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Novena of Grace

God Walking with Us

Tuesday, March 12—Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Rev. Matt holland, SJ, JoAnn Lopez, and Ross Hays, presenters

Please note a new time and format for weekday evenings.*


12:30 pm at Chapel of St. Ignatius, Seattle University (Eucharist)


*6:30 pm at St. Joseph Church, Seattle (Contemplative Prayer)


1:00 pm at St. Joseph Church (Eucharist)


1:00 pm at Chapel of St. Ignatius (Eucharist)

about the program

Deepen your experience of Lent this year by entering into Novena of Grace, a retreat that can be made amid the busyness of daily life. Take just one hour a day to attend the retreat either at the Chapel of St. Ignatius (Eucharist) or St. Joseph Church (*contemplative prayer), or make the retreat online. Be inspired by the preaching of three presenters steeped in the Ignatian tradition and vision, offer up your deepest desires in prayer, and join a faith-filled community. Attend any or all of the nine days to experience God’s abundant grace! 

*New this year at 6:30 pm at St. Joseph Church will be a contemplative prayer service.This shorter evening liturgy will retain the elements of music, daily readings, personal prayers of petition, and blessings with the relics. However, instead of Communion, there will be a quiet period of individual reflection with guiding questions, images and music. Join us for a more intimate retreat-like experience of contemplative prayer and community!   


There is no cost to make this retreat. Free will offerings are welcomed! Thank you for making a donation towards this program.   


New this year is free parking on the Seattle University campus for all Novena attendees! 

  • Please visit the Broadway Garage (entrance off Broadway at E. Columbia St - click for a campus map) between 12:00 pm and 12:40 pm March 12-15. At the booth, you'll receive a complimentary Mass Parking permit for all nine days of the Novena. Should you want to park outside of the permit time frame of 12:00 to 2:30 pm, you need to pay to park at the visitor permit machine (Pigott visitor lot and 1st floor of Broadway Garage  -  machines accept Visa and MasterCard).

  • ADA: Any attendee who has a state ADA placard or license plate should go to the Pigott parking lot (entrance off of 12th Ave at E. Marion). 21 ADA stalls on a first come first serve basis. Receive a permit at the booth.

  • On Sunday March 17, you are welcome to park in either the Broadway Garage or the Pigott visitor lot. There will be no booth staff on duty. 

  • Free parking is available in the St. Joseph parking lot (entrance off of 19th Ave E just south of E. Aloha St - click for directions). 

  • Street parking is also available in the neighborhood.  Please observe all posted placards. 

Make the retreat online

For those who are unable to join us in person, we offer this nine-day Lenten retreat in an "on-the-go" version online. Use the audio or written reflections, as well as booklet and prayer card, to make the retreat at your own convenience.

Day 1 | Tues 12 Mar | JoAnn Lopez

Day 2 | Wed 13 Mar | Ross Hays

Day 3 | Thur 14 Mar | Matthew Holland, SJ

Day 4 | Fri 15 Mar | JoAnn Lopez

Day 5 | Sat 16 Mar | Matt Holland, SJ

Day 6 | Sun 17 Mar | Ross Hays

Day 7  | Mon 18 Mar | JoAnn Lopez

Day 8 | Tues 19 Mar | Matt Holland, SJ

Day 9 | Weds 20 Mar | Ross Hays

  • Offer up your Gratitudes and Graces Received by emailing Andrea or calling (206) 329-4824.

  • Use this Prayer Card to reflect on and integrate your retreat experience.

  • Learn more about St. Francis Xavier with this biography by Francis Mathy, S.J.

  • If you made this retreat online, please let us know about your experience by emailing Andrea.

  • If you found the Novena to be a fruitful experience, please prayerfully consider making a donation to the Ignatian Spirituality Center.


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about the presenters

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Ross Hays, MD, has been part of the Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life (SEEL) community as a retreatant, director and board member. He is a professor at the UW School of Medicine, Director of the Pediatric Palliative Care Program at Seattle Children’s Hospital, and the medical director for the Stepping Stones Pediatric Program for Providence Hospice of Seattle. He is a parishioner at St. James Cathedral.


JoAnn Lopez, MDiv, is currently the Campus Minister for Liturgy at Seattle University. She grew up in India and Singapore, where she learned how to live in an multifaith and multicultural world. She has been immersed in Jesuit formation through her experiences at Saint Joseph’s University, Boston College, Jesuit Volunteer Corps, and now Seattle University. She marvels at unity in diversity in the church, and is passionate about ritual, prayer, the global church and social justice.

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Rev. Matthew R. Holland, SJ, is currently the Pastor of St. Leo Parish in Tacoma. A native of Seattle, he attended Bellarmine Prep, and earned degrees in history from Gonzaga and Saint Louis Universities. He spent six months in Guatemala learning Spanish before going to Bogotá, Colombia for theological studies. He returned to the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, helping with the Spanish liturgies as a deacon. After ordination, Fr. Holland has served in parish ministry. 


Call (206) 329-4824 or email Andrea Fontana, ISC Program Coordinator. 

Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center