Our Mission Statement

Inspired by The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola, Loyola on the Potomac, a Jesuit Retreat House, seeks to encourage and support an individual’s spiritual growth and promote a relationship of depth with God.

For more information about Loyola, our Ministry and Vision Click here

Retreats and Programs

Lessons from Loyola
November 25, 2022 — Your Gratitude List

New Lessons are posted every Friday and Monday

Archives: Lessons From Loyola and other online programs


Other Inspirational Resources

Provisions for the Journey
Advent Reflections from
 Elaine Ireland
— Week of November 27

Come and See, Week of November 20
Come and See, Week of November 13
Come and See, Week of November 6
Come and See, Week of October 30


Upcoming Retreats at Loyola on the Potomac

Private and Directed Retreats

January 2 – 6, 2023
Directed Retreat fee $425
Private Retreat Fee $380

For complete schedule,  information,  or to Register 

Days of Prayer

December 5, 2022 Advent Day of Prayer
January 9, 2023 New Year’s Day of Prayer

For complete schedule, information,  or to Register

Ignatian Weekend Retreats (IWR)

If Today You Hear God’s Voice

January 20 – 22, Men

January 27 – 29, Men and Women 


 For complete schedule, information or to Register 

Loyola Sponsored Retreats

Why make a retreat?

A retreat is a time to come away from our ordinary activities, to rest, pray, and invite God to renew our spirits. It is an opportunity to gain perspective and to find new meaning for our lives. Loyola on the Potomac offers a variety of retreat experiences: Individually Directed Retreats, Private Retreats, Days of Prayer, Holy Week Triduum Retreat, New Year’s Eve Retreat and Special Ignatian Retreats on Specific Ignatian Themes. Loyola is also available to host other retreats.

Spiritual Guidance

All things in this world are gifts of God, created for us, to be the means by which we can come to know him better, love him more surely and serve him more faithfully.

St. Ignatius of Loyola


Additional Information


Join us for Advent!

Loyola offers several opportunities to enter into the season of Expectation, Hope and Mystery as we await the coming of Jesus:


God So Loved the World
an Advent Day of Prayer

December 5 with Sara Dwyer, ASC


How do we experience the mystery of Incarnation as we enter the Advent Season?

Click here for more information: Day of Prayer



Advent Evening Prayer Series

Join these prayer sessions from the comfort of your home. These facilitated one hour Zoom sessions will be held at 7 PM on four Tuesday evenings in Advent. There is no charge, but you must register to obtain the link at Reservations@loyolaretreat.org.

Dates and Facilitators
November 29 — Father Paul McCarren, S.J.
December 6 — Kathy Maguire-Zeiss
December 13 — Father Jim Conroy, S.J.
December 20 — Father Frank Kaminski, S.J.

Loyola on the Potomac is currently seeking a candidate to fill the following position:

Cook/Utility Worker

This is a full time position with benefits. Duties divided between Cook and Dining Services Utility Worker. Candidate must be comfortable working in the food service industry with duties including, but not limited to, cooking and meal preparation, general cleaning, and dishwashing. Must be a team player. The position requires weekend work and flexible hours. Download an APPLICATION FOR EMPLOYMENT here or pick one up at the Retreat House during weekday business hours. Contact Freda Wells, Director of Dining Services at (301) 392-0805 or email freda.wells@loyolaretreat.org
LOP is an EOE.

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Our E-Newsletter Letters from Loyola is published the second Monday of each month; for the latest newsletter: Click Here

To see previous Letters from Loyola: Click Here

If you would like to receive the monthly newsletter email: director@loyolaretreat.org


The Hermitage

The Hermitage  is an independent structure available for directed and private retreats. It is located on Popes Creek Road about a mile from the entrance to the main Retreat House. This lovely house has two bedrooms, two full baths, a fully-equipped kitchen, living room, prayer room and a screened porch complete with wonderful rockers. For photos of the Hermitage, click here.

To request the availability of The Hermitage, please email us at reservations@loyolaretreat.org

St. Inigoes Youth Camp
@ Loyola on the Potomac

Camp Rental Available

Accommodations include:
Amphitheater – Chapel
Deep Wash Sinks – Refrigerator
Fire Pit – Hiking Trails
Indoor bathrooms & Showers
Meeting Space – Picnic Pavilions

Open April – November

For more information, please contact our Executive Director,     Jim Palmer at (301) 392-0806 or by email to Director@loyolaretreat.org