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I Am Alone … A spiritual conversation retreat facilitated by members of the Ignatian Spirituality Centre team. Join us for an exploration of the challenges and gifts of loneliness.

Being lonely is a reality that most of us face at one point in our lives. Perhaps you may recognize yourself in one of the following: I was married. I lost my spouse … I belonged to a religious community, and I left … I always consciously or unconsciously sought the ideal soulmate but … I’ve been in relationships, but they never seemed to work … I have made a decision to live life on my own but sometimes I get lonely…

But what if there were a hidden gift in befriending our aloneness? Could being alone, whatever form it may take be a positive and distinctive calling from God and not just a state one falls into because living a partnership has not been possible or even an option? Can loneliness be transformed into fruitful solitude? What is the difference? Is there a way to make deep sense out of being alone?

Our ‘Place to Belong’ retreats bring together people who are challenged in a similar type of journey. These are silent retreats in which we present four (4) scripture or relevant spiritual texts as a basis for reflection. We conclude each meditation with a voluntary sharing on your experience of the silent directed personal meditation.

Living your aloneness in a Christian context can be a challenge. You may find it difficult to find your place, deep wounds may come to the surface and leave you in a painful space. You may feel a wide range of emotions, such as … loneliness, abandonment, guilt, not belonging, exclusion to name but a few. Your role in community might remain ill-defined, and you may be wondering how to live your aloneness in an authentic way.

This retreat aims to cultivate and strengthen a spirituality that allows you to live a deeply intimate and personal relationship with God. You will explore Ignatian contemplative prayer together and will be able, if you wish, to share in spiritual conversation. Rather than finding a solution to what weighs you down in your loneliness, we will explore together the fruitfulness of solitude.

For more information or if you have any questions about this retreat, please contact to contact our Registrar Team at or at 438 377-1597.

With the support of our generous donors, we strive to make our spiritual retreats accessible to everyone. Should the cost of this retreat be a challenge to your participation, please let us know if the ISCM can be of help.

25, Jarry Ouest Montreal QC H2P 1S6
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