Charis Ignatian Spirituality Retreat

Charis is an Ignatian Spirituality Retreat for Young Adults in their 20s and 30s. 

This year's theme is "Seekers’ Retreat." This retreat presents an intentional time of sharing and reflection for young adults seeking insight and understanding about some of their deepest, innermost longings. As the title suggests, this time away is designed for individuals who are on a quest to fill some of the holes they are experiencing in life, relationships, and faith.

Charis retreat provides an opportunity to connect with others experiencing similar joys and challenges, encounter the teachings and prayer techniques of St. Ignatius of Loyola, and grow in your ability to experience God in all aspects of your life. 

Charis Moves ONLINE

Due to precautions with COVID-19, we will be moving this retreat ONLINE on May 2, 2020, from 10 am to 4 pm. The retreat will offer several themed witness talks along with personal reflection time and group prayers.

The cost is $20 per person. Register online by April 30. 

Click here for the Online Registration system. 

To Download registration form and pay by check click HERE

For more information contact the Office for Young Adult & Campus Ministry at or 713-741-8778.

To Register online click HERE.


What is Charis?

Faced with substantial numbers of young adults leaving the Catholic Church, Charis was founded by the Chicago Province of the Society of Jesus in 2000 to reach out to these young men and women with the unique gift of Ignatian Spirituality.  St. Ignatius of Loyola challenges us to find God in all things.  Charis helps young adults see this grace or “charis” in the midst of transitions in careers and relationships, in their struggles and joys.

Today, we are partners, Charis offers retreat experiences in the Jesuit tradition for men and women in their 20s and 30s, helping them to develop deeper spiritual lives and stronger connections to faith communities.


What is Ignatian Spirituality?

Ignatian Spirituality invites us to encounter God in the practical, real experiences of our daily lives.  Based on the teachings of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the 15th century patron saint of retreats, it promotes an understanding of God as an active, loving, and constant presence in our lives. In community with others, we respond to God’s love and come to know him through the world around us.

Seeing “God in all things,” the Ignatian contemplative strives to become a “man or woman for others,” demonstrating faith through everyday acts of love.  More than just a way of thinking or belief, Ignatian Spirituality is a concrete way of life that fosters deeper prayer, offers a medium for discernment, and nurtures a commitment to social justice. It is a spirituality of the heart that recognizes the sacredness of lived experience.

Why Retreats?

Life is busy, stressful.  It is hard to find the time and discipline to pause and reflect.  If you are in your 20s and 30s, you are also in a nearly constant state of transition and facing a multitude of unanswered questions.

Our peer-led retreat experiences give the gift of the “forced pause” to  young men and women: time off to think, reflect, pray and see where God is working in their lives at that very moment.   They are rooted in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola and invite participants to share their own lived experiences and their histories with each other through talks and small group discussions.


  • Connect with peers interested in exploring the role that faith plays in their decisions and relationships

  • Encounter God’s presence in their daily lives

  • Grow in faith, aided by practical and spiritual tools that help them navigate life’s transitions and challenges.