fact. In spite of all of our efforts each of us has felt dissatisfied at times with the way we live our lives. There are some things that make us uncomfortable because we are too attached to them. We simply love them too much or in the wrong way. A career, a girlfriend or boyfriend, a recreation, a comfort or pleasure, a personal idea or goal, the list goes on and on.

There are others that make us uncomfortable because deep down inside we fear them too much. A debt that needs to be paid, a controversy, a daunting task that needs our attention, an apology that needs making, a dilemma of conscience that we have not found the courage to tell to a priest, a serious look at the possibility of our be called to the convent, monastery or seminary, the prospect of adding to the family yet another mouth to feed. We fear too much to face the problem, or we fear having to give up the object to which we have grown attached somehow.

This first part of the week is spent in locating and addressing these hyper-sensitive areas of our soul so that we can finally find peace. We will never fix the source of the problem the way we are going ... or only once we have suffered for far too long. Enough of this!

How we all long for true peace! It can and will be found on retreat. At the end of this part, we are given the opportunity of a good confession.

The priest, step by step, helps us prepare an excellent and complete confession, one that solves all the doubts and fears of the past. Did I make a bad confession in my youth? Do I need to confess certain things more clearly? Did I fail to make the proper precisions out of shame? I think that deep down I knew how very wrong this or that was, but I failed to ask the priest because I was not ready to change my ways ... To live with such fears is no way to live. The retreat and the priests preaching it are equipped for these kinds of concerns, and they are there for you.

Throughout the rest of this one-week retreat the priests help the retreatant improve his method of prayer. Taking the life and Person of Jesus Christ as topic, the priest will help you step by step to find the prayer life you thought outside your reach. Picture prayer, far from any longer being the distracted burden it seems at present, becoming a rest and reprieve from the hectic world in which we live ... a moment to breathe deeply of realities that will never change. The priest will help us learn to pray; he will tell us what to say and give us ideas of how to say it.

Finally, there will be instructions on how to make the bigger choices in life in a proper and prudent way. How necessary that is, especially when it comes to choices that, once made, cannot be changed! The choice of a spouse, a vocation to the priesthood or religious orders ... those are choices for life. They had better be properly considered before they are made, or we will be the ones to bear the consequences. It is on such retreats that the best of our youth here in the USA find the courage to choose a direction for their lives. You can too.

You have already made an Ignatian Retreat? Then you know very well that you must return!