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Opening to Compassion – March 2024

March 15 @ 4:30 pm March 17 @ 12:00 pm PDT


An Ignatian Weekend Silent Retreat

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Compassionate God,
your generous presence
is always attuned
to hurting ones.
Your listening ear
is bent toward
the cries of the wounded
Your heart of love
fills with tears
for the suffering.

Joyce Rupp

Join spiritual directors Jan Evans and Esther Hizsa for a silent, guided prayer retreat opening to the desire to encounter God’s compassion personally using Ignatian prayer practices such as Lectio Divina, Imaginative Prayer and Prayer of Examen.

March 15-17, 2024  (Online)

TIME: Friday, 4:30 pm PT (7:30 pm ET) to Sunday, noon PT (3 pm ET)

COST: $100. Register early. Spaces are limited.


  • Silence is observed after the first session Friday until the closing sharing on Sunday.
  • Four group input sessions exploring various dimensions of this theme.
  • Four or five 45-60 minute periods for assigned personal prayer spaced throughout the retreat
  • Three 15 minute one-on-one spiritual direction sessions with Jan, Esther or another spiritual director.

Participants are encouraged to retreat in a physical space conducive to maintaining silence while they vacation with the Lord. More details will be sent following registration.


Jan Evans

Jan Evans* has accompanied many persons through the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises in Daily Life (Annotation 19) over the past 12 years. She received her Ignatian training through workshops offered by Loyola House – Ignatian Spirituality Centre in Guelph and a supervised practicum with a Loyola House spiritual director. She currently offers spiritual direction from her home in London, Ontario and teaches in the Ontario Jubilee Spiritual Direction Training Program.

Esther Hizsa

Esther Hizsa* has completed and accompanied people praying the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises Retreat in Daily Life (Annotation 19) with JSAV (Jesuit Apostolate Spirituality of Vancouver). She has an M Div from Regent College, co-facilitates Living from the Heart and is on the Leadership Team of SoulStream. She posts weekly on her blog An Everyday Pilgrim and is the author of Stories of an Everyday Pilgrim, Seed Cracked Open, and In the Heart of the Beloved. Esther attends St. Stephen the Martyr Church in Burnaby.

*Denotes Independent Contractor

Jan and Esther are both partners of SoulStream, a dispersed, contemplative Christian community.

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