Ignatian Spirituality Retreats
In St. Louis
The Bridges Foundation brings Ignatian Spirituality and the Spiritual Exercises of
St. Ignatius Loyola to everyday life for those who live in the Greater St. Louis area.
We do this through a number of retreats and programs, including our premiere program:
The Bridges Retreat: a 9-month (19th annotation) program for experiencing
the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius in everyday life.
THE BRIDGES FOUNDATION
If you have been experiencing the desire for a deeper relationship with God, then you are invited to receive the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius through the Bridges Retreat.
The Bridges Foundation offers the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola each year at various sites throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area. This program, known as the Bridges Foundation Retreat, provides those seeking a deeper relationship with God the opportunity to experience the full Spiritual Exercises, developed in the 1500s by St. Ignatius of Loyola. For centuries, the Spiritual Exercises were offered over the course of 30 days, with the person devoting that period to silence, solitude and prayer, accompanied and guided by a Spiritual Director. This format continues in use today, often by members of religious orders such as the order founded by St. Ignatius known as the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits).
Ignatius realized, however, that not everyone could leave the responsibilities of their daily lives to devote themselves to the 30-day format, so he provided an alternative. The Bridges Foundation Retreat offers this alternative format, known as the "19th Annotation" or "Retreat in Everyday Life".
Bridges Foundation Calls for Change in Immigration Policy
On June 19, shortly before President Trump signed an executive order promising to keep families together in migrant detentions, the Bridges Foundation sent this letter calling for the change.
June 19, 2018
President Donald Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Dear Mr. President,
We, the Bridges Foundation Board in St. Louis, Missouri, implore you to change your no tolerance policy against immigrants crossing the Mexican border and coming into the United States.
Please issue an order immediately to stop separating young children from their parents. The family is the core to a civilized society. As a country, we need to uphold our American values and to respect human dignity.
We urge you to veto any future immigration bill that allows families to be separated.
The Bridges Foundation Board
Linda Leib, Executive Director
St. Louis, MO 63141-9998