Retreat ministry is one of the ministries that was very close to the heart of St. Ignatius. From the early beginnings of the Society of Jesus, we have been involved in transforming lives through this ministry. The Spiritual Exercises, that St. Ignatius wrote, is one of the life transforming means to reach God. Bombay Jesuits have been serving thousands of religious and laity through this ministry. The two retreat houses that we run, Vinayala Retreat House in Andheri and Retreat House in Bandra cater to the spiritual thirst of today’s Catholics. “Come, relax, be still and have a vacation with God.”
The Retreat House, Bandra, a Centre for Wholeness, inspires being ‘contemplative in action’ to co-create fullness of life for all. Nestling in sylvan surroundings and overlooked by the Shrine of Our Lady of the Mount and the Bandstand promenade below, it provides a calm and conducive environment for silence and solitude, prayer and reflection. It was founded in 1931 through the untiring efforts of the late Fr. Adrian Le Tellier, SJ, a Belgian Jesuit belonging to the Calcutta Jesuit Province, who sought to incarnate the Ignatian charism. Following in the footsteps of St. Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus, it is our pleasure and privilege to explore new frontiers of spiritual ministry for our times.