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.

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).

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 $425.00. 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 $40 non-refundable application fee, which is approximately 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 410275 St. Louis, MO  63141-9998

To discuss your ability to pay and payment options, please email executive director Linda Leib: linda.leib@bridgesfoundation.org.

For a PDF version of the Magis brochure, click here: 2019-20 Magis Brochure – edited – HH – 3-28.


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

Dates and Topics

Saturday, September 21, 2019

  • Purpose of the Spiritual Exercise (annotations)—Danielle Harrison
  • Images of God—Danielle Harrison

Saturday, October 19, 2019

  • God’s Love and My Reaction—Sr. Madeleine Lane, SSND
  • Effects of Sin in the World—Sr. Madeleine Lane, SSND

Saturday, November 16, 2019

  • Inner Awareness of God in Daily Life-Examen—Steve Givens
  • Entering Jesus’ Life through Ignatian Contemplation—Rev. Mr. Dave Harpring

Saturday, January 18, 2020

  • Election—Fr. Anthony Wieck, S.J.
  • Three Classes of People—Fr. Anthony Wieck, S.J.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

  • Discernment of Spirits: First Week—Fr. Chris Collins, S.J.
  • Discernment of Spirits: Second Week—Fr. Chris Collins, S.J.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

  • Eucharist: Jesus’ Gift of Self—Fr. Michael Dooley, S.J.
  • The Cross—Fr. Michael Dooley, S.J.

Saturday, April, 25, 2020 [4th Saturday]

  • The Resurrected Christ—Sr. Carla Mae Streeter, OP
  • Contemplatives in Action—Sr. Carla Mae Streeter, OP

Descriptions of Small Groups:

1. Being Christ Today in The Form of Compassion
Ignatius experienced the Resurrected Christ as consoler. The structure of Christ’s apparitions shows us that this new love is a mission in the world and often shows itself as compassion. Joyce Rupp writes, “Compassion is a way of life – an inner posture of how to be with suffering both our own and others, and a desire to move that attitude into action.”  We cannot really be compassionate to others until we have rediscovered our personal authority and have been compassionate to ourselves. We will explore how the movements of the Four Weeks of the Spiritual Exercises accompany us on this journey.  We will explore.

Open to all, 5 minimum, maximum 15 participants. *Required text: Boundless Compassion by J. Rupp  **Facilitated by Miriam Wesselmann, SSND

2. 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, 5 minimum, maximum 10 participants *Required text: Inner Compass by Margaret Silf
**Facilitated by Steve Givens 

3. Integrating Various Resources in Companioning
The purpose of this group is for prayer companions to share resources and experiences in companioning retreatants through the 19th Annotation Retreat.  Each session will be focused on the Week and topics of the Spiritual Exercises.  While the facilitator(s) will offer information on various resources, the expectation is that each participant will bring his or her own experiences and resources to share with the group.  The group will provide an opportunity for participants to ask questions of others and receive the benefits of valuable insights of fellow prayer companions.

*Open to Prayer Companions Only; minimum 5; Limited to 12 participants
** Co-facilitators: Joan Kletzker and Laurie Hannigan

4. 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 Companions Training Program. These people are accepted before others.

*Open to all, maximum 15 participants.
* Required text: Draw Me into Your Friendship by David L. Fleming, S.J.
** Facilitated by Hsin-hsin Huang, Ph.D. and assisted by Linda Leib.

5. 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.  *Minimum of 4 Applicants

** Co-Facilitated by Marian Love and Rosemarie Parsons

6. 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.  Required book:  A 12-Step Approach to the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius by Jim Harbaugh, S.J.

*Open to all
; minimum 5 maximum 12 participants
**Facilitated by Rick Lageson, J.D.

NOTE Qualifications for entry into small groups: Small groups #1, 2, 4, & 6 are open to all Magis participants.  Small Group #3 is designed for Prayer Companions while Small Group #5 is specifically for Prayer Companion Training and requires admission with application which is due by June 1, 2019.

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


In the context of Bridges, Prayer Companions are those who have completed the Spiritual Exercises in either a thirty-day or Nineteenth Annotation Retreat (Retreat in Everyday Life), and who have received rigorous instruction from qualified trainers in the methods of instructing others in the Spiritual Exercises.If you feel called to become a Prayer Companion and guide others in the Bridges Retreat you will need to complete the Dynamics of the Exercises (and attend all seven sessions). Once you have done this, you may begin the application process to be considered for the Prayer Companions Training Program.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Executive Director: Linda Leib @ 314 313-8283 or   linda.leib@bridgesfoundation.org