St. Paul’s is offering a 12 step journey that is designed to strengthen your relationship with Jesus. It is based upon the Ignatian 28 day retreat, and builds on ancient principles that have led tens of thousands of men and women into a deeper understanding of themselves, God, and their relationship with Jesus.
The Rev.Ted Babcock will lead the journey supported by Sister Carole Riley. Ted is the retired Canon to the Ordinary the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania; retired, Diocesan Administrator, and Canon for Congregational Support for the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Previously he served as a parish priest in the Diocese of Pittsburgh, Central PA and Connecticut. He is an associate at Holy Cross Monastery. Sister Carole Riley is the Executive Director of the West Virginia Institute for Spirituality. She is a member of the Sisters of Divine Providence, and has taught spiritual direction world wide. She is an accomplished pianist, having chaired the music department at Duquesne University and performed throughout the world. Her work in spiritual formation has been recognized by the National Conference of Religious Formation.
This retreat is based on St. Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises and uses scripture, prayer, reflection, journaling based on your prayer life, and an examination of your journey with Jesus during the day to guide your journey. Each day requires daily scripture reading(s), prayer time, journaling and time at the end of the day to examine day. It should take about an hour each day.
The structure of the program is below -
Our first meeting will be on Saturday, September 29th from 8-9am. It is followed by an Initial Retreat, Friday, October 5th late afternoon (5pm) and will run through Saturday the 6th in the afternoon (3pm) at the West Virginia Institute of Spirituality. This initial session will be led by Sister Carole and Ted.
Following that Initial Retreat, we will meet Saturday mornings at St. Paul’s from 8am until 9am in the lower Undercroft. As you feel comfortable, you will be asked to share your spiritual journey based on your own journalling from during the prior week. The community will journey with you through the process, and will be a small group no more than 10-12 people, who are committed to this ancient and sacred process. It is from our work, individually and together, through sharing and group spiritual direction that our new community will emerge. The community is anchored in the unity found in Christ that we will discover as we journey individually and together through the Ignatian Exercises.
Our last session will be a final retreat to the West Virginia Institute of Spirituality. Again it will begin Friday February 15th at 5pm until Saturday the 16th at about 3pm.
Our dates are as follows -
Friday, October 5 6pm - Sunday, October 6 3pm: Initial Retreat at the West Virginia Institute for Spirituality.
Saturday Mornings at St. Paul’s from 8-9am
10/13 - Week 1
10/20 - Week 2
11/3 - Week 3
11/10 - Week 4
11/17 - Week 5
12/1 - Week 6
12/8 - Week 7
12/15 - Week 8
1/5 - Week 9
1/12 -Week 10
1/19 - Week 11
1/26-2/15 Week 12 (Done as a group in Ted's absence. Time to fly solo.)
Friday, February 15 6pm - Saturday, February 16 at 3pm at the West Virginia Institute for Spirituality.
Review of the journey. The last 4 weeks - going solo with community support, prayer life, journalling, examen, exercise in self organization, comment on the process as you received it, things to keep, drop and improve, and next steps. We will also discuss holding a full 28 day retreating using the 19th Annotation.
There is flexibility in the process for those who have prescheduled conflicts or last minute emergencies. It is important that we journey as a community together as best as we can. There is a make up process for those who miss a session. The Retreats are mandatory.
The cost for the retreats at WVIS is $100 or$125 if you wish to have Spiritual Direction with Sister Carole. The cost for the Exercises is $0. The materials required are “Finding Christian the World” by Jospeh A Tetlow, SJ $32.95, and a journal for your own use (note: Father Ted uses his commuter/iPad and print only what he needs - others may purchase a journal and keep it in a hand written hard copy form).
For those who need financial assistance please speak to Ted, or Noah, our Rector.
If you are interested please call Ted at 717-360-7662. If he does not pick up, please leave a message with your phone number and he will return your call as soon as he can.