Pray the examen with us!

It's difficult to keep up with how much has happened and how our lives have changed recently. We are all feeling some uncertainty as our daily routines are upended. We adjust. We take care of our families, friends, and neighbors. We make it work. 

And at the end of the week, let's take a deep breath, remember that we are in the presence of God, and spend a few minutes in prayerful reflection.

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Pray the examen with us!
Our next event will begin at 4:00 PM (EDT) on Friday, April 10 (Good Friday).



Examen Live! April 3, 2020

This week, Deacon Jason Downer, SJ, led us in an opening prayer and Ms. Kathy Maher guided us through the Ignatian examen. Jason serves at St. Ignatius Church in Chestnut Hill, MA, and is also studying theology at Boston College as part of his formation for the priesthood. Kathy serves as coordinator of spiritual life and Ignatian community development at St. Ignatius.




Examen Live! March 27, 2020

Megan Fox-Kelly, Associate Chaplain and Director of Retreats at College of the Holy Cross, and Rev. William Campbell, SJ, director of Eastern Point Retreat House, led us through our first Examen Live! on Friday, March 27. If you missed it, check it out:



New to the Examen?

The examen is a short prayer of reflection, which St. Ignatius Loyola encourages us to pray daily. You begin by expressing gratitude to God. You review your day, paying attention to where you experienced God's presence and also where you didn't. And lastly, you ask God's help in a few simple things you can differently tomorrow. That's the quick overview, anyway.

There are many different versions of the examen. 

  • Learn more about the Ignatian examen here.
  • Several versions of the prayer are available here.






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