Following in the Footsteps of Saint Ignatius
Forty-four SLU-Madrid students embarked on a pilgrimage to Spain's picturesque Basque Country for the Loyola Retreat. With trees that seem to stretch for miles, mountains that reach for the sky and breath-taking views, the retreat gave students a view of Spain, far from the commotion of Madrid.
During the three-day retreat, both visiting and permanent students of different faiths shared their thoughts and made new friends, all while learning about the rich history of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuit order. Now a month into their semester in Madrid, visiting students enjoyed an ideal moment to take a step back and reflect on their time abroad thus far. With a healthy balance between spirituality and reflection, the retreat also allowed for those who were not Catholic to join an inviting community, and to escape and think.
"Studying at SLU-Madrid means much more than experiencing the many cultural aspects located solely in Madrid," comments visiting student Jason Brown of Creighton University. "It means experiencing all of Spain while taking the time to care for the whole self: mind, body, and spirit."
A SLU-Madrid tradition, the Loyola Pilgrimage Retreat traces the life of St. Ignatius, visiting his birthplace, family home, place of baptism and perhaps the most notable, the spot in which he converted to Catholicism and gave his life to God. SLU-Madrid's Campus Ministry and Office of Student Life organize visits to Loyola every semester. The trips are 50% sponsored by SLU-Madrid to promote SLU's Jesuit mission across the entire University.