Have you completed the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius and wish to deepen that experience?

The Magis Program

Greater Understanding, Love and Service

The Magis program offered by the Bridges Foundation provides diverse, experienced lecturers who share their insights and  wisdom for people who wish to continue their spiritual journey. Seven sessions (offered monthly beginning in September) are designed to deepen your experience of the Spiritual Exercises.

Participants have the opportunity to explore the dynamics of the Spiritual Exercises and share their insights with others in a small group.  You may participate in the Magis Program every year if you  wish in order to take advantage of new perspectives from presenters that will be offered each year.

Here’s a video describing the Magis program:


The objectives of the program are four-fold:

1. Deepening the prayerful experiences of participants in the Ignatian Way.

2. Facilitating a sense of connection and community through a monthly gathering and small group sharing.

3. Enhancing the learning and understanding of the spiritual and psychological movements of the Spiritual Exercises.

4. Discerning, learning, and practicing to be prayer companions (for those called to be companions). Click here to read more about the program

Text: DRAW ME into YOUR FRIENDSHIP by D. Fleming, S.J.

Cost: Contribute whatever amount you can afford.  The cost to the Bridges Foundation per participant is approximately $350.00. One person’s contribution helps another and no one is turned away for financial reasons. We ask you to prayerfully consider what you can afford to pay. A payment schedule can be arranged. Everyone must pay the $35 non-refundable application fee, which is 10 percent of the total cost of the program and will be put toward your “Promise to Pay” amount.

Checks can be mailed to: Bridges Foundation, 331 N. New Ballas Box 410275, St. Louis, MO  63141-9998

To discuss your ability to pay and payment options, please email executive director Steve Givens: executive.director@bridgesfoundation.org

For a PDF version of the Magis brochure, click here: Magis Brochure – 2021-2022.


Program Requirements: Completion of the Spiritual Exercises, including the 18th, 19th, or 20th Annotation

Dates and Topics

Saturday, September 18, 2021
Ignatius’ Grace of Conversion and Choices – Fr. Hung Pham S.J.
Images of God – Fr. Hung Pham S.J.

Saturday, October 16, 2021
Personal Sin – Sr. Carla Mae Streeter, O.P.
Social Sin – Sr. Carla Mae Streeter, O.P.

Saturday, November 20, 2021
Examen – Mr. Steve Givens
The Call to Kin-dom – Mr. Steve Givens

Saturday, January 15, 2022
Riches, Honor, and Pride – Ms. Danielle Harrison
Three Phases of Humility – Ms. Danielle Harrison

Saturday, February 19, 2022
Discernment of Spirits: First Week – Ms. Marian Love
Discernment of Spirits: Second Week – Ms. Marian Love

Saturday, March 19, 2022
Eucharist – Fr. Matthew Baugh, S.J.
The Passion of Jesus – Fr. Matthew Baugh, S.J.

Saturday, April 23, 2022
Graces of the Spiritual Exercises – Fr. Michael Dooley, S.J.
Contemplatives in Action – Fr. Michael Dooley, S.J.

Descriptions of Small Groups:

All small groups (except Peer Consultation) have a minimum of 5 and maximum of 15 limit

1. Teilhard and The Spiritual Exercises — For Teilhard, any new truth about the universe that science discovers needs to be integrated into our spirituality, since that truth is bound to reveal something more about who God is, who we are, and what God’s plans are for us and for the rest of creation. Facilitators will provide input and motivation to read, reflect, and awaken an awareness of the Divine Mystery in which we are immersed. In the sessions each participant will be encouraged to listen, share their insights and experiences in the context of the Spiritual Exercises as viewed through the lens of Teilhard’s spirituality. Open to all. Required Text: The New Spiritual Exercises in the Spirit of Teilhard de Chardin by Louis M. Savary. Co-facilitated by Miriam Wesselmann, SSND and Ron Nimer.

2. Ignatian Traditions of Prayer — One of the added benefits of making the Spiritual Exercises is that St. Ignatius introduces retreatants to a variety of different prayer styles. In this course we will explore and practice a variety of Ignatian styles of prayer. Besides the Examen, we will experience Lectio Divina, Ignatian Contemplation or Imaginative Prayer, Colloquy or Conversational Prayer, and several key Meditations from the Spiritual Exercises. As time allows, we will also cover Praying In Nature, Centering Prayer, and Gratitude As a Form of Prayer. We will utilize portions of Mark Thibodeaux’s Armchair Mystic, Easing Into Contemplative Prayer, James Martin’s Learning to Pray, and other sources. Open to all, maximum of 12. Co-facilitated by Tom & Dale Auffenberg.

3. Interfacing the Spiritual Exercises with 12 Step Spirituality — By exploring certain similarities of the Spiritual Exercises and the 12 Step Approach participants will increase their self-knowledge and get in touch with attitudes, actions, and habits that deter or block their relationships with God. With this awareness they will be empowered to make more healthy choices. It will also help prayer companions understand experiences and orientations of retreatants who have been through 12 Step Programs and 12 Step Spirituality. Open to all. Required book: A 12-Step Approach to the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius by Jim Harbaugh, S.J. Facilitated by Rick Lageson, J.D.

4. Inner Compass: Finding Our Creativity in the Spiritual Exercises — This group will be part book study and part writer’ s experience. Using the 10th Anniversary Edition of Margaret Silf ‘s book on the dynamics of the Spiritual Exercises, “Inner Compass,” as a guide, participants will be encouraged to journal the book’s exercises and, as they feel comfortable, to share their journaling or other creative writing during the group sessions. Through the book and their own writing, members will explore the intersection of creativity and Ignatian spirituality. Open to all, maximum 10 participants. Required text: Inner Compass by Margaret Silf. Facilitated by Steve Givens.

5. Dynamics of the Spiritual Exercises — The main focus of this group is an in-depth study of the psychological/spiritual dynamics and graces of the Exercises. Participants will review their own experience of the Exercises and gain increased self-awareness and understanding of how the movements in each Week of the Exercises take place in their personal spiritual journey, leading to a deeper relationship with God. Participation in this group is required for all those who wish to enter the Prayer Companion Training Program. These people are accepted before others. Open to all. Required text: Draw Me into Your Friendship by David Fleming, S.J. Facilitated by Mark McKenzie, S.J.

6. Peer Supervision/Consultation — The purpose of this group is to assist prayer companions in their spiritual growth and enhance their skills as prayer companions. It focuses on the interior movements/counter movements of a prayer companion when interacting with a retreatant. Its main focus is on God’s presence for the retreatant and the prayer companion and the interior reactions to God’s presence, consolation, resistance, struggle, desires, repression, and denial. Concentration on questions of interest will be addressed. Requirement of second year Prayer Companions. Open to Prayer Companions Only. Minimum of 4, maximum of 8 participants. Required Text: The Discerning Heart: Exploring the Christian Path by Wilkie Au and Noreen Cannon Au (Paulist Press, 2006). Facilitated by Hsin-hsin Huang, PhD.

7. Prayer Companion Training —  Entry into group requires admission into the Prayer Companion Training Program and is preparation for leading others through the Spiritual Exercises. Specific requirements: a thorough knowledge and love of the Spiritual Exercises, full participation in the Magis program, evidence of a discerned call, obvious intention for helping individuals grow in their relationship with God using the Spiritual Exercises, and willingness to be a listener and to practice growing in these gifts with others in this group. Open to approved participants only. Minimum of 4, maximum of 8 participants. Co-Facilitated by Marian Love and TBD.

The Magis Program will be offered at:
Webster Groves Christian Church
1320 W Lockwood Ave, St. Louis, MO 63122

If you have any questions, please contact: Magis Program Coordinator: Vicki Harpring at 314-609-9304, or vharpring@yahoo.com