Retreat in Daily Life

The Retreat in Daily Life is a retreat based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. While most folks can't take 30 days off their busy lives for a retreat, this retreat was designed by Ignatius to take place while living in daily life. Click here for more on St. Ignatius' Spiritual Exercises.

This journey with the Lord helps the retreatant to grow in spiritual freedom and the ability to find intimacy with God in the midst of everyday life.

You are invited to:

  • Encounter the living God and God's presence in creation, your personal life story, and current life circumstances.
  • Develop a habit of prayer, and become more attentive to the action of God in your life.
  • Better discern your deepest desires to understand God's call and presence in your life and in the world.
  • Become a "contemplative in action", experiencing more deeply the vision of "finding God in all things".


During the retreat sessions, participants will be invited to pray daily with the scripture readings and meditations that are recommended each week, and learn and experience various methods of prayer through guided prayer experiences and prayer material.

A spiritual director will walk with the retreatant as they journey through the Spiritual Exercises. (Spiritual Direction will be available for each participant). See below for more on the Spiritual Directors & Spiritual Direction.

Retreat in Daily Life - Information Sessions

Join us at an information session where we'll present to you all you need to know to embark on this beautiful journey and answer all your questions:

QAS Church Annex A on August 26th at 6:30 PM., or September 1st at 10 AM.

Sacred Heart Church in La Porte on September 3rd at 6:30 PM.

Retreat in Daily Life - Spiritual Direction & Directors

Why spiritual direction when praying the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises?

A spiritual director walks with the retreatant as they journey through the Spiritual Exercises. A spiritual director listens contemplatively to God's movement as the retreatant shares their awareness of God in their prayer and life experience. They guide and encourage a person to listen to the promptings and urgings of the Holy Spirit, and relate their thoughts, feelings, and desires to God.

The director's role is that of being a helper during the retreat. The director explains different ways of praying and suggests the matter to be considered in a prayer period and does not hinder God's movements or impose interpretations of Scripture or theology. The Exercises above all are a time to deepen an intimate relationship between God and the retreatant. God is the ultimate Spiritual Director! Spiritual direction will be available for each retreatant. See more on spiritual direction - click here.

Meet the Directors

Deacon Frank J. Zolvinski

Deacon Frank J. Zolvinski was ordained a Deacon for the Diocese of Gary on June 1, 2013. He is recently retired from the Office of Religious Education for the Diocese of Gary where he served since 1998. He holds a Masters in Religious Education from Loyola University, 1982, a Certificate in Spiritual Companioning, 1994, a Certificate in Spiritual Direction from the Spiritual Life Center, Hammond, IN, 1996. He is an active participant in the Spiritual Direction Supervision Group at Bethany Retreat House in East Chicago, IN since the year 2000. He has conducted hundreds of youth retreats including TAPT (Teens are Pray-ers Too) and Confirmation retreats over his career. He lives with his wife Sue in La Porte, IN, and serves as a full time Deacon at Sacred Heart Parish in La Porte.


Deborah Dellumo

Deborah Dellumo is a Spiritual Director trained in the Ignatian Tradition, and received her training from Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House in Barrington, IL. Coordinator of Liturgy and Spirituality, and Spiritual Director at Queen of All Saints Church, she enjoys giving the Spiritual Exercises, and providing spiritual formation within the parish. As a Lay Spiritual Director, she'll participate on a team for the Spiritual Direction Internship at Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House in 2015-16. She'll also participate in a Spiritual Direction Supervision group at Bellarmine. Debbie is a graduate of the Diocese of Gary Lay Ecclesial Ministry Formation Program. She's married to Tony 36 years, a mother of four, and grandmother of two. She lives in Chesterton, IN.

Retreat in Daily Life - Endorsements & Testimonies

“The Exercises open a person to the Light of God in deeply personal ways. We know what life the sunlight brings forth; well, the Light of God's Spirit touches each "soul" uniquely and brings forth amazing abundance of life and fruitfulness.”

What have past retreatants at Loyola said about their experience with the Spiritual Exercises?

A few of the many positive comments received from retreatants who have completed the Exercises in recent years:

“The retreat made God real for me and had me recognize where God is working in my life.”

“I had no idea these exercises were so powerful and such a blessing.”

“I greatly enjoyed the retreat experience and would highly recommend it to others.”

“The retreat was very timely in my life.”

“The Exercises were very useful, especially the dynamic: booklets, spiritual director and small group weekly meeting. The retreat helped me to remember God in the everyday.”

“I wanted to grow in my own faith and to experience a greater sense of community at Loyola. The retreat met both of these expectations far more than I suspected it would.”

“My expectations were met in many unexpected ways: a prayer group which provided a continuing and effective moral and spiritual support; a spiritual advisor who provided spiritual companionship and guidance.”

Fr. Bill Creed SJ


"The retreat in daily life offers a practical way for individuals to experience in the flow of one’s life, the mysteries of God’s deep love and very personal invitations to ever deepening growth in relationship with God, self, and others. I am in awe of the deep personal formation available to those who commit themselves to the process of transformation that the Spiritual Exercises offer. Many lives, including my own, have been profoundly shaped by St. Ignatius’ gift of the Spiritual Exercises to the Church."

Sr. Joyce Diltz, PHJC, D. Min.
Director, Bethany Retreat House


“How do I tell what the Retreat in Daily Life has done for Me? It has changed my prayer life and given me the means of forgiving a relationship in my life, and a friendship with God. I am grateful beyond words to have had the opportunity to make the retreat.”

Kathy Brill
Member of QAS, Teacher and Catechist


“I experienced the Retreat in Daily Life in 2013-14. I met with my Spiritual Director once every other week for 32 weeks. Yes, it is a time commitment but it is the best time I have ever spent with God. The Spiritual Exercises helped me get to know God and develop a relationship with Him. I developed prayer habits which I have carried with me ever since."

Anna Corkill
Member of St. Patrick Church, Catechist