Grand Coteau, Louisiana
Situated on 900 acres of beautiful farmland, the Jesuit Spirituality Center at Grand Coteau provides a quiet and restful environment for those seeking to listen and respond to God through the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola.
The buildings and grounds of St. Charles College provide a tranquil setting for prayer and meditation, reading and relaxation. The farmland boasts live oak, pine and pecan trees, azalea and other flowering bushes in the heart of Cajun country. Bicycles, an outdoor swimming pool and walking and jogging paths are available for exercising and relaxation.
The retreat center, newly-renovated and reopened in June 2013, now has central air conditioning and provides 33 retreatant rooms. Each room has a full bath, a new bed and an individual temperature control. The third floor features a bright, airy lounge area for retreatants, as well as a snack room. A separate dining room for retreatants provides a quiet atmosphere for meals.
The Jesuit Spirituality Center features individually directed retreats. A directed retreat at the center is a personally guided prayer experience of three, five, eight or thirty days in which the retreatant follows the dynamics of the Spiritual Exercises while listening for God’s personal word spoken through the Scripture. Ongoing spiritual direction may be arranged, usually as a follow-up to an individually directed retreat. Jesuit discernment retreats are also offered free of charge each fall for those considering a vocation to the Society of Jesus.