28 Days of Prayer

Submitted by Genevieve Bleidner '13 on February 10, 2010

On Monday, February 1, Fairfield University launched a new retreat experience called 28 Days of Prayer. The 4-week event offers an insight to the Ignation way of praying in everyday life, which includes 30 minutes of spiritual exercise a day guided by a director once a week for an hour or more.

Participants were matched with a spiritual leader who will join them throughout the 4 weeks of prayer. On this kick-off day, participants took part in quiet reflection and sharing of spiritual beliefs and experiences in order to discover their individual needs and beliefs. Discussions ranging from coming to terms with tragedy to celebrating profound happiness in everyday life were breached in this hour-long session.

Participants formed a greater understanding of the “men and women for others” approach of the Ignation way in just this first day of the event. They left with a stronger connection to their faith and to God, as well as a greater sense of love and hope through community and the kindness of others.

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