Walk with Jesus

Field-RoadWhat is it?

“Walk with Jesus” is a nine month prayer journey beginning in September. It is  based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. The purpose of the Spiritual Exercises is to encounter God through the person of Jesus Christ; and to become like Christ in our words and actions as we grow in intimacy with God. Rueben Job says, “It is in Jesus that we have the clearest picture of who God is, what God does, and how God invites us to live as God’s children.

The Exercises are divided into four movements or “weeks” designed around the life of Jesus:

  • Encountering the unconditional love of God
  • Accompanying Jesus on His mission and ministry revealed in the gospels
  • Being with Jesus in His suffering and death
  • Experiencing the joy and sharing in the hope of the risen Lord.

The Exercises are a “school of prayer” made up of prayers and meditations grounded in Scripture intending to fuel a desire to know and be companions of Jesus as we serve God with our whole lives. To understand Ignatius and the purpose of the Exercises is to know his motto: Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam, or “For the Greater Glory of God.” The following is a description of the Exercises written by a Jesuit:

The purpose of the Spiritual Exercises has been described in many ways. St. Ignatius says they are intended to help one discover one’s true self and to put such order into one’s life that all decision will be made free of any unhealthy attachments…Another and more over-arching way to consider the Spiritual Exercises is as a process of praying the Gospels to become identified with Jesus Christ in loving and serving God in all things. Personal renewal, becoming deepened in prayer, and Spirit filled decision making are the gifts, the fruits of this experience.

What does it involve?

You will be on this nine month prayer journey with companions using a cohort model. Your experiences of prayer and reflection will be enhanced by one another as spiritual formation happens in community.

The following will be required of you:

  • Three retreats:

September 9, 2017  9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in Essex, MA at FCCOE

January 26 & 27, 2018  Friday evening thru Saturday in Petersham, MA at St. Scholastica Priory (option for early check-in Friday and enjoy a day of quiet reflection).

June 9, 2018  9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in Essex, MA at FCCOE

  • Intentional times of daily prayer and reflection using a guide for the Spiritual Exercises.
  • Nine evening sessions of monthly group spiritual direction beginning in October. The monthly sessions are located at:

              Essex (First Congregational Church of Essex) on the first Tuesday of each month from 7-9 p.m. facilitated by Rama Ziegenhals


How do I Register?

Please complete and submit the on-line application. The cost for this nine month program is $725. A fee of $185 is due upon acceptance with monthly payments of $60 required thereafter. PAX hopes that the monthly payment schedule will help to ease the cost of the program. Fees are to be made payable to “FCCOE” and sent to the attention of Rama Ziegenhals, PO Box 93, Essex, MA 01929.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Rama Ziegenhals at ramapax@gmail.com. Looking forward to being with you on this journey with Jesus!


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