Graduate Seminars


From our earliest days, the Cenacle School of Spiritual Direction has encouraged students to pray scripture as St. Ignatius had requested.  The participation in the full Ignatian Exercises is a requirement of the School of Spiritual Direction and is a key part of our students’ program.  The four day graduate seminar, which deals with the main meditations and flow of the Exercises, is the natural outcome.  Each seminar presents spiritual topics directly related to the Spiritual Exercises and offers graduates the opportunity to strengthen their gifts in directing others, as well as time to deepen their own spirituality.  These seminars are offered twice a year, March and September, by various instructors schooled in the Exercises and is only open to graduates of the program.


2018 Schedule

Fr. Peter Ryan

At the March 15 – 18, 2018 Seminar, Fr. Peter Ryan, SJ will present on Healing & the Exercises.

Father Peter Ryan, SJ is a member of the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus. Fr. Ryan served as executive director of the Secretariat of Doctrine and Canonical Affairs of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) from 2013-2016. Previously he was director of spiritual formation and professor of moral theology at Kenrick-Gennon Seminary in St. Louis, a professor of moral theology at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, Emmitsburg, Maryland, assistant professor of theology at Loyola College in Maryland, 1994-2001. Fr. Ryan holds a licentiate and doctorate in theology from the Gregorian University, Rome; a master of divinity degree from Regis College, Toronto; a master of arts degree in English, a licentiate in philosophy from Gonzaga University, Spokane; and a bachelor of arts in political science from Loyola College in Maryland. He is currently teaching at the Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit and has agreed to act as academic adviser for the Cenacle Spiritual Direction Program.


At the September 26 – 30, 2018 Seminar, Fr. Timothy Gallagher, O.M.V. will present on Week 2 Rules of Discernment.

Father Gallagher, O.M.V. has dedicated years of his life to an extensive ministry of retreat work, spiritual direction, and teaching in the Ignatian spiritual tradition.  He received his doctorate from the Gregorian University in 1983.  As a member of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary, he has taught at Our Lady of Grace Seminary Residence (Boston) and at St. John’s Seminary (Brighton, MA); he was also provincial for two terms for the USA province of the Oblates.  Father Gallagher is the author of five popular books on the Ignatian Exercises.