Friends and supporters of Maryland Province Jesuits enjoyed a day of prayer at that Loyola on the Potomac Retreat House in Faulkner, MD, last week just as the autumn season reached its peak. Fr. Robert Hamm, SJ, offered “Reflections on Gratitude,” a mini Ignatian-style retreat in advance of the Thanksgiving holiday and the beginning of a new liturgical year to some thirty participants. Fr. Hamm, director of the St. Francis Xavier Retreat House in Baltimore, offers mornings of reflection regularly at St. Ignatius Parish, also in Baltimore.
A coach bus left from the Jesuit headquarters in Towson early on November 3, and stopped in Bowie before continuing on to Faulkner, where the Loyola on the Potomac Retreat House is situated. The Faulkner retreat was founded by the Society of Jesus in 1958 to serve the greater Washington, D.C., area. Built on a bluff overlooking the Potomac River and surrounded by 235 acres of rolling woodland, the idyllic retreat house is ideal for quiet prayer.
The day began with Rosary meditations on the bus, and light refreshments upon arrival, a talk by Fr. Hamm, and then time for private prayer and reflection. A midday dinner, prepared especially for participants, followed Mass. After a second talk and period for reflection, the day ended with a closing blessing and departure at 2:30 pm.
The day of reflection has been popular this year and has filled to capacity on both occasions. The next day of prayer will take place in the spring. Stay tuned for more information!