Calendar of Events
2025-11-10 to 2025-11-23
Dear friends and pilgrims,
Please save the date for the OIS's Japan Pilgrimage: Follow the Footsteps of St Francis Xavier!
A14-day journey through Nagasaki, the cradle of Christianity in Japan, Kyoto, and Tokyo amidst the fall foliage of 2025. Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks...

2025-06-26 to 2025-06-29
With Fr. Hung Pham, S.J.

-- Travel Itinerary --


  • Arrive at Mexico City Airport (MEX) by 3 pm
  • Private bus transport to hotel
  • Welcome & dinner
  • Pilgrims arriving early can visit the historic center with the Metropolitan Cathedral, the first cathedral built in Americas, and the Presidential Palace.


  • Pray and attend private mass at the Basilica of Guadalupe. Take a guided tour of the santuary ground.
  • In the afternoon, visit the beautiful Bosque de Chapultepec city park and enjoy free time at Coyoacan artisan market.


  • Take a day trip to Puebla, a 2-hour drive from Mexico City. Tour the pyramid at Zona Arqueológica de Cholula, visit the Church of the Virgin of the Remedies, Templo de Santa Maria Tonantzintla, and old town Puebla. Attend private thanksgiving mass at the Basilica Cathedral of Puebla. Celebratory dinner to conclude the pilgrimage.


  • Departure


CONTACT: Chieu-Lan Nguyen, 714-202-7020,

2024-12-28 to 2025-01-14

Explore Vietnam in 18 days with Fr. Hung Pham, SJ

Pilgrimage to important Catholic shrines and various cultural and historical sites of the three regions of Vietnam North – Central – South


  3 days Chiang Mai, Thái Lan

  4 days Hà Nội – Ninh Bình – Vịnh Hạ Long

  4 days Đà Nẵng – Huế – Hội An

  6 days Sài Gòn – Cái Bè – Tiền Giang – Hà Tiên – Đà Lạt

Contact: Nguyễn Chiêu Lan, 714-202-7020 -


2024-10-14 to 2024-10-26

A13-day pilgrimage to the major Marian shrines of Europe: Fatima, Lourdes, and Montserrat [Additional stops include: Lisbon, Paris, and Barcelona].

At the holy sites, we will:

  • Celebrate a private mass on the sanctuary grounds
  • Take guided tours of the shrines of the Marian apparitions
  • Make pilgrimage walks to the Village of the Three Little Shepherds (Fatima) and places of St Bernadette’s early childhood (Lourdes)
  • Experience the legendary, healing water of the miraculous Lourdes springs
  • Participate in the rosary and candle procession with other pilgrims
  • Visit the famous Benedictine Monastery in Montserrat where St Ignatius
  • ...more information on the registration page

Contact: Lan Chieu Nguyen, 714-202-7020,


2024-06-10 to 2024-06-22
with Fr Hung Pham, SJ

A 12-day pilgrimage for young adults (22-40 years old) who seek to deepen their faith by following the footsteps of St. Ignatius of Loyola.

Participants will fully immerse themselves by:

  • physically walking through the Ignatian sites in Northern Spain and from La Storta to Rome, Italy
  • spiritually engaging in individual meditation and contemplation
  • actively participating in small-group sharing and celebrating daily Eucharist
  • living simply as a small community of Jesus’ disciples


Lan Nguyen, 714-202-7020,


2024-03-07 6:30 PM to 2024-04-11 8 PM CDT
Part 2 - Second Week Rules & Communal Discentment

This is the second of a two session workshop. This session will be held six times on Thursday from February 29th through April 4th from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM CT. We will examine the Ignatian Discernment of Spirits as they pertain to the "Second Week" of the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises.


2024-02-27 6:30 PM to 2024-04-02 8 PM CDT
Part 2 - Second Week Rules & Communal Discernment

This is the second of a two session workshop. This session will be held six times on Tuesdays from February 27th through April 2nd from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM CT. We will examine the Ignatian Discernment of Spirits as they pertain to the "Second Week" of the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises and of communal discernment.

[This workshop is in Vietnamese only]


2024-02-25 7:30 PM to 2024-02-29 8:45 PM CST
"An Acceptable Time"

Please reserve the evening of Sunday February 25 - Thursday February 29 for an ONLINE LENTEN RETREAT where we will revisit the traditional Lenten practices of PRAYER, FASTING, and ALMSGIVING from an Ignatian Perspective.   

OUR EVENING SCHEDULE (Central Time – USA / Canada): 

     7:00 pm – 7:30 pm (optional small group sharing)

     7:30 pm – 7:40 pm (opening prayer)

     7:40 pm – 7:50 pm (introducing topic/theme for the night)

     7:50 pm – 8:30 pm (panel conversation) 

     8:30 pm – 8:40 pm (Q & A)

     8:40 pm – 8:45 pm (Examen)


2024-02-17 to 2024-02-26
With Fr. Hung Pham, SJ and Fr. Peter Gadalla, SJ

This pilgrimage had been cancelled due to instability situation in the area.


A 10-day pilgrimage designed for those who seek to deepen their faith through:

  • Physically walking the land
  • Spiritually engaging in individual meditation and contemplation
  • Actively participating in small-group sharing and daily Eucharist
  • Living simply as a community of Jesus’s disciples

Travel Itinerary

  • Day: 1-4
    • Arrive in Tel-Aviv by 3 pm. Travel to Galilee. Visit Nazareth, Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, Primacy of Peter, Tabgha, Mount of Beatitudes, Magdala, Mount Tabor, Kana, Stella Maris
  • Day: 5-10
    • Travel to Judah. Visit Jericho, Dead Sea, Nativity Grotto, Shepherds Field, Mount of Olives, Gethsemane, Holy Sepulcher, Temple Mount, Peter Gallicantu, Upper Room, Tomb of Mary. Depart from Tel-Aviv

Contact: Lan Nguyen, 714-202-7020,

2024-02-14 8:26 AM to 2024-03-31 8:26 AM CDT
Friends in the Lord

The newly established UCS Office of Ignatian Spirituality is richly blessed to be growing in faith and friendship with seasoned Ignatian Communities throughout the Central & Southern province and beyond. Our conversations continue to take shape around a shared and evolving Mission and Vision for Ignatian minsitry across the region:

MISSION STATEMENT: "We are a body of companions in Christ who live, study, and apply the Spiritual Exercises in various ways for all people across the UCS province." Spiritual Exercises (working definition): Anything grounded in Ignatian / Jesuit foundational sources (e.g., the Spiritual Exercises, Autobiography, Jesuit Constitutions, etc.).

VISION STATEMENT: "As companions journeying with Christ in our world and the Church today, we strive to become a network inspiried by the Ignatian tradition to be open to the movement of the Holy Spiirt to discern, collaborate, cooperate with God's unfolding vision."

Please pray with us, pray for us, and be attentive to opportunities to join us!

For links to our Collaborators' websites, or to be added to this mailing list, visit (and scroll down) this link: Our Team (

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