Can I bring in our own food?

We don’t permit outside food as we have a fulltime professional kitchen staff that will prepare the meals.

Can I bring my pet on retreat?

While we love animals we would not be able to accommodate your pet while on retreat.

Can I come at any time for a directed or undirected retreat?

It depends on our programming, contact our registrar.  You may walk the land any time, use the labyrinth or visit the Jesuit cemetery.

Can you accommodate my dietary needs?

We are well versed in vegetarian, gluten free, vegan and pretty much any special requirements you might have.

Do you have any private ensuites?

No. Our bathrooms are dormitory style. A fully accessible bathroom is located on the first floor at Loyola House.

Do you have to be Catholic to book space at Loyola?

We support and encourage everyone to use our facilities.

Do you provide laundry service?

We have self-serve laundry facilities for guests and retreatants.

Do you use food from the land here?

Yes, whenever possible.

What do you do at the Ignatius Jesuit Centre?

The Ignatius Jesuit Centre serves as a place of beauty and sustenance. Many different activities and projects are executed here at the centre. We have a retreat, conference and training centre known as Loyola House. The Ignatius Farm is certified organic and consists of Community Shared Agriculture and Community Gardens. We also have a business centre, called Orchard Park Office Centre that is home to many regional businesses and entrepreneurs. The centre is located on 600 acres of beautiful land which includes a pond, orchards, walking trails and a student retreat house known as St. Brigid’s Villa. Other programs include the Ignatius Old-Growth Forest, the 500-year project, and Ecology programming.

What is a directed retreat?

Like most retreats, the environments will be one of prayerfulness and silence; the focus is a upon the presence and activity of God in your life. Each retreatant will be with a spiritual director on a daily basis and the rest of the time will be theirs to be on their own in silence. Prayerful reflection with sacred scripture is the usual setting for this process. There is no preset pattern for directed retreat.

What is a Jesuit?

A Jesuit is a member of the Society of Jesus, a Roman Catholic religious order which was established in 1534. They engage in a wide range of activities, from working on social justice issues to providing education and training to aspiring priests.