On the 28th of October 2016, Fr. Paulini Zhai, SJ introduced the 8-day Ignatian Retreat to the ICLA resident students. An annual retreat is part of their integral formation as they pursue their masteral or doctoral studies in the Institute. As contained in the Vision statement of ICLA, the Institute is "an academic-formative community of higher learning..." The retreat is being held at the ICLA campus.
Assisting Fr. Paulini are nine Spiritual Directors/Companions to whom the retreatants go for spiritual direction/accompaniment. This is an important part of of the Ignatian Retreat. There is only one conference (45 minutes - 1 hour) and the rest of the day is spent in private prayer, except the common Eucharistic celebration in the evening, and spiritual accompaniment. This is a silent retreat and it is very inspiring to observe the students being silent each day.
The Spiritual Directors/Companions are Fr. James Kannanthanam CMF, Sr. Cecilia Claparols RA, Sr. Vicky Palanca ICM, Sr. Nori Marquez FI, Sr. Li Lanxiu RSCJ, Sr. Amelia Vasquez RSCJ, Ms. Tessa Rosana, Sr. Elvie Camilion FCJ, and Fr. Fred Saniel SVD. Each retreatant goes for spiritual accompaniment during the retreat at least every other day. Some meet their spiritual companion every day.
We thank all of you who are praying for us during the retreat. Today, 1st of November, is the 4th day of the Ignatian Retreat.