19TH ANNOTATION RETREAT IN DAILY LIFE
“Everyone of us needs half an hour of prayer each day, except when we are busy – then we need an hour.”
~ St. Francis de Sales.
19th Annotation Retreat in Daily Life. What is it and who makes one?
St. Ignatius of Loyola, who created the 30-day Spiritual Exercises during the 16th century, knew even then that some people would not be able to take 30 days away from their regular responsibilities to make a 30-day retreat.
The 19th Annotation (“the 19th”) then is an option of the 30-day retreat for individuals who cannot take the time away to do the Exercises as they were practiced originally. Often done by individuals who work full-time, the Exercises are extended over approximately nine months. Retreatants doing the 19th commit to weekly prayer practices, readings, meditations, and journaling under the guidance of their spiritual director. You will typically meet with your director on a weekly basis.
When making the 19th, you are invited to spend 60 minutes in prayer each day. If you are interested in doing the 19th and you do not have an established prayer practice of at least 30 minutes each day, speak with your spiritual director. They can help you prepare yourself for the time commitment the 19th requires.
If you are interested, speak with your spiritual director (if they are certified to offer the 19th) or contact Sr. Carole Riley, CDP at email@example.com or 304.345.0926.