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


St. Ignatius emphasized that Prayer is the Essence of our life as Christians. We are taught time and time again the communication is the key to any successful relationship.

If we accept both of these premises, this retreat will be a welcomed companion on our faith journey.Successful communication relies on both speaking and listening. On our retreat we will learn to more effectively communicate with God as we listen in the prayerful silence and as we speak from our heart and experience.

The Ignatian Weekend retreat is open to any adult who wants to grow in their relationship with God. It is conducted in an atmosphere of prayerful silence and includes generous times or personal prayer, communal prayer and rest.

2019-2020 Ignatian Weekend Retreat (IWR)
“Lord, Teach Us To Pray”
The weekend retreat fee is $245.
(For first-time retreatants and for retreatants up to
30 years of age, the fee is $195.):

To register: Click here For more information contact
Lisa White (301) 392-0801 or lisa.white@loyolaretreat.org


Directed and Private Retreats

During a Directed Retreat,  a spiritual director is assigned to meet with the person daily.  Together they explore the person’s experience of God.  The spiritual director will offer encouragement and suggestions for prayer to help the person enjoy God’s friendship and grow in it.

During a Private Retreat, a person embraces the silence and serenity of Loyola to enjoy and to deepen his or her relationship with God, without the assistance of a spiritual director.

September 9 – 13, 2019
Fee: $400 Directed/$350 Private

May 28 – June 5, 2020
Fee: $625 Directed/$575 Private

June 16 – 24, 2020
Fee: $625 Directed/$575 Private

July 14 – 22, 2020
Fee: $625 Directed/$575 Private

August 3 – 11, 2020
Fee: $625 Directed/$575 Private

To Register for a Click Here
For more information contact Lisa White at (301) 392-0801
or email lisa.white@loyolaretreat.org


Days of Prayer

October 7, 2019
Come with me into the Fields

December 2, 2019
Prepare Ye the Way

January 6, 2020
Embracing Hope

February 17, 2020
The Greatest of these is Love

March 9, 2020
Our Hope is in the Cross

April 6, 2020
Our Hope is in the Cross

  Each Day of Prayer begins at 9:00am and includes:  Continental Breakfast, Lunch, and Mass.  Fee:  $40

To register Click Here Or contact Lisa White  (301) 392-0801 or lisa.white@loyolaretreat.org

New Year’s Eve Retreat

December 31, 2019 – January 1, 2020

…in the Beginning

Join us as we pray in the New Year.  The retreat begins with Dinner at 6:00 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and is followed by a time of prayer and quiet reflection. We celebrate the Eucharist to bring in the New Year followed by a social. New Year’s Day begins with Prayer and Brunch prior to departure. Fee: $110

To register click here   For more information contact Lisa White at (301) 392-0801 or lisa.white@loyolaretreat.org

“Finding God in Ordinary Time”

A Retreat for Women
January 31 – February 2, 2020

For more information Click Here
Retreat Fee: $245
To Register Click Here

God’s Word in Silence
A Centering Prayer Retreat

April 6 -9, 2020

Some people find God better in silence and stillness than in words and activity. Centering prayer is a way of prayer that emphasizes interior silence as a way of disposing oneself to God’s action within him or her.

Retreat Fee $285 To register on line click here.
For more information contact
Lisa White (301) 392-0801
or email lisa.white@loyolaretreat.org

Triduum & Holy Week Retreat

So that All Might Live
April 9-12, 2020

Triduum: Celebrate the Passion and Resurrection of our Savior with us!  Our Triduum Retreat begins with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion, and culminates with the Easter Vigil.  This silent retreat will include four invitations to prayer. 
Fee:  $295  To register click here.

Retreatants may also make a Private Retreat in silence during Holy Week. (April 6-9).  Fee: $510

For more information contact Lisa White at (301) 392-0801 or
or email lisa.white@loyolaretreat.org


The Creative Contemplative

A Retreat with
Bro. Mickey McGrath
May 7 – 9, 2020

The perfect retreat if you wish to rejuvenate your contemplative spirit and seek new and creative ways to pray and play.  Fee: $295

To Register Click Here For more information contact Lisa White at (301) 392-0801 or lisa.white@loyolaretreat.org

Contemplative Prayer Retreat
May 28 – June 5, 2020

Facilitated by Marilyn Merikangas, Martina O’Shea, Thomas Gavin, S.J.

The Contemplative Retreat offers you an opportunity to learn about quiet prayer and to understand what God is doing when nothing seems to be happening.  It is helpful for people who already have a relationship with God and are just beginning to feel called to let God take the lead.  It is also beneficial for anyone who has been doing some form of quiet prayer for a short or long time.  Space is limited to 15 participants. 


For more information and application Click Here

Cost:  $625.00

Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius
June 16 – July 22, 2020

Tis thirty day retreat offers a personal experience of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.  The Exercises invite a retreatant to grow in union with God as a disciple of Jesus Christ.  The retreat is well-suited to a person who is able to maintain silence, who has made one or more directed retreats, and who has recent experience of ongoing spiritual direction.  During the Exercises, a retreatant prays four or five times a day and sees a spiritual director once a day.  Mass is celebrated daily.  Fee:  $2,300 For more information or to register, contact the registrar at (301) 392-0801.

Living the Fourth Retreat
A Young Adult/Kairos Alumni Retreat

June 26-28

Are you Living the Fourth?
Is it time to refresh, recommit, reconnect?

Renew your enthusiasm and your relationship with God.  Living the Fourth is a Young Adult Retreat for men and women aged 18-30 who have experienced a Kairos Retreat while in High School or College.  The weekend will be a powerful and prayerful reminder of life’s journey of faith. 
Fee: $165  To register click here

Ignatian Leadership for Mission
July 15 -19, 2020

ILM retreats focus on the graces of gratitude, healing, call, and co-laboring.  The retreat format combines presentations, time for silent prayer and reflection, and group faith sharing.  The retreat is open to anyone who seeks personal and spiritual growth in the Ignatian Tradition.  Fee: $480 To register click here

For more information call Lisa White at (301) 392-0801 or email



Contact Lisa White at lisa.white@loyolaretreat.org (301) 392-0801 for more information.

Loyola on the Potomac is currently seeking candidates to fill the following position: Part time Dining Service Utility worker 

Candidates must be comfortable working in the food service industry with duties including, but are not limited to, general cleaning, dishwashing, and food preparation. Must be a team player!  Applications can be picked up at the Retreat House during weekday business hours or by downloading the form from this link: employment application  

Call Dorothy Wells at (301) 392-0805 for additional information.  The position requires weekend and holiday work and flexible hours.  Equal Opportunity Employer.


To make a donation contact Alice Case at alice.case@loyolaretreat.org or (301) 392-0818

Loyola on the Potomac Staff and Friends gathered at the Greater Waldorf Jaycees Community Center to celebrate the 2019 Magis Medal of Honor Recipients:

The Ignatian Spirituality Project ministry offers overnight retreats and days of recollection for men and women who are in transition from homelessness and addiction. Loyola on the Potomac offers 8 retreats a year for the ISP.

Margaret (Peggy) Poole retired after 15 years of serving as Loyola’s bookkeeper.  Peggy not only did a great job as the bookkeeper, she also volunteered at every event and with her family has generously supported Loyola on the Potomac

Frank DeGeorge has been attending retreats at Loyola on the Potomac since it opened.  He has generously made it possible for three generations of his family to attend retreats.

Thanks to all our sponsors, donors and guests who help to make this event a great success.

On October 1-2, 2020, the staff of Loyola on the Potomac enjoyed a two day-one night retreat at the Jesuit Center for Spiritual Growth in Wernersville, Pennsylvania.  The retreat was  facilitated by Rev. Frank Kaminski, S.J.  All the staff members enjoyed the opportunity to “Come Aside and Rest Awhile”, in a beautiful spirit filled location.

Employment Opportunity

Loyola on the Potomac is now accepting resumes/applications for the position of REGISTRAR. This is a full time position with some evening and weekend work required. Ideal candidate will be well organized, possess good customer service skills, and flexible. Proficiency with the Microsoft Word Suite required. Experience with data base management, InDesign, and Word Press desired. Competitive Salary and benefits. LOP is an EOE. Submit cover letter and resume to Jim Palmer, Executive Director at Director@loyolaretreat.org or mail to his attention at P.O. Box 9; Faulkner, MD 20632

The Hermitage &
Huckleberry House

The Hermitage and Huckleberry Houses are independent structures on our grounds available for directed and private retreats. 

Call Lisa White at (301) 392-0801  or email lisa.white@loyolaretreat.org for pricing and availabiliy


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 information and reservations contact:
Lisa White (301) 392-0801

December 17, 2018 – Maryland Province Releases Names of Jesuits Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor

Today, the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus released the names of Jesuits from this province, and other Jesuits who have served in this province, who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors since 1950. As a ministry of the Maryland Province, we are deeply sorry for the harm caused to victims and their families. Today, the Maryland Province offers the transparency and accountability people deserve. We hope that this disclosure of names will contribute to reconciliation and healing.  Please be assured of our continued prayer for any victim of abuse and their families.  A full list of these names and a letter from our Provincial, Father Robert M. Hussey, S.J. can be found at www.mdsj.org